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The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 15 Sneak Peek And Thoughts

Episode 14 of the walking dead really took a turn. Many things culminated to an episode that shocked the television world. The problem is, it all could have been prevented. Rick and the group already pointed out that these people were weak. They were a danger to themselves and to others (the group). Going back to my original statement, the weakness we see; this naivety stems all the way back on Hershel’s farm. The innocence; the not wanting to kill the walkers… This new group of individuals haven’t really faced anything extremely difficult yet, so they have no idea how to react to anything in the proper manner. Will Rick treat them like Maggie and her father at the farm or not? They have been sheltered from the realities beyond the wall. In addition, it seems that this group within the enclosure use outsiders to do their bidding. Rick’s group seems to be doing all the heavy lifting, when in the end they are being used and exposed. Who are the real mathematicians here? Is Rick and the group really in full control? We all knew someone was going to die due to their negligence, but maybe that is what it takes for them to realize they cannot survive unless Rick and the group are completely in rule.

Furthermore, Gabriel shouldn’t come as a shock to the readers of the comic and the viewers of the television series. In fact, Gabriel has this false notion that he can somehow repent for his previous actions by trying to do something he finds good. Why the group finds the need to keep him around when he is constantly getting them in trouble is a mystery. Everything about the man screams false and dangerous, which includes his name.
 




 
On the contrary, it is weird though. We have become so numb and humanized towards Rick’s group that sometimes we sympathize their need to do things that might be a little egregious or unnecessary. Here is a question. How would you view Ricks group if the show originally followed the group of individuals within this enclosure? How would we really look at them? How would you look at Rick’s group? Would they be savages? Would you think they are too aggressive? In my minds eye, I believe they still rationally think and have experience. They aren’t running around doing what they will and acting on impulse… all the time.

We look back on all the people we come across and each one of them in a different situation with different experiences. Many of the things they did and impulses acted on were not the proper responses, but survival. Rick and the group share these experiences moving back and forth from crazy to sanity. The only one who hasn’t waivered too much has been Daryl… none of this really is a major change to him. The only one that properly stands the tests of this storyline is Daryl. Now, even he is being waivered which could lead to serious repercussions.

I seem to be spitting all over the page but this far into the show, we must kind of understand the symbolism of this new network of people. We are faced with individuals that are probably years away from where Rick’s group used to be… so how will it be dealt with? This is the major test of human morality. Or are these calculated risks this group is making? Things to think about.

Below the sneak peek of episode 15.
 

“Weakness and Naivety Within the New Walls” of The Walking Dead & Sneak Peek 513

Rick feels extremely uneasy in this new enclosure. Should he be? Deanna made it clear that they were very inexperienced and they left their gates open. On several occasions viewers have seen the group be increasingly naive making it clear that they cannot be trusted. What seems to be uniform across the ‘family’ is the “weakness” and more importantly, “naivety.” Episode 12 reminds viewers where Rick and the group were not so long ago. What they had to find out the hard way. And it seems that maybe this new group might also have to find out the hard way. Rick, Carl, Glenn and others are now finally seeing the weakness. These people are not being decisive nor understanding the severity of their situation. They cling onto false notions that human are inherently good people all the time. Rick explained this well when sitting down with Deanna, it is all about survival. People size you up and instantly understand what they can take from you. This group has been protected the entire time that they know nothing about risk. They know absolutely nothing about the dangers of the people, more so, the dangers of having Rick and the group around them.
 
We have bare witness to the group falling into several new positions. Instead of Rick and the group finding themselves in a position they must fight to survive, here they are with a group that lack of a better phrase, is the “Allegory of the Cave” to an extent. They know what has happened, but have no clue what has changed around them nor the full scope and danger it brings. They have zero experience with the outside world and know nothing about the dangers. That makes them a danger to themselves and Ricks group. This gets pointed out several times within the episode by Carl, Carol, Glenn, and more so, Rick. Without going too far in depth into the analysis of the past episode, it seems clear that the group is going to have to take the enclosure over if they are going to stay, or else there is too high of a chance for mistakes, errors, and death.
 




Sneak Peek of Episode 513

The Walking Dead Season 5 Midseason Premiere Review and Analysis

Episode 9 of AMC’s television zombie series mid-season premiere kept no one waiting. Off and running from the very beginning minutes of the show it had became clear to the group that staying in their location was going to yield absolutely nothing. Rick makes the call drive to Richmond, VA for Beth’s sake. Beth and Noah had originally come up with a plan to check out his parents house in Richmond. With the belief that his family was protected by large gates, they drive the 250 miles to Richmond only to find a ravaged cage.
 
