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04 October, 2014

REVIEW: The Walking Dead (AMC Network TV Series): Season 4 - Episode 13 "Alone"

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.
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This episode represents another in what is basically the theme of the latter half of season four: everyone scattered and attempting to survive and find each other in the wake of the fall of their stronghold at the prison.

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...
Some things we can learn from watching the characters in their travels include the usefulness of an abandoned mine shaft when attempting survival in the wilderness. Going deeply into one of these mine shafts can be very dangerous. The internal ceilings are typically supported by timbers that have long ago rotted with no one around to replace them as is done in an operational mine. The mouth of the abandoned shaft, though, can provide you with a very good shelter that is already preconstructed for you. You will find yourself with an existing roof to keep you out of the weather and you will have only one avenue of approach that you need to guard. Of course, you also have fewer options in the case that you should need to escape, but I would still argue that utilizing one of these would be a good idea in the short-term. The fact that the structure itself is pre-existing means that you will only have to burn those calories expended to shore it up, gather firewood, etc. Remember that, in a wilderness survival situation where you aren't sure how you are getting your next meal, burning as few calories as possible is very important since you don't know when you will be able to replace that internal energy.

If you suddenly discover a cache of supplies in a societal collapse situation, there will be no way for you to know if it has been abandoned or if someone will be returning for it. It won't be like it is now. You may find yourself sheltering in an abandoned home and find food in a pantry, the cabinets, or a cellar. A good rule of thumb to remember is to look for dust. If the things have been left undisturbed for any amount of time, they will have gathered dust. If there's no dust, someone has obviously only placed them in that location recently. In such a situation, I will leave it to your own morals in the moment to decide whether to take the supplies or not, but I will say that if I took anything, I definitely wouldn't take all of 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 theme this episode continues to beat into our heads is that survival is more difficult when attempted alone. The truth is that humans really are social animals and we tend to bond with each other, even if we fancy ourselves loners. Even if none of that were true, however, the fact is that survival really is more easily accomplished in a group in any sort of environment where danger lurks. Some people simply don't do well on their own, but even someone who doesn't need other people's company will still benefit from having someone who can keep watch while they sleep, etc.

And lastly, if you find yourself needing to survive in a town during a societal collapse situation, this episode would preach the wisdom of seeking out a high building with clear sight lines as your new home. And, admittedly, that would be an awesome option in the event that mindless zombies are the threat, rather than other people. In a more realistic scenario, though, I would argue that it would be better to keep your shelter more hidden unless you boast sufficient numbers to be able to defend whatever you have. Even in the event of a small group with a more clandestine home, it would still be a good idea to seek out these high vantage point buildings and placed lookouts there with means of signaling the main headquarters of your group.


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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