The character Carol makes a very good point when discussing with Rick his recent behavior and leanings toward being more pacifistic, spending all of his time tending crops and livestock and neglecting the more active parts of survival. She tells him, essentially, that he can be a farmer, but he can't be *JUST* a farmer, and this rings very true with respect to what will be required in order to survive in a post-teotwawki societal collapse environment. Those of us who identify as members of the Prepper / Survivalist subculture spend a lot of time talking about things like alternative energy and gardening, but it's going to take a lot more to survive in a hostile world then knowing how to grow tomatoes or install solar panels.
But, the real question that this episode attempts to ask us is what will we do when there has been an individual in our group has stumbled into moral ambiguity and taken their willingness to do the hard things they believe are necessary too far? Will we ever be able to trust that person again? The example presented by the show is an individual killing people who are sick and burning their bodies in secret, because she believes it will stop the spread of the disease (they are the only two showing symptoms at the time). Would you allow this person to remain a member of your group? Rick's decision is one that has had significance all throughout history and is something that would be effective as a punishment in a world where survival is not certain on the outside: exile. He makes her leave the group. He's the only one who knows what she's done, and he knows that others will react to her actions with violence. He cannot say what she has done is right, but his forced to admit that she did it for the right reasons and could just as easily have been saving them all. He cannot condemn her, and so he takes no retaliation – he simply puts her out of the community. Something we will all need to think about.
We are also reminded that options for foraging for supplies do not extend solely to big-box department stores and pharmacies. Abandoned private residences, houses and apartments, will often hold supplies that can be very useful in a survival situation and that have been left behind by people either fleeing or who have died. There will be pantries with canned goods and medicine chests that hold OTC medications that will prove useful. Right off the top of my head I can remember that this is a method of foraging we also see in the film "I Am Legend." Don't forget that this is another option.
The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]
The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]
The Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]
The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]
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