At the gate, Glenn peers over the 10 foot gate. Everyone looking up at his gaze and facial expression, Noah looking onward for up. All he gets is broken hopes. Noah, unwilling to comprehend the facial expressions of Glenn, climbs the 10 foot gate with everyone in toe. He runs down the street trying to gain access to his childhood home only to stop in pure emotional pain. With Tyreese the only individual that continues to tear away at his own feelings, tries to console Noah. With everything on the line, Noah must physically see the death of his loved ones. I mean, who could stop him? You want to know if truly your family has been ravaged.
 
Noah takes off down the street with Tyreese in quick pursuit. Everyone is trying to get answers and supplies but Noah salvation. Noah finally stops as he reaches the far end of a donut shaped neighborhood right in front of a house. Tyreese not wanting to allow Noah to go in pleads with him. Tyreese understanding no is just not an option, tells Noah that he will enter first. Opening the broken glass front door, the anticipation that something occurred here was looming over viewers. Before Noah, on the other side of the couch that blocked him, was his mother lying with her skull gashed open. His worst fears had come to light and as Noah slowly places a covering over her mother, Tyreese checks the rest of the house. In the room, he locates pictures of Noah’s twin brothers. Reminiscing over his own past transgressions, not aware of what looms next to him, gets bitten by an unknown walker on him arm. Able to fight him off, he is left by Noah (going to seek help) to fight the demons that he experienced.
 



Coming back in and out of frame, the governor, the girls, Bob, Beth, and others explain that its easier to just give in. The viewers hearts continually jump out and back in hoping for Tyreese to survive the mortality that faces him. Minutes go by and the group fights walkers to finally come to aide. Lying in the childs room within Noahs house, Michonne cuts the arm off while Rick and all hold him down. Is it too late? We all hold our breathes as Michonne, Glenn, Rick, and Noah lift the broken man and rush him all the way back to their car. Fighting through walkers and every second slowly ticking away. Time slows down and the viewers can completely here their hearts beating… the group drives down the street, miles after miles as Tyreese fights the demons that appeal his longing to give up. In the midst of the driving, surrounded by those that have been for him but passed, Tyreese takes his last breathe.
 
From a back ended view of the car driving down the road, we see the car come to a slow stop. Everyone exiting the vehicle hands on their heads as they slowly pay their last respects for such a strong individual. The pain Tyreese had longed to release and be gone had finally come to fruition… but not without a fight.
 

Analysis

 
Throughout the episode, it became very apparent that something was going to happen to Tyreese. Too much of the show had been spotlit onto him. He was given lines that made one remiss and deeply think about the tough lives we all live. Experiences that would break even the biggest and toughest teddy bear, can bounce back knowing that it isn’t the end, there is much more to continue fighting for. This planet contains many people that feel like the only way out is to give up. To wash out, as to say. A very strong quote that comes from Rocky is,

“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” ~ Rocky

We see this continued hope that goes all the way back to Dale. This inability to believe that things can get better. If this can fight for so long to die out, then it is clear that the world we sometimes lose in our lives, is never lost.

Something to think about…

The Walking Dead on AMC: Midseason Premiere Season 5

Last nights episode left many people reeling. For many, it wasn’t a shock. For those reading my posts, one can start to infer from the conclusion I end on what most likely is going to happen. I didn’t want to directly state it even though that would have been great publicity. The importance is having viewers live in the moment and suffer with the cast. As we saw over the past 8 episodes, Beth grew into a very confident person. She saw purpose within herself, but it turned to cockiness. If she had been with Rick and the group at the time of this occurrence, the outcome would have been different. It’s a dangerous thing to gain cockiness in a location where you are by yourself. That being said, I cried a little.

We hear the voice of Michonne speaking to the group in the entrance of episode 9. Remember, she was the first one to be told that Eugene lied. So as to not shock anyone, she talks about…. it’s only 100 miles away. Where do you think they are going?

Also, we see Maggie through the scope of a passenger door crying. Unable to come to grips that her last remaining blood is gone from this world. Is this enough for you to let go or will she seek Glenn’s help?  Below is the premiere of the walking dead season 5 episode 9 video.
 


 


The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 5-6

First off, I apologize for taking so long to write these reviews. Especially, to those that like reading my blog. As the maintainer of this blog, I also have several other jobs that require my time. So again, I apologize for those that might have been waiting.

With that being said, we stumble back into the age of the apocalypse, the walking dead season 5 episode 5. We have been through a lot up to this point and are wondering what is going on. We awake with Beth looking on and seeing Carol in the stretcher. She doesn’t really know how to take this, but I would believe that although she is unconscious, she is there. For Beth, this is reinforcement that she isn’t useless. In the moments during the prisons scenes and scenes with Daryl, she felt like she hadn’t been pulling her weight. She believed she was unimportant to a certain degree. Her helping Noah was this adrenaline rush where she became significant once again (Or at least I believe).

