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10 October, 2014

REVIEW: The Walking Dead (AMC Network TV Series): Season 4 Finale - Episode 16 "A"

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 was the finale of the fourth season and served to bring back together all of the main characters who survived the attack and subsequent fall of the prison stronghold. The entire latter half of the season saw them scattered in disparate, small groups, all following mysterious signs along the railroad toward a place known as Terminus, which advertised itself by proclaiming "Sanctuary for All. Community for All. Those Who Arrive Survive." As of this episode clearly shows us, however, advertising is not necessarily true any more in the Zombie Apocalypse than it is now.

A good point made by this episode is that it is worthwhile to attempt to help others whenever possible, but there will be times that people are destined to meet a bad and, and you won't always be able to help them. It is important to know the difference and to know that the safety of those you have accepted under your protection must always be your main priority. And, more than that, you must always be prepared to do whatever is necessary to protect them.

I may be in a minority saying this, but I'll go ahead and put it out there: no act of brutality is without its virtue if the goal is keeping yourself or one of your people safe. Every individual has a divine, inborn animal right to act in their own self defense or in defense of another they are trying to protect, and I really don't believe that it is possible to go too far in that pursuit. Like I said, some may disagree, but that's how I feel about it.

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...
Another important thing to keep in mind (and an area where I believe those of us within the Prepper / Survivalist subculture will excel over those who simply learn to survive on the fly) is that surviving can't be all about "Runnin' & Gunnin'." In all brutal honesty, this is the difference between simply surviving and thriving. True survivalism is about learning life-sustaining skills that you can then pass on to your children and they can pass on to their children, etc., etc. This is how you rebuild a civilization.

The fact is that what we do has to be a multipronged approach. Otherwise, it simply doesn't work. You can be the best gardener in the world, able to turn an acre of land into enough food to sustain your family and then some year-round, but none of that will matter unless you are also able to defend it. And, likewise, being a great shot might keep you fed for a while, but being dependent on going out into a feral world every time you need something is a ticket to an early grave. And, those children that I have been telling you you need to teach how to survive also need to learn how to be normal people, rather than soldiers.

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...
In closing, allow me to just say that I thought it was very wise of Rick to approach Terminus via the woods, rather than going in their front door and seeing what they want people to see. Ditto to the fact that his plan included them spreading out and observing Terminus before approaching, because – as he put it – "We don't know who they are." This type of distrust, while it may seem paranoid to some in today's world, represents proper Operational Security (OPSEC) in my opinion, and it is a lesson we should all take to heart. I also love his idea of burying most of their weapons in the woods before going in, just in case they may be needed if an escape became necessary. These kinds of hidden caches are old-school survivalist philosophy, and it's nice to see that kind of wisdom making its way onto the screen.

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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