While we are gaining insight into the intimate moments of our characters’ lives, time is moving very slowly in the Walking Dead universe and it seems as if we are looking at the quarry herd parade from numerous angles, our only reprieve from that story, an insightful peek into Morgan’s history. This week, I’m recapping two episodes in one post, people, so keep up.

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The Tribe has survived multiple attacks from the living and dead, rotating out the weak, with the core members remaining vigilant to the integrity of the group. When they found Alexandria, the fortified walls and welcoming nature of the group solidified the Tribe’s desire to remain. Recent events, including the repeated violent actions of Rick, have caused Alexandrians to not only question the tactics but the loyalty of the Tribe to the rest of Alexandria. Still, the question that continues to rise in this post-apocalyptic setting is, what does one have to do to survive? In the case of Alexandria, survival depends on Rick and his group, because regardless of the morality behind their tactics, the Tribe has survived outside of Alexandrian walls long enough to know that it isn’t always the dead who are the threat. More often than not, it is imperative to fear the living, as well.

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The season 6 opener of The Walking Dead is both a flashback and flashforward. The time jump is framed in color for present and black and white for past, with the black and white story taking us to the Alexandria after the death of Reg Monroe and the execution of Pete Anderson, at the hands of Rick Grimes. This complex situation brings us to the story in color; Alexandria a few months (weeks?) down the line. The juxtaposition allows for a quick and dirty transition for audiences to the new Tribe, who are ultimately trying to build a community during the apocalypse while fighting for their lives from both the living and the dead.

Spoilers ahead, Sweetie…

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The relationship between the Tribe and the Alexandrians already balances precariously, and, with the lies and half-truths beginning to be exposed, what the two tribes have may all come tumbling down around their feet. The differences in values is evident, and, while Deanna and the people of Alexandria initially desired the strengths Rick and the group bring to the city, it seems they doubt the morality of our Tribe, which will lead to an eventual break unless resolved.

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S05xE14: “Spend”

When and if society attempts to rebuild in a post-apocalyptic world, the living will most likely become our own worst adversaries. While the necessity of loyalty and the importance of protecting your own may seem obvious to Rick’s Tribe, the Alexandrians have allowed petty differences and fears to dictate their choices. Behind the wall, the group has become idle and weak, falling back on bad habits and cowardice. After weeks of doubting the Tribe’s intentions, it seems that they actually may be exactly what the city of Alexandria needs.

Spoilers ahead, Sweetie!

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After foraging, killing, running and fighting for their lives, the Tribe has found themselves in a place that is relatively safe, and it is surreal. The trauma received after spending so much time in the wilderness has taken a toll on the mental health of everyone in the group. Members are forced to relearn social graces, deal with a group of people who hold different values than their own, and hopefully discover what it seems they have forgotten–that sometimes it is important to give humankind a chance. 

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S05xE12: “Remember”

After spending so much time out in the wilderness, fighting for their lives against walkers and the living, the Tribe has finally come across a civilized town that may allow for them to settle down, establish roots and create a home. Alexandria has potential to be a safe haven for Rick and his group, and yet, they are not just on the defensive, but on the offensive; already thinking ahead to what they may have to do if the people of Alexandria and the Tribe do not share the same values. In a post-apocalyptic world where survival is the only thing that matters, will these two very different factions learn to work together?

Spoilers ahead, Sweetie…

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So5xE11: “The Distance”

We have come across all types in the Walking Dead universe, from cannibals to crazies, but no one as clean and downright suspicious as Aaron. The Tribe is weary and in desperate need of redemption from the foot travel lifestyle they’ve been leading since the prison was overrun. Starvation, dehydration, shelter and safety are basic needs that they struggle to meet, and what Aaron represents (peace, comfort, friendship) feels foreign and difficult to comprehend for Tribe members. Trust and hope are hard emotions to wield in a post-apocalyptic society in which individuals are often out only for themselves. For the Tribe, decisions have to be made and barriers must be broken in order for everyone to survive.

Spoilers ahead, Sweetie…