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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Season 5, Episode 10, Them

The-Walking-Dead-DarylYou know they’ve hit a low point when Daryl cries.

This week’s episode was about suffering. Physical suffering—they’re hungry, thirsty, and wandering like nomads. Emotional suffering—they’ve just lost two loved ones, Tyreese and Beth. Spiritual suffering—many of them are mad at God. Why would God allow this to happen? (Maybe because God’s only representative they have access to is the hypocritical priest who selfishly locked his flock outside the church to die.)

Everyone is dealing with suffering in a different way. Maggie is Continue reading “Season 5, Episode 10, Them” »

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Season 5, Episode 9, What Happened and What’s Going On

Tyreese-Walking-DeadIt’s the second biggest episode of the year—the midseason premiere—and it started (SPOILER ALERT) with us losing yet another beloved character, Tyreese.

Sadly, Tyreese had stepped up into the role of “moral compass” for the show. First Hershel, now Tyreese… who’s next?

It’s intriguing that this show was the mid-season premiere, because in it’s own poetic format, it paralleled Season 5, Episode 1 where Tyreese debated with Martin about the moral decision to save baby Judith. Now, as Tyreese is bleeding out and hallucinating Continue reading “Season 5, Episode 9, What Happened and What’s Going On” »

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Season 5, Episode 8, Coda

Walking Dead Season 5 RickIt only took about 75 seconds into this week’s episode for us to realize exactly how far Rick was willing to go to protect the group.

How far would you be willing to go?

This season The Walking Dead has been begging the question, “Is it okay to kill someone to protect yourself or your loved ones?” We’ve encountered these moments several times. In the very beginning of the season when the group escaped from Terminus, Rick urged the group to go back and wipe out Gareth and the other murderers, ending their tyranny. But the group urged him to forget about it and move on. That choice eventually cost Continue reading “Season 5, Episode 8, Coda” »

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Season 5, Episode 7, Crossed

The Walking Dead Rick AtlantaMurder, self-esteem, trust… this episode touched on so many topics. And as much as we could talk about Tyreese’s growing influence of pacifism (Is it ever right to take lives?), I can’t help but gravitate toward discussing the scenes where Rosita began to recognize her true value.

Value and self worth are an intriguing real world topic, especially when entertainment media constantly sends us messages of “you’re only valuable if you’re…” fill in the blank: smart, sexy, an athlete, an amazing musician…

Sadly, many of us drink the Kool-Aid. We feel the need to “earn” worth Continue reading “Season 5, Episode 7, Crossed” »

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Season 5, Episode 6, Consumed

The Walking Dead Carol“I’m trying.”

It’s the phrase Carol and Daryl kept saying in this episode. And who can blame them. In a world with no rules, no moral code, and at times… no hope… survivors probably wonder, why even try?

That’s the way the two of them felt when they took a minute to collect their thoughts.

The scene begins about 15 minutes into the show (including commercials).

Carol: Said we get to start over.

Daryl: Yeah?

Carol: Did you?

Daryl: I’m trying. Continue reading “Season 5, Episode 6, Consumed” »

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Season 5, Episode 5, Self Help

The Walking Dead EugeneEugene has been carrying around a huge burden… and I’m not talking about his mullet. He’s been living a lie, hoping it would award him value and protection, but really it’s just been eating him away.

I’ve been waiting for this moment to erupt. As a fan of the comics, I knew Eugene was a fake (or suspected anyway… the comic is not always parallel with the show). But I was curious how the truth would rear its ugly head.

Tara might have been the key to Continue reading “Season 5, Episode 5, Self Help” »

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Season 5, Episode 4, Slabtown

The Walking Dead BethBeth is back, and she wakes up in a hospital bed in a scene all too familiar (Season One, Episode One). But Beth isn’t free to walk out the front door and go find her friends, because she’s held captive by an entirely different type of evil.

Enter Dawn, Gorman, and Dr. Edwards stage left.

Cops, a doctor, a clean hospital… sounds like a dream come true compared to Continue reading “Season 5, Episode 4, Slabtown” »

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Season 5, Episode 3, Four Walls and a Roof

The-Walking-Dead-Gabriel-churchIf you open your Bible to the book of James, the author concludes his first chapter with the following verse:

27 Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.  (James 1:27, NLT)

The last two weeks of The Walking Dead have taken place inside a church. The church brings up a variety of emotions and feelings to people around the world. To some it’s a place of worship and love. To others, it’s believed to be a place of judgment and hypocrisy. Sadly, some churches have lived up to that bad reputation, casting a dark shadow on churches across the nation Continue reading “Season 5, Episode 3, Four Walls and a Roof” »

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