Season 3, Episode 3, Walk with Me

The Walking Dead The GovernorWhen I was a kid one of my favorite movies was Raiders of the Lost Ark. Hitler went on a quest for more power, even to the point of seeking “divine power.” Of course, he and his Nazi followers followed misguided notions thinking that the ark was some remote control to God’s power. They were gravely mistaken.

In the third film the Nazi’s sought more divine power, this time, eternal life. You’d think they would have learned from the ark incident, but no. The cup didn’t offer some magic form of eternal life, only death.

Power-hungry leaders always seem to fall in the same suit: narcissistic, sociopathic, and an obsession to wrestle with their own mortality. The Governor is three for three in these categories Continue reading “Season 3, Episode 3, Walk with Me” »

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Season 3, Episode 2, Sick

The-Walking-Dead-Season-3-SickI heard it said that people are like tea bags. Put them in hot water and you’ll see what they’re made of.

What do you revert to when you face hardships?

This week we got a peek into the deep fractures in the armor of human nature as the conquest of the prison continues. The prison is clearly a fortress worth fighting for… but at what cost? Continue reading “Season 3, Episode 2, Sick” »

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Season 3, Episode 1, Seed

The Walking Dead SeedIf you’re like me, your level of anticipation approaching this premier episode of Season 3 must have been overwhelming. The previous season was a tough act to follow. Looking back in retrospect, Season 2 was probably one of the best in the series, with the introduction of Hershel, Maggie and the farm, the tension between Rick and Shane, the loss of key characters like Dale, Shane and Sofia (who is still alive and kicking in the comic, by the way), and a chilling glimpse at the immense power of a herd.

Season 2 also left us with two exciting foreshadows to the next season: Continue reading “Season 3, Episode 1, Seed” »

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Adding Season 3 Discussions

the-walking-dead-season-3It’s difficult for The Walking Dead fans during these breaks between seasons. So we at The Gospel According to the Walking Dead have been filling in back seasons during these breaks. In fact, we’re almost all caught up… save Season 3. Soon we will begin posting weekly discussions for Season 3 in the prison.

It’s fun looking back at past seasons. Last month I got stuck on a plane all day (long story) with no in-flight entertainment. I had The Walking Dead Season 2 on my laptop, and I watched the entire season in one day Continue reading “Adding Season 3 Discussions” »

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Season 5, Episode 16, Conquer

The-Walking-Dead-MorganIt’s the Season Finale’, and 90 minutes just didn’t seem like enough time. I can’t believe we have to wait until the fall to see more The Walking Dead!!! (Good thing we’ll be posting Season 3 discussions this summer here on The Gospel According to The Walking Dead during this long break.)

So much happened this episode, with so much to talk about. That’s what’s so good about this show… it spurs meaningful conversation.

The show begins with Morgan’s Book of Eli moment. Two very evil guys attempt to kill him, and Morgan kicks butt, but doesn’t kill them. In fact, he even makes sure Continue reading “Season 5, Episode 16, Conquer” »

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Season 5, Episode 15, Try

rick-try-The Walking DeadAs the season finale’ rapidly approaches, Rick slowly seems to be derailing…

Or does he?

For five seasons Rick has carried the burden of leader, making life and death decisions for the group and bearing the full weight of the consequences whenever circumstances turn for the worse. He’s provided hope in an otherwise hopeless scenario, and he’s chased off danger countless times.

But for the last few episodes Rick’s actions almost seem… questionable. Continue reading “Season 5, Episode 15, Try” »

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Season 5, Episode 14, Spend

The Walking Dead Glenn CryThe community of Alexandria might be an incredible asset, but the people who live there are a liability.

Maybe it’s the fact that they have lived behind walls for too long. Maybe their little community cultivates a climate of cowards… whatever the reason, the Alexandrians seem to lack any degree of moral fiber. When it hits the fan, they abandon their friends and run.

This week was a tough week to watch for many. My wife Lori was emotionally shook after watching the episode. It’s difficult to lose people we’ve grown to love, amiable characters like Continue reading “Season 5, Episode 14, Spend” »

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Season 5, Episode 13, Forget

Aaron-Daryl-The-Walking-DeadIt’s the second week of this radical transition from Dawn of the Dead to Mayberry, and it’s interesting to see the effect on some of Rick’s group.

Sasha is experiencing full on PTSD (although I might have gone a little wacky at that party too… I mean… break out the Twister or something). Carl is showing signs of being a normal teen. And Carol… wow! I don’t even know what to say about Carol.

I think the scene that jumped out at me the most this week was Continue reading “Season 5, Episode 13, Forget” »

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Season 5, Episode 12, Remember

The-Walking-Dead-Rick-shave-beardWho you are matters.

That’s what we’re learning this week, as former Congresswoman Deanna is discovering people’s strengths and assigning them relevant positions.

This week was quite a transition for The Walking Dead fans. One minute Rick and his friends are nomads starving for a drop of water, the next moment they’re taking showers, getting haircuts and sleeping on a bed. (Except for Daryl, of course. Homie really needs a shower!)

The episode brings up some interesting discussion elements:

  • Is Deanna trustworthy? (Is any congressperson trustworthy, for that matter?)
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Season 5, Episode 11, The Distance

Aaron-The-Walking-DeadHow should you treat others when you’ve been hurt over and over again?

That was the debate this week, so much so, that Michonne spoke up against Rick.

It all started with the arrival of Aaron, a friendly, surprisingly clean and kempt stranger with an RV full of food and supplies. Aaron is the show’s first male gay character, which might create a bit of discussion for many who watch the show. Is that discussion relevant to the theme of this week’s episode? Continue reading “Season 5, Episode 11, The Distance” »

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