the walking dead season 5

S05xE01 “No Sanctuary”

The Tribe has come to Terminus and encountered the basest of humankind. The Terminus tribe have lied, connived and taken advantage of as many ears as their broadcast has reached. No one at Terminus has been forced to abuse their fellow man; these are the choices of their tribe. Still, the question becomes, what happened to Terminus that made these people engage in such vicious activities? Is this a case of a good group gone bad because of circumstance or is the Terminus tribe inherently evil? If evil is inherent or learned through experience, what does that mean our Tribe has the potential to become?

Spoilers ahead, sweetie!

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Season 4 of The Walking Dead took character development and metanarrative to an unsurpassed level. This television show, while one of the most gory and violent on television, is also the most honest and thoughtful examination of morality, human nature versus nurture and the choices individuals make that keep us moving forward. I have really enjoyed writing about the show, especially after taking the UC Irvine Zombie course online back in fall 2013. Thinking about events of living in a post-apocalyptic world in an immersive way has forced me to acknowledge the spectrum of morality in us all, reviewed spectacularly in a television show that is not all about killing zombies, but about discovering the core of humanity. The fall premiere and season 5 seem so far away! I know that our tribe will rally together, and seriously? These Terminus fuckers have no idea who they are messing with.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our time exploring the Walking Dead universe together. Don’t forget–aim for the brain and always pack a second weapon.

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Gauging morality on a few superficial interactions or first impressions is impossible. Humankind is made up of layers of emotional, spiritual and physical purpose, and so only time and experience can really show a person’s true essence. In a post-apocalyptic world, the good guys have to do bad things and, occasionally, bad guys turn good; there is a lot of gray area. For the tribe members–who have spent time together, cultivated relationships with one another, experienced shit storms and life affirming moments together–the camaraderie they feel toward each other is built on a foundation of trust. Faction members have fought side by out in the Georgia woods, traveling toward a common goal–Terminus–where there is “sanctuary” for all. But, if the factions have learned anything since the prison, it is to fear the living. The idea of a utopian sanctuary away from the frights of the zombie apocalypse is really, really nice, but, as with any group, the question of how invested individuals must be at a site to become accepted looms over the factions as they begin to trickle in to Terminus. What must they give up for this utopian sanctuary and will they have a choice in the matter?

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Episode: So4xE16 “A”