It is an important point to remember that, in the aftermath of any seriously debilitating disaster or long-term emergency, modern-day medical care might be a difficult thing to come by. As a result, something we might consider minor today – like the simple cut suffered by Rick in this episode – could snowball into an actual life-threatening situation. Imagine cutting or burning yourself now, and we all know that it would most likely be OK; doctors would prescribe antibiotics and antibiotic creams are even available for sale over the counter. Take that crutch away, however, and things could potentially become much more dire, so taking extra care to avoid even minor injuries would be very important.
Another point of interest, especially should one find themselves attempting survival on the road in a "bug out" situation, revolves around the need to account for injuries in one's party that could slow down or otherwise impede an escape or any kind of travel where haste is important. A decision will have to be made whether or not to leave individuals behind in the hopes of ensuring the survival of the healthy. This is a moral question that each individual will have to answer for themselves, rather than there being a clear-cut right or wrong answer. Realistically, and from a purely cold logic perspective, arguments can be made for such a position just as well as for not leaving anyone behind. In my own personal opinion, however, I would favor the latter simply because engendering in individuals the expectation that you would not abandon them in a time of need would be a big part of breeding loyalty within a group. The last thing you want is for every individual to feel like they are in it for themselves. If that's the attitude, then why have a group at all?
And, lastly, we viewers are reminded again about the likelihood of losing friends. Each and everyone of us is preparing for the possibility of harsher times in the future, and – regardless of what type of event causes that harshness – an increase in danger and the lack of societal controls will dictate that some people simply are not going to make it, unfortunately. Preparing with that knowledge might very well be the most important preparation of all. And the most difficult.
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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
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