Monday, March 2, 2015

The Walking Dead 5.12: The Other Shoe

The Walking Dead 5.12 gave us something we apparently haven't seen before - not in the Governor's town, not in Terminus, not in the hospital - a community not run by one species or another of human psychos.

If you think about it, there have to be some normal communities left in this plague-ravaged world, shouldn't there?  Why shouldn't it be Alexandria?

And yet, there has to be something wrong with this place - it can't be that, after just three tries, our heroes found a safe place, right?   So I was waiting throughout the episode for the other shoe to drop, to find some monster, worse than the walkers, lurking in this gated community.

And it didn't quite arrive - not yet, at least.  Sure, some members of Alexandria are a little jumpy, but the Congresswoman is glad to see Rick and his people take some command.   And that's certainly not a monster lurking in the shadows.

Carl and Carol think maybe the monster is the very humanity of this community, which will cause our people to let their guard down, and become weak.   Rick, at the end, addresses this, when he says that they've seen too much to become weak - and, they'll take over the community themselves, if need be.

And maybe that's the other shoe, after all.   That Rick - shaven and sheriff again - and our people could become the very psycho killers that they've been contending with, in addition to the walkers, all along.

Nah, I don't think that's quite it, either.   What I do think is that The Walking Dead has taken a most interesting turn - maybe the best we've seen all season - and I'm looking forward to seeing where it leads.

See also: The Walking Dead 5.1: The Redemption of Carole ... The Walking Dead 5.3: Meets Alfred Hitchcock and The Twilight Zone ... The Walking Dead 5.4: Hospital of Horror ... The Walking Dead 5.5: Anatomy of a Shattered Dream ... The Walking Dead 5.6-7: Slow ... The Walking Dead 5.8: Killing the Non-Killer ... The Walking Dead 5.9: Another Death in the Family ... The Walking Dead 5.11: The Smiling Stranger

And see also The Walking Dead 4.1: The New Plague ... The Walking Dead 4.2: The Baby and the Flu ... The Walking Dead 4.3: Death in Every Corner ...The Walking Dead 4.4: Hershel, Carl, and Maggie ... The Walking Dead 4.6: The Good Governor ... The Walking Dead 4.7: The Governor's Other Foot ... The Walking Dead 4.8: Vintage Fall Finale ... The Walking Dead 4.9: A Nightmare on Walking Dead Street ... The Walking Dead 4:14: Too Far ... The Walking Dead Season 4 Finale: From the Gunfire into the Frying Pan


no cannibalism but at least a plague in The Consciousness Plague

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