Written by John Edward Betancourt
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The Walking Dead has quickly become one of the smartest shows on television in the last couple of years, loaded to the gills with foreshadowing, clues and most importantly subtle themes that come around full circle. Many of those themes we have discussed in this weekly breakdown, and last night many of them came to a head, setting the course for the rest of season five.
Thematically speaking we have discussed the need to keep one's humanity about them, and we have also discussed the importance of hope for the characters and a distinct need to find somewhere they can call home and those three themes were front and center last night as we watched the losses pile up for the group. Tyreese and his subsequent final moments on the show spoke to the need for keeping one's humanity about as he battled his own conscience in those waning moments of his life, doing his best to prove to himself that he was a good man before the end.
But outside of that, the group is feeling everything ugly finally settle in. The prison is gone, Terminus was a disaster and Beth is lost along with Tyreese, finally putting the group to what is clearly a breaking point. We are at a precipice on the show when it comes to everyone's psyche and it's clear that many of them are near the breaking point. Glenn displayed this with his apathy and well, Michonne flat out said it. That it was possible to be out in this disaster of a world too long, that they needed to find a place to settle down.
They are all slowly descending into darker places, making the voyage to Washington all the more important now. There is only the dead in their world at the moment, hope is virtually nonexistent for the group and I have to say its some impressive storytelling from the show. This is likely the group's darkest hour for certain, where many of the characters will be at their most vulnerable. The stress will no doubt continue to mount and even the trailer for next week showed how it is tearing down the usually strong Maggie. I have to admit that the already "no one is safe" environment seems amplified right now, enough to the point where you want these guys to catch a break.
While the show has in many ways followed the comic to the letter, it has also surprised us with new ideas and concepts on a consistent basis, so the fact of the matter is, we have no clue what awaits them in Washington. There could be civilization there or nothing more than herds of the dead. Either way, it's clear they need to find hope and they need to find a place to call home soon, otherwise this descent into darkness will consume all of them.