Season Seven, Episode Four, Service

Rick-Negan-TWDby Thom McKee Jr

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

This inspirational statement by Helen Keller could not be more apropos to this week’s episode of The Walking Dead.

Come to think about it, this quote could sum up one of my favorite things about this entire show. TWD is not really about zombies; it is about the choices that people make in the midst of a world with no rules, safety or guarantees (also true about Jonathan’s book, The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide for Teenagers). Really this show is all about character.

Tonight’s episode takes place only three days after the events of the season opener. People are clearly

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Season Seven, Episode Three, The Cell

The-Walking-Dead-Daryl-Season-7by Thom McKee

Have you ever been in a situation where you felt that there was no hope? Maybe you made a choice that caused you to lose everything that you held dear. Or maybe someone else made a choice that put you in a scenario where you felt you would never be able to endure.

In my life, I have felt this way, and it usually is coupled with feelings of guilt over the fact that I made the choices to put myself in that situation. Most of these kinds of problems in my life have been (to quote Blind Willie Johnson and Led Zeppelin) “nobody’s fault but mine.” I think that this is the worst kind of despair.

But often people are put in situations that seem hopeless, regardless of the choices that they make. You only have to look at the

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Season Seven, Episode Two, The Well

The Walking Dead Ezekiel Shivaby Thom McKee Jr.

Do people manufacture hope simply because they can’t deal with the possibility that there might be none? This is a question that is not only about how people react to crisis, but also about the very nature of meaning in the universe. Are we merely animals who are so fearful of the unknown that we create entire mythologies (or even religions) in order to give ourselves a sense of hope?

French philosopher Voltaire famously said that “if God didn’t exist, it would be necessary to invent him.” Another quote attributed to a first century Roman thinker, Seneca the Younger, says “Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.”

While these ideas are somewhat elitist and maybe even a little offensive, I still see an element of truth in them. I am a pastor, a thinker, and definitely a “religious” person, but I also see

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Season Seven, Episode One, The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be

The-Walking-Dead-Glenn-Diesby Thom McKee Jr.

Is extreme violence or the threat of extreme violence actually a good way to control people? This isn’t exactly a new question – and if you look at recent history, it certainly isn’t a resolved question. Since the beginning of civilization, this has actually been a key leadership question. Does brutality work as an effective way to control the masses?

In the 1970’s, there was some interesting research done after a very public hostage crisis in Sweden where some bank robbers held hostages for six days. The fascinating part of this particular scenario was the fact that

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Our Predictions (and we’re usually right)


Tonight we finally will discover who it is!

It’s bittersweet. On one hand we really want to know… but on the other hand… who wants to lose one of our favorite characters?

But like it or not, tonight we will find out who Negan killed. And many of you have already cast your votes this week in our “Who is it?” Contest, here at The Gospel According to The Walking Dead blog. So far it looks like Abraham is the most predicted character. But we’ve got plenty predicting Glenn, Maggie and Eugene as well.

So who do we predict, as authors of this blog?

Both Thom and I

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Remember 3 Things

Negan Walking DeadThe Walking Dead Season Premiere is this Sunday! That means we’ll be posting our FREE discussion about the episode on Monday!

Three things to remember going into this weekend:

  1. Remember to cast your vote for our “Who is it?” contest by this Saturday night. Literally EVERYONE who guesses correctly wins a prize (See here for CONTEST details)

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Who is it CONTEST


The Walking Dead Season Premiere is less than a week away, and that means we finally get to discover who the evil Negan killed. Many of you love this show because of its amazing discussions about morality, leadership, and good vs. evil. Season 6 left us all hanging, wondering if our group of survivors did the right thing, and which one of them was brutally murdered by the notorious Negan.

So we’re going to have a little contest for our The Gospel According to The Walking Dead blog subscribers in the comments below to see how many of you can guess who died. And you are going to love the prizes… because literally EVERYONE who guesses correctly wins!

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Who is it CONTEST tomorrow!

The Walking Dead Negan LucilleWe’ve all been waiting in eager anticipation for The Walking Dead Season 7 Premiere… and for one reason.

We want to know who Negan killed!

It’s the biggest cliffhanger since who shot J.R. (uh… sorry… you have to be at least 40 to understand that one). And we’re going to reward anyone- yes ANYONE- who guesses correctly!

Tomorrow, watch your inboxes, and come back to when we kick of the “Who is it” CONTEST where you guess who died.

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While looking forward to Season 7

Who did Negan killWell… it’s summertime and The Walking Dead is waaaaaaaaaaay too far off to even begin anticipating Season 7. The only interesting news is when AMC threatens to sue someone for making a prediction about Negan’s kill (yeah… seriously!)

So what do we do in the meantime?

How about rewatching EVERY SINGLE episode of Episodes 1-6 (Heck… Netflix has them all) and use our discussions to create dialogue about what you saw!

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Season Three, Episode Sixteen, Welcome to the Tombs

The Governor Season 3 The Walking Deadby Thom McKee Jr.

Is it possible that terrible people actually can get away with being terrible? In life, it seems that some people do horrible things and never suffer any consequences. In fact, it often appears that these terrible people actually get rewarded for being terrible people. On the other hand, we all know kind and merciful people who just never seem to get ahead in life.

This is a major stumbling block for many people when it comes to their belief as to whether there is even a God. How often do we hear people say, ” I just can’t believe that a good and loving God could let so much evil happen in the world.”

Sometimes I wonder this myself. But then I remember

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