We return to Abraham and the group traveling North East to Washington D.C. And the progression of the series, Abraham gets increasingly impatient. We come to understand a little more about Abraham’s back story. Everyone within the group understands that they can’t hold up in one location, but at the same time cannot be negligent, which can lead to death. As they sit driving down a long and lonesome road, the engine explodes forcing the bus they are in to go tumbling over. Dazed from the bus landing on its side, the group (Abraham, Glenn, Maggie, Tara, Eugene) are forced to recover and attack the walkers head on. As walker by walker fall, Eugene makes an “assist,” spitting on his first kill (one upping the walker… marking his territory).

After everyone is able to regain focus and compose, Abraham gets his hand checked (which I believe he got bit, but this isn’t a spoiler… it is just what I believe), the group comes to a consensus to walk back to find another vehicle. Abraham is unable to fathom or contemplate that type of idea. As he was trained, he never stops and never backs down… but I think there is something else to this… they must move forward. It’s up to Glenn at this point bring him back to reality.

They come to a town where they are able to locate a new suitable vehicle, a fire truck, composed of 500 gallons of water. The truck is placed at such an angle as to keep something from coming out of a building. With everyone unaware, Abraham goes to move the truck to find out that body parts are blocking one of the valves on top of the truck. Unable to move the truck at the time, walkers are released from the prison they have been held in and Eugene once again comes to the rescue as he hoses the walkers down with the water.

They spend a night within one of the stores there. It is here that Eugene reveals an important secret and we see the bare ass of Abraham as he pounds away at Rosita. Eugene reveals that he is the one that sabotaged the bus. His reasoning was that he was useless to the group and once his mission was over, his life would become meaningless. This was revealed to Tara. Tara was extremely pissed seeing they all could have died from that, but stated that he wasn’t useless and that they were a group. They decide to keep this little sabotage a secret.

The next day, the move forward driving further north to come to a block in which there is a camp filled with walkers. Abraham, being the irrational individual that he is wants to move forward. But everyone is not willing to place themselves in a suicide mission and that’s when Eugene reveals to the group who he actually is. Eugene is no scientist and does not have a mission to save the world, has no cure, and people have died to protect him. Everyone stands there in complete and utter shock, with the inability to fathom what just happened. Abraham is so overcome with anger, that he starts beating the shit out of Eugene before he is forcibly let go. Abrahams world goes black as his whole existence up until he met Eugene was nothing. He thought that he had some point to live, helping Eugene save the world, but that apparently was not the case (but I also believe that Abraham thought they would be able to save him and thus the rush to Washington).

The camera pans out and we are exposed to Daryl and Carol as they go in search for Beth.

The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 4 Review – Beth Returns

The Walking Dead Season 5 awakens in episode 3 with Beth standing in a hospital unable to understand how she was received. Officer Dawn and the doctor walk into the room. After getting her bearings, she talks with officer stating she is unable to leave until she pays back her time for her being saved.

She is taken under the care of the doctor, but things seem sinister as it seems many people are being held against their will. Moreover, she is getting very sexual behavior by one of the male officers.  Beth just wants to leave and find Daryl but is stuck in the dystopia where everything seems to be fake and forceful. A prison within a hospital she goes about her business, but whatever she takes requires more time spent working it off. As part of her discipline, she is forced to work with the doctor doing things she rather not do such as cutting off arms of infected flee’rs and tending to the sick with prescriptions.
 




 
While it seems on the very faint that people have roles, it really is the wild west. Everyone is ready to make their own moves and no one really trusts anyone else. The doctor uses Beth to kill the only other doctor (doctor was suffering from something and Beth unknowingly gave him the wrong drug). The individuals that play this fake role use new underlings to do their dirty work for them. Beth sees right through what is going on. They hold onto this false notion that someone is coming for them and they must do their part.  She meets someone she can actually relate to, Noah.

Noah has been at the hospital for over a year. It seems that although he is a helpful and strong minded individual, he also is very sinister and is willing to use others to his advantage. Making a plan with Beth to get themselves out of the hospital, they devise a plan that requires getting a hidden key in Officer Dawns room. During this time, she gets caught by her sexual harassment officer friend. Beside her for some reason is a turned patient that ends up getting the best of the officer ripping at his flesh. From there the two make a dash for freedom as Beth is required to shoot her way through walkers. Noah, injured from the escape from the shaft of a service elevator saves himself as Beth lays there in the midst of all the walkers. Behind her the group of officers to save her.

