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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…

The Walking Dead TV Series vs. the Comic – The Three Major Differences

As comic book lovers and diehard Walking Dead fans know, the TV series that goes by this name is based on the comics created by Kirkman, Moore and Adlard. With Season 4 just going off air and season 5 ready to make its premiere in February, the buzz in town centers on analyzing the show and the director’s take on the original storyline. It’s also a great time to refresh our memories on the major areas in which the TV series differs from the comics.

A More Ruthless Comics Version of Tyreese

Tyreese has the same devastating background with his daughter and her boyfriend, Chris making a suicide pact in both the TV and comic version. However, in the comics, it is Julie’s death and Chris’s escape that pushes Tyreese over the edge, and into killing and dismembering the boyfriend. The TV version of Tyreese did not quite go to these lengths.

Dale Exits Early on the Show

No one likes it when the good guys die, but when they exit earlier than ‘necessary’, it can be heart wrenching for the audience. Dale’s death on the TV series was positioned slightly earlier than in the books. Thankfully, it was a well planned move story-wise, because the storyline supported the character’s abrupt end and added to the ‘don’t know what to expect’ factor that continues to keep viewers engrossed in the series.

Merle Only Exists in the TV Show

As far as obnoxious characters go, Merle takes the award. This character is nowhere to be found in the comics but he has a meaty role in the TV show. On the same note, the twins, Alan and Donna from the comics have no role on the show so does that even it all out a bit? This is also somewhat true of Andrea, who dies on the show, but in the comics, she becomes a sharp shooter and helps defend the prison.

 


Possible SPOILER, Tyreese and Carol might have most important role on the walking dead.

The Walking Dead has been growing interest one season after the next. When all things in this storyline tell us that there will be failure (with main character deaths and such), the viewers kick back stronger with more and more anticipation. The great thing about this type of storyline is that any character is open for grabs and the audience very well knows this. One of the most dynamic characters in the past season, Tyreese and Carol, will expand on their roles in some way this oncoming season 5.
 
Tyreese, Carol, and Judith are still on the loose and it only seems fit that these characters have some increasing importance within the scope of the show. As we know from prior, Carol releases this built up anxiety that has been tearing away at her towards Tyreese. Tyreese’s forgiveness might be one of the strongest emotionally charged of yet on the show. For him there was a resolve when Carol was able to tell him that there was no suffering involved and I believe that was the most important thing for him.
 



 
That being said, there bond is much stronger than ever and we all know that when two people go through hell together, they become ultimately, unstoppable. What does this tell us then? Tyreese and Carol must play a significant role in the release of the captured. To be honest, unless someone slips up, leaving that cart is pretty much impossible. The help of Tyreese and Carol, whom are pretty much ready to do anything will come to their aide.
 
As the writer and a science nerd as is, I was watching an episode on creation of a solar system and the physics required to form a planet in the justified time frame. The gist of the episode explained how much gravity has a part in the speed of which a planet is created when the mass is a specific size. Anyways, as we have seen in this show, little by little the group collides with each other like this mass. When the final pieces come together, what will result is a cohesive network that fit like a puzzle. Rick and the team need Carol much more than they realize and I believe she is going to show us why.

The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 10 – In the Woods They Walk

Episode 10 starts with a pan onto Tyreese and the girls. In the woods and in the open, Tyreese must snap out of himself and protect the children that is with him. In his arms, the child so many long to know what happened to. It’s a fight of sanity and the girls try to be tough. One of the girls is slowly numbing her emotion, cut off from reality and numb to fear and pain. Hints within the show such as her killing the rabbits and her about to smother Rick’s daughter. She should be watched and council-ed. Her younger sister tries to be tough, but it’s not within her to be that numb. This aspect of the show explains the two polar opposites and what can occur when traumatic events or life and death situations can change your behavioral response.
 
Tyreese hears something in the distance and is forced to go check it out. He is a knight and shining armor. To do this, he must leave the girls alone. Tyreese runs off to find to gentlemen getting attacked by walkers, to which both of them get bitten. As he helps, the girls are in trouble as walkers slowly creep in. Right before all is lost, Carol steps in to save their lives. Carol gets reunited with Tyreese, but you can tell she has a lot on her mind.
 



 
Maggie and Bob are in a creek trying to figure out where to go. Bob gets shot and is getting recovered with some bandages. Maggie must continue on to find Glenn. As the group walks, they come upon the bus, to which, Maggie must find out if Glenn is among the dead. One by one, they release walkers only to find at the end, with increase anxiety, Glenn is not among the dead.
 
