This long-awaited episode marks the return of the show from its mid-season hiatus, and let me just say that the writers definitely weren't stingy with the action. In fact, things began with a bang in just the first five minutes or so, and didn't much let up from there.
One good point the story brings home is that, in the wake of a disaster or event that results in the collapse of polite society, there will be plenty of people out there willing to victimize other survivors. This, of course, is portrayed on the show through the introduction of a new faction under a mysterious leader known as Negan. At least part of the modus operandi of this group obviously involves robbing other survivors they encounter of weapons and supplies. In a real-world societal collapse scenario, I would definitely expect this kind of behavior to be fairly widespread. This is a very good reason to plan on utilizing active avoidance of strangers.
In addition, tonight's episode also continued proving something that has been an underlying theme since the beginning of the show's run on television: people who aren't mentally prepared for the worst probably won't survive the worst. Anyone paying attention should have caught on to that point a long time ago, but Seasons 5 and 6 have centered in on that simple truth more predominately than ever before by focusing on the citizens of Alexandria. The fact is that, even if you live in a place that seems so secure as to be beyond reproach, survival is about a lot more than having high walls around you at night and food in your belly.
At the same time, though, tonight's episode also reminds us to never underestimate the ability of people to respond to a moving example of heroism that awakens them from their naivety, showing them what they must do to survive.
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
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