Written by John Edward Betancourt
While last night's episode of The Walking Dead was purely setup and action packed filler for the midseason finale, I noticed that the themes we have been discussing are slowly coming to a head as another fold was introduced into the whole mix, purpose.
Last night showed Abraham, Rosita and even Gabriel on a more subtle level needing to have a purpose in their life, a reason to go on if you will and it made me realize that there has been an underlying buildup over the last two years on the show, and I have a funny feeling it will all culminate with the voyage to Washington D.C., which I think is coming up regardless of Eugene's confession.
It all started last year with the thematic concept of never being too far gone, that regardless of how many atrocities committed in this new world, one could come back and still be a good person at their core. This year it has continued along with the need for hope, that absolute essential to making it in any fictional universe and ours for that matter and last night we start peppering in a sense of purpose.
It sounds more and more like the show is barreling toward the components of what it takes for a grand do over of civilization and Washington is the final component to the mix. We've seen these poor people on the run for five years now. We have seen what the world looks like now when attempts to rebuild are desperate. We get Woodbury, Terminus and Grady Memorial so it's time for something new. Yes, there's not a cure out there and that's a good thing. That means there is no easy way out, but there is likely a way to rebuild.
That's where D.C. comes into play. Regardless of whether or not survivors are there, the group needs purpose, a place to call home and what better a place than Washington in the hopes of finding others? I really get the feeling as we move on in the show, the focus will be on starting over, seeing man rise up from these awful walking ashes and do its best at a second chance. I'm not sure how soon we get to that part of the adventure, but I truly get the feeling we are back in Atlanta to say goodbye to it before moving on to bigger and better things. Of course, I could be wrong, the show has been known to surprise me on a moment's notice...but watching Daryl cool Rick down to spare a man's life, speaks to bigger concepts on the horizon.