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08 October, 2014

REVIEW: The Walking Dead (AMC Network TV Series): Season 4 - Episode 15 "Us"

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.

This was the penultimate episode of the season, one week before the finale; and, as such, we are edging closer and closer to our scattered troop of characters once again converging on one location: Terminus. They are, of course, seeking a new home, and Terminus promises "Sanctuary for All. Community for All." Something tells me, however, that this isn't the type of show where a happy ending is likely.

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...
Something that this episode attempts to drive home is the idea that – just like in the world we live in right now – people will all have their own reasons for the things they do, and circumstances will sometimes make for strange bedfellows. In the event that we one day find ourselves in a world turned upside down like the characters in this show have, it will be important to examine every individual in an effort to figure out whether or not they are a threat or a potential ally. My advice would be to stay a bit stingy with your trust; I imagine you will live longer.

That said, there's no reason not to believe that there will still be good people, even in a world turned bad. But human nature and simple statistics tell us that it is just as likely many will have become predators. We have those even now amongst us, despite the fact that our current system of law and order attempts to keep them under control (and does, for the most part). They exist on the fringes of polite society, nipping away at those of the herd they are able to reach before being caught and punished. But when that threat of law and order is removed, the thin veneer of polite society will be ripped back to reveal the seething underbelly beneath, and you and I – all of us – will either have to be ready to defend ourselves or become victims.

One upside is that you can expect a large number of these ne'er-do-wells to weed each other out over the first few months of a societal collapse. They will fight over territory or the spoils of war or sometimes even because they revel in the simple act of being violent, and a lot of them will kill each other as a result. Your goal should be to either hunker down and more or less hide during this period, or present them with a sufficiently hardened target that attacking you becomes no longer worth their while. Even if a gang believes they can defeat you, they are less likely to take the risk if you appear to be able to take a large number of them with you. The sad truth is that there will be other weaker prey for them to move on toward. Either way, the idea should be to let them fight it out and weaken each other.

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...
The only downside to this situation is that those who survive past those first few months in a world gone feral will be the ones that flourished the most in an environment where survival of the fittest is now the name of the game. The sad truth, though, is that you can't do anything to remove the likelihood of such threats. You can only prepare yourself to be able to meet them to the best of your ability.

Prepare well, my friends.

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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