Written by: John Edward Betancourt
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Well, this week on The Walking Dead brought forth an easier breakdown than I expected. Not because it was action packed, because even the action between Rick and Carl wasting walking corpses had its underlying message but because the show once again added a new layer to the mythos by bringing back something we rarely see these days...true heroes.
I am of course talking about Hershel and his non stop quest to save every possible life that he could and wow did it make for some amazing television. He was tired, he was aching and there was nothing that would stop him.
We like different things from our heroes now. We need them to be flawed and brooding and men and women full of emotions that act with resolve but never forget what makes them human. It's not a bad thing, in fact over the years the heroes I've met fit that persona to a tee.
But we forget the best part of our heroes by focusing on those traits...their selflessness, their pride and resolution in getting the job done and that they will stop at nothing to do it. Hershel was all these things last night on the show. As he tirelessly went from cell to cell, checking in and still making an effort to hide the ugly images of putting future walkers down from those currently ill.
Granted we still got our troubled hero moment when Rick pointed out that the ill saw the sad soul Hershel was when he had to end a life...again, but it was fitting for the moment since Hershel went back in there and flat out saved the day. It was a beautiful episode to watch for this reason alone, and it was ruined perfectly by the appearance of the Governor. All good must have its evil, and his return reminds us of that and that life in the new world will always suck. But for 59 minutes before that...all the best parts of the world now gone were embodied by Hershel Greene, a hero through and through.