While being brought back into the hospital, she turns and notices Carol on a cart being brought into ER. How does she get there if she was with Daryl and the group? I would like to say the group knows where she is and is coming to get her, but we saw them on that bus. But wait, there were a few people missing…. It seems someone has found the car with the cross on it. We are in for a surprise!

The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 2 and 3 Review: Part 2

This review continues with part 2 of the walking dead season 5 episode 2 and 3. Bob laughs hysterically as Gareth thinks he is slowly losing his mind….

As Bobs hysteria turns to laughter and amassed by what Gareth and the group believe is hysteria, Bob reveals to them that he has become ‘tainted’ meat. He was bitten back when Rick and the group was gathering food at the food drive storage complex where the priest led them to. The faces of the members go from confidence and arrogance to complete shock and disbelief… with a dash of hysteria.

Instead of killing Bob, they plan to use him. Sasha has grown to dislike the priest with extreme hate. She doesn’t trust him and thinks he is the one that is getting them into these situations. Rick, along with others (due to the writing they found at the side of the church) agrees. Gabriel (the priest) must explain himself before Rick cuts his throat. Gabriel reveals a recent dark past where out of fright for his own life, he locked the doors of the church as he heard the shrieks of innocent people getting eaten by walkers. Gabriel breaks down to the point where breathing and standing become extraordinarily hard. And in that time, everyone looks at him with a new light. He had to make a difficult decision for which he would be punished for and thus was he helps Rick and the group. Sasha is taken back.
 




 
With this little tidbit revealed, Rick must plan on attacking Gareth. He can’t do what was done to him back at the prison. He creates a bold plan that might end up working. Meanwhile, Abraham doesn’t feel like this is something he should risk and wants to leave with the ‘scientist’. Heads butt between Abraham and Rick as they fight for what is best for the team. Glenn finds his way getting between the both of them, making a very bold statement that if Abraham stays to fight and wait for Carol/Daryl, the group will help Abraham and the scientist get to NIH.

Now, outside the church, they recover Bob, obviously he didn’t get there by himself. Gareth seems to believe they have the upper hand by playing a little game with the group. As everyone hides in their respect areas after retrieving Bob, Gareth yells at the church… to which there is no response. Stating, “I know you all are in there,” it doesn’t stop Gareth from walking into the church when he could have easily burned it to the ground. What Gareth and his brigade would lead themselves into is an onslaught which would turn into no mercy and no bullets required. Gareth pleads for his life just like Bob did in the first episode. Being the sociopath that he is, he of course doesn’t mean it and Rick knows that. With that, Gareth dies through the art of bludgeoning by Ricks hands. The rest of the group dies as well ending episode 3.

The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 2 and 3 Review: Part 1

For those of you who haven’t gotten around to catching up on the magnificent show that is the walking dead, this post plans to briefly review episodes 2 and 3 of season 5.

Much has occurred since the first episode. We leave Rick and the group in the woods when they fall upon a pastor who is fighting off hungry walkers. Standing on a boulder, Rick and the group free him from his captivity, to which, Rick asks him if he has anything of significance (gun or sharp object on him) on him. Stunned that they would think a pastor would carry such a vial object, he would succumb to answering, No. Rick goes over the ground rules and the questions that he must ask. They obviously looking for shelter, the priest takes them to his church, “a roof and four walls.” It is here that the priest explains that he has been by himself living on food that was harvested for a food drive but went south during the apocalypse. Everyone seems to be on edge, including Abraham. But no one is going to leave Rick.



The food has run dry and some of the group must go on a scavenging errand to this place the priest knows. Hesitant to leave the safety of the church, Rick forces the priest that he must go and that he wasn’t asking. Rick, Bob, the priest and others make it to this foraging ground where they gather the food they need when they are attacked by walkers. Bob is attacked and taken under the water leaving us to wonder what has just occurred. Seconds later, he resumes on his feet and they wrestle the walker to his demise. Just as things seem to calm down, a walker is chasing the priest and the best thing he can do is to spread his body like he is the reincarnation of Christ. He is saved and once again, the group return to the church. As they return, Carl is found staring at the side of the church noticing something. He calls his father, Rick over to observe. Writing on the wall indicates that the priest has a sinister past.

