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29 November, 2015

REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 - Episode 8 *Mid-Season Finale* "Start to Finish"

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...
One major lesson that the events of this episode, the mid-season finale marking the show's hiatus, attempts to illustrate for us involves the need for prudent emergency planning. In the event of any sufficiently dire emergency or disaster that results in a societal collapse, having a protective barrier against the dangers outside a survival retreat might not necessarily be sufficient to ensure safety. As we see in the episode, walls can be breached, no matter their apparent strength or if they are literal physical walls or simply proverbial walls of defense. Therefore, my advice – taken with what we saw her in the episode in mind – would be to have an emergency escape/safety plan ready and rehearsed to avoid panic in the event of an unforeseen calamity bringing your defenses down.

I will also continue to point out that the people of Alexandria would have been more secure in their stronghold had they destroyed the buildings and trees that loomed sufficiently close to the wall to be able to cause a breach in the defenses. There's a reason why this was done with medieval fortifications, both to keep the wall intact as well as to be sure there was no cover under which someone could sneak close without being seen. In addition, it was common practice in the ancient world to dig a ditch around a fortification to provide extra security. Commonly, we think of these in the form of castle moats, but in reality they took many more simple forms at times. 

A proper defensive ditch need not necessarily involve water at all, but was often simply a ditch dug deep enough to equal about the height of a man and with the dirt and rocks removed to form the hole being piled next to it, creating an effect wherein an attacker would have to descend into the ditch and would then be faced with climbing up a berm that was literally twice the height of the average man. Something like that definitely would have been a nice added feature outside the walls of Alexandria, where it would have created essentially a hole for the Walkers to fall into and become trapped. They could then have been safely burned from atop the wall by sacrificing some siphoned gasoline. Then again, if the characters in the show were as ready to survive an apocalypse as the average person reading this article, then I suppose there wouldn't be much of a dramatic storyline. 

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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