Season 3, Episode 6, Hounded

The Walking Dead Daryl HoundedWhat is the meaning of life?

What is your purpose?

It’s the age-old question, a question that sometimes manifests itself in our own quest for happiness. Sometimes we grasp at temporary pleasures to fill this longing. Many of us…when we realize those desires are truly temporary… we look for something more.

One of the dominant plots in this episode was Andrea succumbing to the Governor’s courting efforts, hook, line and sinker (and she didn’t hold out very long before hopping in the sack).

As the two of them flirted and swapped philosophies, the Governor gave us a pretty good peek at his life purpose.

Start at 27:25

The Governor: You don’t have to be ashamed about liking the fight. Or fighting the fight. I love it. It’s not the only thing, but nowadays, it’s part of being alive. Really alive. Most people don’t have it, what it takes to see the whole story. Being able to live with it, to use it. That’s why there’s a hell of a lot more of them than us.

Andrea: Us.

The Governor: Yeah. ‘Cause you have it, Andrea. You made it. So enjoy it. Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.

Andrea: Oh, I’m not planning on dying.

The Governor: No, neither am I. It just happens.

Andrea: Other things happen. (The two of them kiss.)

Stop at 28:46

SEASON 3, EPISODE 6 DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What do you think Andrea sees in the Governor?
  2. What doesn’t she see?
  3. What does the Governor reveal about his own personal “mantra” in this conversation?
  4. What is your personal “mantra” or life-purpose?
  5. What kind of purpose does God provide?

Read the following passage:

If the dead will not be raised, what point is there in people being baptized for those who are dead? Why do it unless the dead will someday rise again? And why should we ourselves risk our lives hour by hour? For I swear, dear brothers and sisters, that I face death daily. This is as certain as my pride in what Christ Jesus our Lord has done in you. And what value was there in fighting wild beasts—those people of Ephesus—if there will be no resurrection from the dead? And if there is no resurrection, “Let’s feast and drink, for tomorrow we die!” (1 Corinthians 15:29-32)

  1. According to the passage, what purpose do we have if Jesus doesn’t raise people from the dead?
  2. Why does Paul use “feasting and drinking” as a contrast to living a life of purpose?
  3. What do we have to live for? (I Corinthians 15:51-58)
  4. Why do some people choose to live for the temporary thrill instead?
  5. Which do you choose to live for? What does that look like in your life this week?

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen's Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. 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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