This episode stands as a prime example of why you should be very careful who you trust. In the event of a true societal collapse / TSHTF situation, there will be no way to know if the story someone is telling you about their past is true or not or whether or not they are holding back information. There will be no way to know if the person standing before you might be a psychopath, so we must all be very careful if/when we find ourselves in a similar situation.
This is evidenced by the fact that The Governor, now going simply by an assumed name – Brian – stumbles across a family in need, and these people have no idea just what type of man is in their midst. In fact, the story presents us with an interesting conundrum even as viewers: can people change? One has to wonder, watching this man who we have seen do terrible things brisk his life to help people he has only just met.
It is truly a philosophical question. Understanding human nature, it is difficult at times to believe that people can change, but it is not hard at all to imagine that a very bad person could easily flourish in a new environment and appeared to be different. And who knows? Perhaps some people can change, but others will inevitably show who they really are eventually.
The family – two sisters, one of which has a young daughter, and there very ill father – have been surviving in a town somewhere outside Atlanta, holed-up in their apartment for what has to be more than a year at this point in the story. One thing that has made this possible is that the father worked as a driver for a food company, and, when TSHTF, he grabbed his family and brought them home along with the fully-stocked food delivery truck. That aside, however, it is possible to survive in an urban setting; it simply makes things more difficult, and so it is advisable to find oneself a survival retreat somewhere out in the country.
Another issue raised in this episode revolves around advanced health issues in an apocalyptic / societal collapse. The father suffers from stage IV lung cancer, and requires oxygen. Luckily, his eldest daughter apparently worked as a nurse and had the good sense to take a bunch of the full oxygen tanks from the hospital when everything went down. Hopefully, we would all be so lucky in such a situation, but, if not, it is worthwhile to keep in mind that oxygen tanks and other medical supplies could be foraged from abandoned hospitals and retirement homes.
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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