Things begin with a voiceover of Beth, narrating what she had written in her diary while still living at the prison. She talks about keeping her bag – basically what we would call a "bug-out bag" – packed and ready to run for a long time even after they had settled and been living there for while. She goes on to say how she eventually unpacked the bag as a way of having faith that they had finally found a home. As we know, though, she should never have unpacked that bag. In a survival situation, keeping your "bug-out bag" within easy reach as well as your weapons is key at all times, just in case a hasty exit is required. I don't see this as a lack of faith, but rather an insurance policy.
One problem we all need to be on guard against is that, in a world where medical pharmaceutical interventions are not longer an option and there is no mental health apparatus in operation, unstable people are likely simply to get worse and worse. It is a sobering thought to realize just how many psychopathic and sociopathic individuals are walking free among us every day, kept in check by the pills they take. And, when that medication is no longer readily available and unlike someone who might suffer from depression and be more likely to harm themselves in the event they must go untreated, many people with mental illnesses may very well become more dangerous.
One thing that interested me with respect to this episode was the idea of following the railroad tracks in search of a better place. One character is given information by another survivor with whom he has com into contact, whereas others see signs promising a safe haven ahead referred to as Terminus. The railroad thing is no great revelation. It simply struck me as a theme. People lost in the wilderness and attempting to self rescue are sometimes told to follow railroad tracks and power lines, because these things lead inexorably toward civilization.
Let's see where the character's road will lead them in the weeks to come.
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