That night, everyone eats and enjoys their food while Daryl is out with Carol looking for Beth. In the dark of the woods, inebriated, Bob is relieving himself when out of nowhere is knocked out. The haze falls from Bobs eyes to reveal the one man he really didn’t want to see again. Gareth stands before him mocking Bobs mercy at Terminus. Like all evil characters do, Gareth talks for an extended period as he munches on food. He explains to Bob that although what had happened to him at Terminus was unfortunate, he wasn’t particularly mad at Bob, rather is doing what he has to do to survive. This is when Gareth reveals to Bob that he is savoring the morsel of Bobs flesh. The camera pans out to reveal Bob legless. The thoughts of this makes everyone cringe. 

Bob screams in agony and mental anguish, but there is a splash of laughter making Gareth and the others skeptical. They think that he is becoming hysterical…

Finish reading part 2 here!

The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 1 Review

We open the new season of the walking dead season 5 episode 1 review with Rick and the group within the railway cart. Looking unbelievably pissed, no fucks will be given. They get ready as footsteps get closer to their car only to be surprised with a flash bang grenade. They are led into a preparation/killing room where they are exposed to the horrors within Terminus. The cannibals slowly cutting away at the lifeless corpse in front of them. Lying on the necropsy table, the cutting tools laced with tissue and blood.

Two men line behind the men. Force them to their knees and slowly one by one knock them out with a bat and slit their throat. Each one kneel in front of a trough, for the blood to splatter and collect. Rick, not fazed in the least, watch one by one die. Glenn, close to shitting his pants, is saved by the man that will eventually stalk them. He asks to know the location of the big bag Rick had. He replies with the utensils he says he will use to kill them. Before Glenn can be slaughtered, shots are fired.

Carol and Tyrese are walking the train tracks in the middle of the woods. Carol trying to be the strong one. Carol runs into a stream of walkers, but is led to a house. Carol tells Tyrese to stay with the child in the house. They have tied up a man who sees right through Tyrese. Carol on the other hand goes back to the walker she last killed to blend in (by smothering herself with the blood and guts of the walker). She comes up to a building with a mass of walkers congregated. She uses the propane tank as a means of target. Shooting a bullet through the tank draws the walkers closer before she sets off a little explosive rocket that incinerates them.



The explosion used to incinerate the walkers is the same place in which houses the group, “Terminus.” Carol walks among the walkers through the field and into the base. She goes ‘Rambo’ on Terminus, one by one. Meanwhile, back in the preparation room, while the two men that were doing the killing are not paying attention, Rick has a wooden stake which he uses to cut off his binds and kill the two men. People are dying left and right within the chambers and confines of Terminus. The walkers are getting their fill as one by one, people are being consumed. In the midst of chaos, Glenn sees a container. The container he believes hold the rest of the group. As the make an onslaught of the walkers surrounding the container, Glenn and Rick ravage the walkers to find out those contained within the enclosure are not what he thinks.Within the container, Maggie keeps others informed. Carl calming the masses, telling them of his fathers return. Patiently honing their tools for what lie ahead. Carol finds the room that contains her groups weapons. She is shortly overcome by emotion. She knows she must hurry as the fight is underway within Terminus. Members of the other band and group walk down the street claiming walker lives. Rick comes out from behind a car to attack the remaining shooter and mows down the 8 other individuals in that group.

Meanwhile, Carol is walking through a gymnasium overrun by candles. A women comes out with a gun where an epic battle of the battle bitches begin. Carol wins the fight but the other women slowly speaks of the rape and pillaging that occurred to her in the past. Carol is required to shoot her straight in the leg. Lying on the ground, in the righteous ways she is, allows the women become lunch bait for the walkers.

Back in the house where Tyrese is with the baby and the unknown individual, walkers descend upon them. Without being prepared, the unknown man jumps towards the child making Tyrese vulnerable to what this unknown man wants. Tyrese is forced to fight outside leaving the infant with the unknown man. Silence falls upon the house, leaving the unknown man alert. Tyrese comes through the door dropping the man. On top of the man, Tyrese smashes the man punch by punch.

In the midst of the chaos that continues, Rick frees the others. They fight in the center of Terminus as walker by walker is slaughtered. They escape through a wrecked fence where they run for safety in the woods. They locate their weapons and Rick explains that everyone must die. Everyone is hesitant, but he isn’t asking. At the corner of his eye, a face appears, Carol stands before them. Daryl runs to her and gives her a massive hug. Emotions run much higher between both of them. Rick slowly scampers to her, asking if it was her that started everything. They hug in a very emotional embrace. Without a second of waste, she tells them to follow. There standing outside the hut is Tyrese and Beth. Rick emotional breaks and runs to hold his child.

Symbolically, as the group leaves the area, Rick goes up to the sign that states “Sanctuary” and rewrites, “No Sanctuary.” It pans back to Terminus as the group that once was running the sick show, now has become the prisoners vowing to take vengeance.