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 care if our group of heroes were “good,” he just wanted the company of anyone with a pulse.

Is anyone “good” left in this ominous world? Beth thinks so. As she and Daryl encounter a house, she assures him, “There’s still good people Daryl.”

Daryl isn’t convinced. “I don’t think the good ones survived.”

But the quest for community endures, as more of our group encounters the sign for “TERMINUS,” an apparent sanctuary for survivors. The sign reads:

SANCTUARY
FOR ALL
COMMUNITY
FOR ALL
THOSE WHO ARRIVE
SURVIVE

Many are attracted to this idea of a place where people can carve out a living together (a reoccurring theme in the story in The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide for Teenagers as well).

But Sasha stifles her desire to find community with the others. She resists Bob and Maggie’s invitation to pursue this “TERMINUS” and tries to seek out a place where she can survive on her own… until she sees Maggie in need of her help.

Sasha: So why are you here?

Maggie: Cause I was waiting for you. I’m not giving up. But I need your help, because I can’t do it by myself. And even if I catch up to Bob, we can’t do it alone… I get that you’re afraid.

Sasha: I am. I am afraid.

Maggie: We can get there.

Sasha: I know. So let’s go get Bob, and let’s get there.

Sasha finally chooses community over seclusion.

SEASON 4, EPISODE 13 DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

1. Why do you think Sasha didn’t want to pursue TERMINUS?

2. Why was Bob so in favor of sticking together?

3. Describe a time in your life when you felt “alone.”

4. Is it healthy to do life on your own? Explain.

Read the following passage of scripture:

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. 11 Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? 12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, NLT)

4. What are some of the reasons the verses give to convince us two people are better than one?

5. Do you agree? Why or why not?

6. What are ways we fall, get attacked or get “cold” when we pursue our relationship with God alone?

7. What are ways we can be sure to surround ourselves with encouragers in our faith? (Read Hebrews 10:25 and Acts 2:42)

8. What is something you can do this week to connect with other believers?

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; Sex Matters; The Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket; and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers; Connect; and the 10-Minute Talks series. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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