The whole situation revolving around the Alexandria Safe Zone puts me, once again, in mind of a very medieval way of looking at the world. In this episode, dialogue leads us into a discussion about the virtues of settled society versus a nomadic existence. One character points out that the cavemen were all nomads who died out, but then people started settling into communities and that is how the species survived. Granted, I would consider that to be an overly simplistic way of looking at things, but it is nevertheless an important point to remember.
In those times, as is apparently the case again in the Alexandria settlement portrayed in the show, the greatest form of punishment for wrongdoing was/is not necessarily being put to death. Rather, it was/is the idea of being exiled. We learned through dialogue that Alexandria has put out people before, driving them out far away from the settlement and leaving them with only a few days worth of food and water (something we should probably remember, because I think that's going to come back to haunt them in the future). This was especially interesting to me, because of the similarity to the way things were done during medieval times and before: basically, anything that didn't lie within a settled community was wilderness, and the wilds contained many dangers, just like they do in the zombie apocalypse. Granted, in our real history it was usually bandits and other murderous people, along with wolves and other such dangers; but, then again, this program has never shied away from the idea that other survivors are often as dangerous (if not more so) than the Walkers, so the analogy still holds true.
Oh, and another lesson from this episode that would be wise for us not to forget is that, if something seems too good to be true, there's a good chance it's because it is. Simply stumbling upon a veritable gold mine of nonperishable food in the middle of a zombie apocalypse (or any real-world disaster where sufficient time has gone on to make it unlikely such resources have survived unmolested by others), really should result in you proceeding only with the greatest caution. Beware booby-traps set by bad people. That's all I'm going to say.
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]
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