We pan to Glenn lying on a street above a mass of walkers. He is broken inside and is trying to keep himself together as he is unable to know whether Maggie is still alive or not. He finds his way back to the prison where he stumbles into his bunk. A picture lays in front of him after laying on the bed in the prison, giving him some solace and comfort. He quickly starts to gather supplies, a knife under one of the bunks in one of the prison cells. He is getting ready to survive. We understand that through this hard time of not knowing what has happened to Maggie, he is determined to survive.
 
With armor on he runs out into the prison courtyard where he is consumed by walkers. Along his escape, he sees someone with his or her head down behind a wall. Who is this? Should he stay and find out?
 
Glenn understand the that she was apart of what happened, but Glenn knew the humanity. She explains to Glenn that he trusted the Governor until he shot Herschel. Words are exchanged about not forgetting and always believing. Why they go into a killing spree is beyond me but it leads to Glenn getting hurt and losing consciousness. A truck pulls up and a new mystery group pulls up…. Sergeant Abraham Ford and they are looking for more people.

The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 2 – Tyreese the Love Bird

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The show opens up with a scene outside the prison as a walker hovers over the fence. We pan back to the new love birds of Tyreese and the new group member. She leaves him to go to the bathroom and quickly wash her face. After being startled and looking around for any possible people, she walks back to her cell to go to sleep. The recently turned child walker moves from his slumber and makes his way over to her cell before hearing movement in another cell saving her life. Before the first break, a poor new members soul gets his neck ripped from his body.

Coming back, Rick awakens holding his child in his arms. Rick and Carl take there usual rounds to feed the livestock when shots are heard coming from inside the prison. Carl asks his father if he can have his gun back and that he is sorry, that he is trying really hard. We see Carl remove a rifle to take down a walker about to attack Michonne. Panic sets as everyone rushes to the location of the shots. Meanwhile, Michonne while coming back to the camp, gets attacked by some walkers as a few sneak past Carl. As Rick and Daryl run into D-block, they see an overrun cell full of walkers. They quickly scramble to kill the infected and turned securing the rest. As it comes to an end, they find one attacked is more gone than originally thought. There were several close calls.

Lisa and Mika, the two young girls see there father for the very last time. Mika tries to end her fathers pain for herself but is just unable to do it. The raw emotion of having to end a sibling or parent is unimaginable. Carol is forced to take over and stab him in the head. There is a meeting amongst those that might have been caught in cell block D, that might have been exposed to what they think is some sort of fast acting Flu that kills in a day. We pan back to outside as Carl shows signs of improvement, emotion after the kill of the walker. He apologizes to his father, that is short lived as Rick is forced to push Carl aware in fright of getting ill. The camera moves back to the talking of the illness and we hear a cough. The original group Tyreese, his girlfriend is sick and must be separated from the others.

Carol talks to the girls, Mika seems to be hysterical. Daryl is digging graves outside when Rick comes up to help. It seems that Daryl is in need of leadership as he understands Ricks importance. Rick is unable to go back to that lifestyle, especially after what had happened. After about 5 minutes of them talking, Maggie screams for their help as the fence is started to get overwhelmed with walkers. We pan to Michonne as she feels helpless and a burden not realizing she is apart of the group. We see Maggie again as she is fighting the walkers. She falls unexpectedly and gets up slowly, which is unlike her and she doesnt have any physical problems indicating she most likely is pregnant. As the group continues to fight off the dead at the fence, it gets overwhelming and the walkers start to bend the fence.

In order to save the fence and thus save the group, Rick comes up with a plan to take the pigs he has raised and kill them to lore the walkers away from the fence. Meanwhile, we pan back to the cell where Michonne is getting wrapped up from a hurt ankle. She is forced to take care of Rick’s daughter after she throws up on Beth. There is a very close connection between Michonne and the child. Michonne was very hesitant which leads to most viewers to believe that she lost a child. The camera pans to Carl and Carol as they talk about what he saw last night. He doesn’t want to lie to his father anymore, but Carol brings up the point that these kids must learn to be strong and survive. She doesn’t ask him to lie rather not tell Rick what is going on. We see Rick get closer and closer to falling off the deepened once again.

It seems that Rick is being placed back in a role he doesn’t want to be in. It seems that things are about to change once again between Rick and Carl. Carl seems to be doing the right thing telling his father about what Carol has been doing. At the very end, we see Rick give Carol back his gun and business go back to the original way they were. It seems that Rick is becoming the leader once again. As the episode comes to an end, we see Tyreese look for his girlfriend using a bloody trail leading outside the confines of the prison, as a result he finds that they or someone lit them on fire.