The show opens with the group still on the road, 60 miles away from their destination of Washington, D.C. and they are in dire straits. Maggie is sobbing alone in the woods attempting to deal with her recent loss. Without food or water, we find that Daryl is digging up and eating earthworms and Sasha is combing a dry riverbed for the potential ground water but instead finds a bunch of frogs belly-up, a potent and foreboding biblical symbol. The intro ends with Maggie considering how long they have left to live, rather than how far they have left to go. This is survival.
The group runs out of gas and is forced to walk the remaining distance to Washington. On their walk Gabriel attempts to console Maggie but his attempt Maggie falls flat. In general, I am still uncertain which way Gabriel will go. He is obviously attempting to connect to the group and participate. I feel, however, that this is largely because he knows that his survival is bound up with the survival of the group. It’s hard to tell if he really cares or is just playing the part because it means further survival. There is the potential for a safe-zone ahead; we will see. Continue reading →
An apt title for an episode that grounded us in past tragedies, confronted the viewer with the meaning of many deaths on the show and also firmly planted the idea that tragedy is everywhere, ongoing, oppressive and that willpower, perseverance and a strong moral compass are the essential survival tools in this world. When the show opens, viewers are immediately confronted with the loss of Beth as a montage of the group laying dirt on a coffin is spliced with images of a perilous journey. Noah explains that the plan for him and Beth was to travel to Noah’s old group, hoping for the best. Without many options the group decides it’s worth the risk. The opening sequence ends with Mika and Lizzie, covered in blood, saying “It’s better now” and then blood oozes from an unknown source onto an idyllic portrait of a cabin in the woods. Although the show likes to deviate from the comics when it wants to, there were some serious hints at future episodes filled with death. Yes, death is coming. Spoilers after the jump. Continue reading →