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28 September, 2014

REVIEW: The Walking Dead (AMC Network TV Series): Season 4 - Episode 9 "After"

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.

Ever wonder if there's anything to be learned from survival Doomer fiction like The Walking Dead? I think so. Here's what I mean...
This episode, of course, deals with the aftermath of the disastrous attack on the prison that led to the fences failing and a full evacuation becoming necessary as the place was overrun with Walkers. For our purposes, we can deal with the prison stronghold as we would with any other fortified survival retreat, and one thing is for certain: just as the show portrays, the time directly following such a hasty evacuation will be chaos with loved ones and friends becoming separated from one another.

As I stated in the previous review, much of the consternation that will no doubt follow the evacuation could have been mitigated by simply setting a rally point a few miles down the road, where any survivors of a rout like the one we witnessed at the prison could meet, regroup, and form up once again together. In the absence of such a plan, the best thing that one can do is to attempt to watch for tracks or other signs of egress in order to reconnect with the group members from which you find themselves separated.

Ever wonder if there's anything to be learned from survival Doomer fiction like The Walking Dead? I think so. Here's what I mean...
There will likely pass some time before it is possible (if it does prove to be possible at all) to regroup with friends or family, so it is important to keep one's own survival skills honed and to always be on the lookout for possible shelter and supplies. Abandoned homes and even cars would be good places to search. Again, these writings don't refer to a natural disaster when this sort of foraging could teach you in deep trouble because it is considered looting, but rather we are discussing how to handle things in an all-out SHTF / TEOTWAWKI / societal collapse. In that sort of environment, abandoned homes and cars could both contain supplies one might find useful as well as guarantee protection from the elements. If in an automobile, try to choose one in an out-of-the-way spot or move it there yourself, so that you are less easily detected. In a residential dwelling, be sure to secure the door, pull all shades, observe light discipline after dark, and be as quiet as possible. This should help you lay low until such time as you are able to move on.

If possible, try to group together with at least one other survivor in your attempts to reconnect with your group. Surviving alone adds a higher level of difficulty to the entire situation. Not only is there no one to watch her back, but even something as simple as falling asleep would be very dangerous without someone to keep watch. Such situations are far more easily endured when two or more people can sleep in shifts with at least one of them keeping watch at all times.

And, lastly, with respect to a survival situation where children or adolescents are involved, it becomes your responsibility to help them build confidence in their own instincts. Teach them how to survive, including having your children join in on the things you are doing right now, so long as they are old enough as to not frighten them. Even as you help them gain their feet as young men and women in an uncertain world, however, always understand that they need you for emotional support.

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]

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

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