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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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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