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06 October, 2014

REVIEW: The Walking Dead (AMC Network TV Series): Season 4 - Episode 14 "The Grove"

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...
It is really something to behold when a show as gritty as The Walking Dead presents its fans with subject matter so harsh as to actually push the envelope, but this episode accomplishes that feat hands-down. I won't go into any detail as to exactly what I'm referring, so that I don't spoil the plot of the episode for anyone who may not have seen it. Just trust me. It was a very powerful character-based episode that ended up being hard to watch and left the audience feeling as though they had a rock in their collective gut.

As always, though, there are lessons we can learn from the Doomer fiction presented.

For instance, when it comes to survivalism / emergency preparedness, it is important to teach your children. Include the older ones in what you are doing on a daily basis as much as is possible. This will instill in them a sense of pride, accomplishment, and ownership over their own daily life and survival. And, as a bonus, it will give you the opportunity to toughen them up.

It is a bitter pill swallow. Everyone wants their children to remain children as long as possible. The truth of the matter, however, is that a hardened world (such as would be evident in the event of any type of societal collapse or long-term emergency) breeds hardened people. It will be your responsibility to make sure that your children (and perhaps yourself) are also hardened. The harsh reality is that being too sweet could very easily get your children killed, and that is just as true with respect to your stewardship of their care. Be hard-nosed, so that your children can have a childhood, but always be ready to instill in them the strength they will need to survive after you are gone.

Other things that can be gleaned from this episode involve the importance of wild edibles as part of a survival diet as well as using bushcraft and old country home remedies to be able to control fevers, etc.  There's also an interesting point where a character – seeing the pillar of smoke from a fire in the distance – quips that they know the fire is still burning because the smoke is black and that, if it had gone out, the smoke would be white.

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...
And, finally, we are reminded again in this episode that the mentally-unbalanced will simply become more so and get worse and worse in a world gone feral as portrayed in the show. The statistics on mental health these days are very sobering when thought of in that context. Many people today are only able to remain functioning with the assistance of pharmaceuticals and by being under the supervision of mental health professionals. When all the that infrastructure fades away, it is a 100% guarantee that these people's symptoms will continue to worsen. There will be an increase in suicides as a result of people no longer having their anti-depression medications, and people with more severe mental illnesses may become unhinged and – in some cases – violent. My advice is to prepare accordingly.

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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