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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…