Written by John Edward Betancourt
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There's been quite the shift in tone when it comes to The Walking Dead since the midseason finale of the show. In fact the death of Hershel has become a vital turning point in the show's direction and quite frankly all for the better. Each episode is now filled to the brim with intense moments that leave the audience either terrified or on the edge of their seat and I'm finding more meaning each week than ever before.
This week, with "Claimed" the meaning behind the episode was kept well hidden this time around simply because we are clearly building toward something. But the ominous trailer for next week featured a line from Beth that well...she had spoken before and was clearly foreshadowing the theme of this second half of the season...hope.
Beth made a point of the fact that without hope, there was nothing left to live for, and we are seeing the truth in that little by little. After all, these poor people are on the run, devastated by loss once again so there hasn't been a ton of time to figure out what one wants to be when they grow up in the zombiepocalypse...but we are starting to see reasons to continue on at the end of the world sneak through.
Take Glen for example. Maggie is his reason for hope, his reason to carry on. Rick's was always his family, what little of it he has left, and Michonne recently discovered her need for quality human company as well. But perhaps Abraham's revelation about Eugene's knowledge is the greatest sense of purpose of all. If the television version of Eugene has knowledge of the cause of the plague, then perhaps there is hope for a real future after all, it's clearly galvanized Abraham and I have no doubt it will become the focus of Rick and the remains of his group by the end of season four.