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22 November, 2015

REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 - Episode 7 "Heads Up"

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.

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...
As was portrayed on screen, I would consider it good advice that – in any societal collapse situation – any member of your community who is unaccustomed to firearms and other weapons have their education updated on the subject. This includes people who modern sensibilities might cause us to consider too young to fight, because the difficult truth is that even people who are kept away from danger can and do often fall victim to it. The only reason we don't think about that much anymore is because modern society has removed such necessities from many of our every day lives, but a survival situation will change that almost immediately. 

While teaching people who aren't used to being around guns, especially teenagers, it's also extremely important to teach (and enforce) proper discipline. This includes both discipline revolving around the use of weapons and their maintenance as well as noise discipline in potentially dangerous situations.  

It's also important to understand that, while it's paramount to maintain one's humanity and value of life, one must also be prepared to live in a world where violence often occurs. Any event that is sufficiently serious as to lead to a collapse of law and order (even temporarily) will likely result in violence becoming necessary to ensure survival. A central debate going on within the storyline of the program at this juncture revolves around questions such as this, but my opinion on the matter would be simply to advise everyone to be prepared to do violence when necessary, while also living by a code. Such a code might involve religious beliefs or even simply a code of honor and remaining non-aggressive to any party that doesn't threaten oneself or family and compatriots. It is the existence of the code that matters more than it's actual structure and origins. YMMV on this, but that's my two cents on the subject. 

Oh, and remember when I was talking previously about how the people in Alexandria should really make a point of clearing away all of the wreckage of houses, etc. close to their wall? Yeah, well, the last few moments of tonight's episode where a glaring example of the wisdom of what I was trying to get across.

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 the prequel series "Fear The Walking Dead":
Episode 1 - Episode 2 - Episode 3 - Episode 4 - Episode 5 - Episode 6

My previous reviews for this series can be accessed by clicking the links below:

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