As seen in the closing moments of the previous episode, the pandemic emergency portrayed in this prequel series (the eventual results of which we already know) has already progressed sufficiently in seriousness as to warrant a military response. This weeks episode picks up the story nine days later as elements of the (I believe) National Guard are occupying a 6-mile perimeter safe zone, one of 12 south of the San Gabriel Mountains, which includes the area in which our characters reside. This area is fenced-off from the rest of the city and beyond, where the infection has taken hold, and the residents are told essentially that there is nothing alive beyond the fence.
Those living within the fence are subject to a strictly-enforced curfew, and only have electricity during certain hours of the day (specifically 8 AM to 11 AM) in an effort to keep from overly straining the grid and having it fail completely. Other public services are counted as being worked on to eventually be reintroduced. In the meantime, however, the people live under a boil water advisory and receive water treatment tablets as a part of their provided rations.
Also, as would be realistic to fully expect in a situation revolving around a dangerous disease pandemic, the people are subject to mandatory health screenings. This is, of course, in an effort to maintain public health within the safe zone. There is a dark side to all of this, though, and the fact that these health screenings are physically-enforced by military authorities in cases where individuals choose not to submit is only the most minor foreshadowing of the true underbelly to which viewers are eventually introduced.
Rumors swirl among members of the community of soldiers overheard talking about quarantine camps that exist in other areas, hinting at pseudo-concentration camp settings of which the general populace is not supposed to be aware. Meanwhile, those who live within the safe zone that exhibit signs of being overwhelmed by the stress or succumbing to mental issues are removed from the general population, ostensibly to get rid of an unsettling influence; but their removal reminds one quite a bit of textbook military renditions. And this too turns out to be foreshadowing even darker elements as it is not long before the sick and infirm begin to be removed to a nearby facility touted as better able to handle more serious cases. The problem is that it's obvious there is some other purpose afoot, especially after another character goes over the fence and witnesses what is happening on the other side – worrisome indications that military personnel have, at least in some cases, killed people who did not appear to be sick.
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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]
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