Season 1, Episode 2 – Guts

Walking-Dead-Season-1-GutsThings are definitely heating up in and around Atlanta in the second episode of The Walking Dead, titled ‘Guts’- and I’m not just talking about the sweltering temperatures.

The opening scene obviously gives us a look into a potential coming storm as Lori (Rick’s wife) abandons her marriage locket in the throes of a passionate affair with Shane.  She assumes Rick is dead, but people should think twice before sleeping with a woman whose husband carries a gun.

It isn’t long into this episode before we begin to see Rick’s leadership ability emerge. The group that Rick teams up with is bullied by a Continue reading “Season 1, Episode 2 – Guts” »

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Season 1, Episode 1 – Days Gone Bye

Walking-Dead-Days-Gone-ByeIt seemed like a normal Halloween night in 2010. People dressed their kids in costumes and set a bowl of candy by the front door. But for comic book fans, October 31, 2010 was a huge night. This was the night Shawshank Redemption director Frank Darabont was going to begin telling the story of one of their favorite comics, The Walking Dead.

Unless you’ve been out of the country or in a coma the past few years, you’ve most likely heard the buzz. Based on a comic book series of the same name, The Walking Dead, this post-apocalyptic series is now in its 4th season and going strong with a solid weekly viewership of over 12 million zombie fans.

The series stars Andrew Lincoln as sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes, who wakes up from a coma to find Continue reading “Season 1, Episode 1 – Days Gone Bye” »

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Season 1 Discussions Starting This Thursday

Walking-Dead-Season-1You’ve already enjoyed The Gospel According to the Walking Dead discussions for every single episode of The Walking Dead, Season 4.

But what about the other Seasons?

Don’t worry. You might have to wait until the fall for the TV show, but you don’t have to wait for us. We’re going to be posting discussions for past seasons starting this Thursday when we post Season 1, Episode 1, ‘Days Gone By’ … where it all began!

Every Thursday we’ll post a new back episode and will keep doing so until Season 5 arrives. (I can’t wait!) So jump on Netflix and stream the old seasons, or grab them on Amazon or iTunes. You keep watching, and we’ll keep providing the discussions to provoke meaningful conversations.

Stay tuned!

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The Gospel According to The Walking Dead—Season 4, Episode 16

The-Walking-Dead-Season-FinaleWho are we?

That’s the big question of Season 4’s season finale, almost dwarfing the pressing issues at hand, like who these shrewd deceivers at Terminus really are.

The answer to this ladder question was never provided, as our group was finally reunited in the most unpleasant of circumstances at the end of the episode. The Walking Dead fans are forced to dangle on this colossal cliffhanger for the entire summer! (I haven’t been this anxious since someone shot J.R.! Sorry to those under 40 who have no clue what I am talking about.)

Sadly, the season finale of Season 4 probably left us in more suspense than any other season thus far. The only comfort we have is: 1. At least our group is all together again (save Beth) 2. And the confidence in Rick’s Rambo-like stare into the camera before he uttered the last line of the season…

“They’re screwing with the wrong people.”

(I think of Michael Gross in Tremors. “Broke into the wrong rec-room.. didn’t ya!”)

But the battle against the prevaricators of Terminus was not the forefront of this season finale. Instead, this episode peered into the Continue reading “The Gospel According to The Walking Dead—Season 4, Episode 16” »

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Getting Prepared for the Season Finale

The-Walking-Dead-Season-FinaleSeason 4 has been quite a ride so far, starting with the struggle from within the prison, to the battle that tore down the walls, and the struggles our scattered group has faced on their own. Sunday night we’ll finally experience the end of the line… or “Terminus” … if you will.

So how can we prepare for the conversations The Walking Dead Season 4, Season Finale will provoke?

First Continue reading “Getting Prepared for the Season Finale” »

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The Gospel According to The Walking Dead—Season 4, Episode 15

The-Walking-Dead-TerminusTerminus: n. [tur-muh-nuhs] 1. The end of the line.  2. The end or extremity of anything. 3. The point toward which anything tends; goal or end.

In 1837 the Western and Atlantic Railroad drove a post into the ground declaring the end of the line, or “terminus” for the railroad. This post still stands in present day Atlanta. The 19th century city was actually called “Terminus” for a few years, toying with a few other names until 1845 when it was changed to “Atlantaca-Pacifica,” which was quickly shortened to Atlanta, the official name from 1847 to present.

For weeks The Walking Dead fans have been wondering about a place called Terminus. In the fallout of the prison massacre our scattered group have all encountered Continue reading “The Gospel According to The Walking Dead—Season 4, Episode 15” »

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The Gospel According to The Walking Dead—Season 4, Episode 14

Lizzie-The-Walking-DeadIs killing wrong?

The verse, “Thou shalt not kill” comes to mind (in the King James, no less), but yet if we explore the scriptures, we will also find countless examples of capital punishment to protect the weak and take care of murderers. (for example, Duet 19: 11-13)

So if someone is going to kill your baby, is it okay to kill them?

This week’s The Walking Dead episode was ripe with discussions about situational ethics. In the first 10 minutes, Carol and Mika duked it out about morality Continue reading “The Gospel According to The Walking Dead—Season 4, Episode 14” »

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The Gospel According to The Walking Dead—Season 4, Episode 13

The-Walking-Dead-Bob“It’s not good for the man to be alone.” (Genesis 2:18)

We’re 13 episodes into Season 4, five episodes since the great schism, when the prison was attacked and all our favorite characters fled the prison in different directions with no rendezvous point (mental note… always set a rally point).

The episode title is “Alone,” and when we are offered a glimpse into Bob’s backstory, we begin to understand his motivation to stick together as a group. Bob knows alone and he doesn’t want to experience it again.

In the flashback to Bob’s past, we see Daryl and Glenn use their zombie apocalypse litmus test on Bob, asking him the “three questions” revealed in episode one of this season:

How many walkers have you killed?

How many people have you killed?

Why?

Bob answers honestly, and reveals his desperation to join any group—anything to avoid being alone. Apparently Bob didn’t Continue reading “The Gospel According to The Walking Dead—Season 4, Episode 13” »

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The Gospel According to The Walking Dead—Season 4, Episode 12

The-Walking-Dead-Beth-DarlyOvercoming your past, dealing with grief, graduating to adulthood… all important issues provoked by this episode of The Walking Dead.

At a glance, some people might say this is episode is about drinking. After all, Beth embarks on a quest to get her first drink now that her father is gone and she’s having to grow up and survive life on her own as an adult. Sure, the episode realistically portrayed what this rite of passage might look like during the zombie apocalypse. No fake ID’s required… just a lookout to make sure you aren’t killed while your guard is down. But this episode goes far deeper than Beth’s first sip of hooch, and her true-to-life reaction: “That’s the most disgusting thing I’ve ever tasted.”

This episode is about moving on. Continue reading “The Gospel According to The Walking Dead—Season 4, Episode 12” »

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The Gospel According to The Walking Dead—Season 4, Episode 11

Walking-Dead-GlennLoved the opening shot of this episode, a trio of haphazard zombies reaching up for a dangling deflated mylar balloon flapping in the wind. Purposeless beings, grasping aimlessly for the most accessible distraction.

But the episode quickly digressed with too many “Really?” moments, much like last week’s episode. I love this show, but for four seasons, despite its fictional premise, it has maintained a respectable realism. Sadly, the last two weeks contained several moments where audiences were obliged to check their brains at the door Continue reading “The Gospel According to The Walking Dead—Season 4, Episode 11” »

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