Tonight's episode was one of those where you can feel things building inexorably toward some kind of future crescendo. Unfortunately, that feeling – as is often the case with this show – was also underlined by a mounting dread. All of that being true, a more focused episode like this one is often also a bit short on the kinds of tips and lessons we should be looking for as viewers, but even so it began with pointing out the need to use those resources one has available to them. This example took place in the opening moments of the episode where Carol makes cookies from acorns she has collected, using canned beets to add sweetness. Never doubt that when times are more difficult, that kind of ingenuity in making use of whatever rations are at hand will be a great bonus to anyone trying to survive.
Beyond that, the subject matter involved more existential and ethical questions being asked. Put plainly, we are faced as viewers with looking at two communities of survivors and a treaty between them being handled the same way and having the same overall effect as with treaties between nation-states in the real world, specifically a kind of mutual-defense pact in return for resources in this particular case. Even more specifically, this episode asks the viewers to think about the ethical questions revolving around the preemptive attack (and extermination) of a group that represents a common threat to those involved in the treaty. And, regardless of the fact that such an action might be considered justifiable against a group that has proven already to be predatory in nature, I think it's also important to recognize that such an extreme action would surely have unforeseen consequences.
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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