One must never forget that the siege was a staple of medieval warfare; popular fiction would lead one to believe that enemies stormed each other's castles left-and-right, but most of them fell to sieges. When does that which was once a castle become a tomb? That is the question being debated by Rick's group at the prison. Also, when is it best for a leader whose having issues handling stress to step aside and let others carry the burden?
With respect to the Governor's leadership in Woodbury and Andrea's position, what do you do when a leader you've previously trusted and admired allows a personal vendetta to guide their leadership of your group? In a survival situation, danger will be a part of everyday life, but, when your Leader's actions have the potential of needlessly endangering lives -- especially those of women and children -- how far would you be willing to go to see things put right? Would you commit betrayal in the interests of the greater good?
Also, we see the Governor recruiting soldiers, including those who are thirteen years old and older, which opens-up an interesting debate. He rightfully makes the point that the idea of adolescence is purely a 20th Century concept. In my own family, I can tell you that one of my Great-Grandmothers was so young when she got married that used to wait for her husband to go to work so she could sneak and play with her dolls. Hearing that from a modern point-of-view sounds terrible, but that was the reality of the world; puberty equaled adulthood -- boys went to work and girls got married and started having babies. Will things go back to that WTSHTF?
The jury is still out as to whether Merle is on his way toward a redemptive character arc. As for my opinion, I don't think he'll ever be completely redeemed. In fact, I would find it a bit cheesy if the writers chose to take his character in that direction. I see Merle as simply an opportunistic survivor -- when he was with the Governor, he acted in accordance with how the Governor wanted things done; now that he has no place in Woodbury, however, he'll do what he can not to make waves and get himself exiled from Rick's group. Even if he cleans up his act, it won't be because he's a better person; it'll just be to keep the peace.
We were also introduced to a possible danger of allowing strangers inside your stronghold and a good reason to practice proper OPSEC (Operational Security). Tyreese's group, ousted from the prison two weeks ago when Rick had one of his episodes, turned-up looking for sanctuary in Woodbury. Needless to say, it didn't take long before the bright idea entered someone's head to use their knowledge of the layout inside the prison as reconnaissance when the time comes to attack Rick's group. I do believe the back entrance that Tyreese's people used to enter the prison initially (which is, basically, a breach in the wall that can't really be secured) may end up being the Achilles Heel for what would otherwise be a nearly impregnable fortress. There's a reason why rulers in the ancient world would sometimes executed those who had built their castles -- they wanted no one alive who knew the secrets but themselves.
The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]
The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]
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