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08 February, 2015

REVIEW: The Walking Dead (AMC Network TV Series): Season 5 *Mid-Season Premiere* - Episode 9 "What Happened and What's Going On"

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.

Returning tonight after a hiatus that has practically driven many fans nuts with anticipation, this show continues to pull no punches whatsoever. As usual, I do my best here on Backwoods Survival Blog to keep from giving away any blatant Spoilers regarding the actual plot of each episode, but what I will say is that the most recent installment starkly brings home the understanding that a post-collapse world will inevitably be full of grief. Harsher times truly do seem to breed human woe and part of being prepared needs to be about getting oneself ready to deal with that... because there will not be any real way of avoiding it.

As is always the case with these discussions about each episode, I try to pull things from them that could either give us ideas about preparedness or teach us lessons, and this episode did boast a few of those. One in particular that stands out is the usefulness that could be served by walled properties, especially those that are actually communities with homes or other structures pre-existing that could serve as sanctuaries for survivors. Examples of these could be actual walled housing developments (as in tonight's episode), but there are many other possibilities as well, such as cemeteries, youth camps, and even some warehouse districts. Obviously, defending such a stronghold against other people wouldn't be nearly as simple as keeping out mindless zombies, but any wall naturally creates an obstacle that an attacker must achieve before harming you. Even modern military forces set up chain-link fencing, HESCO barriers, and guard towers, and they do this because it is a time honored and effective method of defense. Obviously, a wall is next to useless unless defended, but any obstacle to an enemy is a force multiplier in favor of a defender. Unfortunately, even this type of set up isn't foolproof, however. Even a great stronghold can still fall. Still, if it's a choice between being protected by a barrier or camping out in a field, I'll take the barrier any day of the week.

Another lesson one can take from tonight's episode is that having a goal can be a very important factor in keeping your people moving forward. Human beings need something on which to focus, and having something to strive toward can make a huge difference. But, more important than any of that will be to consciously foment a culture of resiliency. Goals can fall apart and be snatched out from under you with little or no warning, but – in an uncertain world where dangers lurk everywhere and life and death struggles are everyday occurrences – a true sense of resiliency can be what keeps survivors surviving. That trait, probably more than any other, is one that each of us needs to develop an ourselves and pass along to all of those around us.

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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