This week's episode presents us with a story that largely revolves around the idea of sheltering in place during civil unrest or other dangerous situations. It may be that where you are during the onset of an emergency or disaster is not conducive to continued survival and "bugging out" is the eventual necessity, but that doesn't mean there's any guarantee you and the rest of your party would necessarily be able to leave immediately. That's when the idea of sheltering in place for at least a night, until the sun is up like the characters in the show, might be a necessity.
Especially in the early stages of a collapse, this probably wouldn't be any more dangerous than stumbling out into the chaos in the middle of the night and with no advanced knowledge of what lies ahead. In such a situation, my advice would be to secure all entry points and make sure someone is always awake who can roust the others quickly if need be. From an emergency preparedness standpoint, it might be a worthwhile effort to purchase a couple of cheap boardgames on EBay or another inexpensive avenue. Even if it's not something your family would typically use, having something like this stored away could go a long way toward helping to pass the time in a blackout situation where everyone is sheltering within the home.
This episode also does a very good job of getting across the point that hospitals and other places we might typically go for help during an emergency won't be immune from danger during any kind of a societal breakdown, especially during the outbreak of a pandemic illness. The anarchy that would likely result from the breakdown of law and order during a sufficiently serious disaster scenario would spill into virtually every area of society, and create so much chaos that most people wouldn't even understand what was happening. In the series, this idea is exemplified by the fact that there is so much chaos and violence during the rioting that people don't even notice the handful of zombies attacking people in their midst.
This, in my opinion, is a worthy metaphor for the real life fog that occurs during situations of anarchy. When people are surrounded by violence on all sides and their proverbial "blood is up," most won't take the time to see what is really happening around them. You can use that state of mind on the part of others to your advantage, or it can represent a serious danger to the survival of you and yours.
And, in seeking to ensure that survival, it's a sad truth that a certain level of violence or our parts might be an unfortunate necessity. What I'm talking about, of course, is defending oneself and their family and friends from the violence I mentioned earlier spilling over into their lives. There comes a point where threats to you and yours will need to be eliminated, regardless of the fact that doing so might put a ding in your conscience. As one of the characters in the series seems to be trying to point out to his daughter, "The good people are the first ones to die." What he is referring to, of course, are those who are apparently too weak and soft-hearted to do what is necessary to stay alive and protect their people.
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]
The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]
My previous reviews for this series: Episode 1 - Episode 2
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