the walking dead season 5

S05xE06 “Consumed” & S05xE07 “Crossed”

As the Tribe continues to establish their unity and strength, we also begin to see cracks in the chassis (so to speak) in regards to leadership, and the question of a values hierarchy is once again addressed in terms of who deserves to survive and what determines one’s worth. We return to Slabtown, and now that we have seen what goes on inside and the dual roles of the hospital (haven and hell), it is not difficult to gauge what the Tribe will be willing to do to keep themselves and the ones they care for safe.

Since I missed a post and this is going up rather late, we will take a quick and dirty look at the themes in both episodes by focusing on one particular person–Carol.

Spoilers ahead, Sweetie!

I love me a good zombie movie. Hell, I even love the bad ones. The zombie genre has transformed with the advent of AMC’s The Walking Deadwhose fifth season begins on Sunday, October 12.

 

I’ve been power rewatching the first four seasons this past week in preparation for the season premiere, and I’ve put together a little list of things that I plan on having should the dead ever begin to walk and Simon Pegg’s record collection is unavailable.

Shark Suit

Suit made by Neptunic
Suit made by Neptunic

I feel like this one should be a fairly obvious choice. If [some species of] sharks can’t bite through titanium, then how could a zombie? Besides, I don’t think being a member of the undead does much for the upkeep of their dental care. Better a zombie with a chipped tooth then becoming one of the horde, eh? 

The factions are swiftly moving, whether toward each other and a utopian existence or death, no one can be sure. Without any sort of media or communication system, finding friends or even knowing what happens outside of the Georgia wilds is impossible. In a post-apocalypse world, the best way to know where a person will be at any given time is to KNOW that person, their habits and, as simple as it sounds, have FAITH. This isn’t faith it God or a higher power, but faith in humanity, in each other and the choices made. With the breakdown of government, media and all of society, tribe members each have uniquely personal reasons for the decisions they make. Maggie is determined to find Glen; Sasha is afraid of the truth about Tyrese; Bob doesn’t want to be alone; Daryl is protective and maybe even a bit smitten with Beth, who simply wants to hope again, while Rick, Carl, and Michonne struggle to develop and retain some sort of semblance of self.While the biters are the physical threat, the mental breakdown of the tribe seems eminent. Each faction member is being forced to restructure value systems that have been in place since before the turn. There is no question that the factions are stronger as a unified tribe, but will they find each other any time soon or will they die trying?

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S04xE13 “Alone”

The zombie apocalypse does not exactly promote the finer points in humanity. With characters like the Governor and Merle Dixon, we see sides of humankind that makes us think that perhaps we do deserve the undead walking amongst us. In “Claimed,” our prison refugees meet some new characters, and now our splintered tribe is faced with a familiar  challenge: now that the world has been stripped of humanity (quite literally), who can we trust? To bring back a familiar phrase, they fear the living.

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Episode S04x11 “Claimed”

Society begins and ends with difficult choices.  But, what is a society? This week in our online zombie course from Cal State Fullerton, we are discussing the development of societies from the point of views of philosophers such as Aristotle to Karl Marx. According to Thomas Hobbes, society begins with self-restraint and an agreement to give social justice decisions over to a designated leader. In past seasons of The Walking Dead, that leader has been Sheriff Rick Grimes. He organized the prison-tribe before they were a prison-tribe, he redistributed power at Woodbury and led a hungry, terrified and exhausted group of survivors to safety time and time again. In seasons past, Rick has stated that the group power is not a democracy, and rightfully so. The “Ricktatorship” has worked well in the past, but as Rick began to buckle from the weight of losing Lori not only to Shane, but to childbirth, as well as the knowledge that there is no greater society at work to help the group in times of grave danger, well, the Sheriff began to lose his mind last season, didn’t he? A recovering Rick, gardener Rick, farmer Rick of season 4–doesn’t want to pick up a gun and see his Carl lose his humanity by murdering zombies or even willful, human enemies. Season 4 Rick, at least in episodes 1-3, seemed content to allow the newly formed Council to make the difficult decisions, while he remained safe in the bubble he created for himself. Unfortunately, as Carol notes in this episode, Rick can be a farmer during the zombie apocalypse, but he can’t ONLY be a farmer.

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Episode: S04xE04 “Indifference”

Season 4 of AMC’s The Walking Dead is off to a strong start, with threads of plot line strung out for audiences through out the premiere, the show promises an intense story arc to an already expansive zombie-verse.

There are vegetables in your zombie garden, Rick.
There are vegetables in your zombie garden, Rick.

Episode:

S04xE01 “30 Days Without an Accident”