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25 March, 2013

REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 3 - Episode 15 "This Sorrowful Life"

A number of plot points will inevitably be revealed in the course of these writings.  My intent is to review this program from the perspective of the Doomer / Prepper / Survivalist community, but, to do that effectively, some things have to be explained in greater detail than I might normally prefer in a review.  As a result, spoilers will follow.  You have been warned.  In truth, you might more accurately describe these posts as in-depth discussions of certain aspects of each episode with an emphasis on how the character's actions might be applicable in a real-life societal collapse.  I hope you enjoy.

Sometimes hard choices have to be made. That is a simple, yet profoundly true statement. Even in today's (comparatively) civilized world, life often seems to have a way of placing each and every one of us firmly between the proverbial rock and the hard place, where the only choices available to us are bad choices. The hard truth we must all face is that, in a future survival situation, this seemingly universal theme will be even more pronounced. The everyday choices we agonize over now (Which car to buy? Which credit card to pay-down first?) will blissfully fade away like the unimportant nonsense they truly are; but, unfortunately, they will be replaced by choices of much more gravity and that are -- often -- far more difficult to decide.

That is what Rick and his group are facing in this episode. Deliver one of their own into the hands of a madman who intends to torture her in return for a promise of peace, or refuse and prepare to fight a war they may not be able to win and, without a doubt, will not leave them whole and unscathed, even if they are somehow victorious. Could you make that choice, in return for keeping your family/group safe?  That is a question we all need to ask ourselves in our hearts.

At least in as far as the storyline of the show goes, bending to such a demand is a fool's errand, in my opinion. None of them have any reason to consider the Governor as being anything other than a homicidal psychopathic maniac and/or The Devil incarnate. Even if giving him Michonne was going to quell his particular brand of crazy (which they have no reason to believe it will), just exactly how much time do they think they're buying for themselves?  Even the most optimistic Pollyanna of the bunch couldn't possibly be stupid enough to think he would just leave them in peace forever and everybody could just live in a world of sunshine and rainbows as neighbors.

The Governor is a rabid dog, and the only thing you can do with a rabid dog is put it down.  You don't have to enjoy it (Hell, you SHOULDN'T enjoy it), but you do have to do it; it's the only way to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you. I, for one, think they should have done what Glenn suggested a few weeks ago -- a few of them sneak back into Woodbury and quietly put an end to the man. That, at least, might have either bought them some safety or decreased Woodbury's threat potential considerably.

Anyway, the specifics of the choice are unimportant for our purposes, except as an example. As Preppers / Survivalists, who are getting ready for an uncertain future, the important thing for us is to recognize that we may (and I would argue it is more than likely) one day have to make a choice that threatens to render us unable to ever sleep peacefully or look ourselves in the mirror again, in return for ensuring the safety of family and friends for whom we've accepted responsibility. Better get yourself prepared mentally for such a future.

The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]

The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]

My previous reviews for this series can be accessed by clicking the links below:

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