Written by John Edward Betancourt
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Up until last night on The Walking Dead we have seen two kinds of characters in this brave new world. Good people trying to get by, or people who have reinvented themselves into monsters in a world without rules. Philip "The Governor" Blake was the finest example of this, taking all the rage of his past life and channeling it into his unique brand of crazy.
We also saw of course the "good people" of Terminus become lethal and hungry killing machines when all hope was lost. But last night gave us a refreshing kind of reinvention of character, people who tried to shed all the negativity of the past and move into the light as someone noble or perhaps a hero and in this case that journey squarely focused on Abraham and Eugene.
Yes we learned everything we needed to about these two men last night on the show. We learned that the soldier in Abraham on display was too terrifying a venture for his family to handle since his actions in trying to keep them safe was enough to put utter fear into Abraham's wife and send her and the kids off into the unknown and a horrible death, and it put him within mere minutes of committing suicide had it not been for Eugene showing up and giving the soldier a mission. Of course Eugene is no saint either, having lied to everyone from that point on about knowing how to cure the plague.
But the lie Eugene told is irrelevant. No what matters here is the fascinating journey both men have gone on. While we have seen some anger from Abraham, it was all for the mission, for the chance to set the world right and do something noble, perhaps wiping away the memory of his family seeing him as a killing machine.
Eugene, oddly enough walked a similar path as the Governor. Clearly he was a man who was lost in mix, a nobody, something Maggie pointed out to him. Sure he was smart, but unremarkable until the end. But here is where the comparison ends since he saw a chance to be someone of importance, to be a hero and give people a shred of hope. Granted that has all come crashing down now, but the principle of what he and Abraham have tried to do is a first for the show.
It's refreshing to see to say the least. These are two men who embraced the idea of starting over, reinventing themselves and while one embraced the fantasy element of that a little more, the idea is one worth working toward. The chance to enjoy what everyone wants at some point or another in life...a second chance.