Written by: John Edward Betancourt
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These breakdowns for The Walking Dead are getting harder and harder to write for one reason alone, this show is getting complex enough that I'm not sure what to cover anymore. It is loaded with themes and ideals and while it makes this article difficult to write, I love the fact that this is horror at its finest.
This week of course, we all watched Rick tell Carol goodbye in incredible fashion, by taking her on a "run" then telling her to get the hell out of dodge for killing David and Karen. It was a jaw dropping moment, one that the show has done without murdering a major cast member for the first time.
Yet while this move was stunning in its own right, it brought about a major philosophical theme and that's what caught my eye this week...the question of what does one live for when the world has come to an end? It's an important question to bring up in the show, because all of our goals, all of our dreams basically disappear when the world goes away. Which is understandable, given the choice between being devoured by walking corpses, or making do to survive.
It's interesting philosophical territory to step into for a weekly horror serial, and equally as bold to not provide us with a solid answer in an era where often times the juicer points are often force fed down our throats.
It's a stunning move really. Because for a moment there it seemed Carol was making up for her mistake by trying to help the not so bright couple they met on their run out and Rick seemed to try to instill his point of how precious life is at this point into her as well...before slapping us all across the face with an eye for an eye move in essence. He has doomed Carol to either a deathly fate by walkers or solitude. The medicine run team seemed no closer to finding answers themselves and that's why I love this show. It could have gone the easy route and given us some kind of answer and well that would have sucked. It was up to us to decide what mattered most at the end of the world and I applaud The Walking Dead for making us think that way.
Because such a move is satisfying and terrifying all at once. After all, what I took away from the episode versus what you did is more or less night and day. That's the social commentary right there folks, that at the end of the world, much like the current world...we still don't have a collective answer as to what should keep all of us going as one.
If anything, perhaps it is best to leave you all with a quote from George Romero's Day of the Dead, spoken so well by the character John: "Well, that's the trouble with the world, Sarah darling. People got different ideas concerning what they want out of life."