Last week's episode went arguably further than any in the past toward expressing the idea that survivors of an all-out societal collapse may find themselves faced with the need to do awful things to keep breathing. And, as anyone familiar with this show can attest, having pushed that particular boundary is nothing to take lightly. It's also something that each and every one of us preparing for a possibly harsher future need to be thinking about. Who's to say what kinds of things we might be forced to do?
And then there's also the flip-side of that same equation. What if the mercy and helpfulness you've shown to someone in the past is repaid in equal measure with violence against you and yours? It's easy to simply resolve to try to remain a good person, but sometimes being a good person could be what gets you or others victimized.
This episode also touched on a subject of some importance with respect to surviving in an environment without modern infrastructure, namely shortages of essential items. Specifically, what the show concentrated on was ammunition, something that definitely would become both very important as well as difficult to replace in a world where you can no longer just run to the store and pick up another box or two. This is a great example of why ammunition reloading is a skillset that will be considered invaluable in any type of post-collapse scenario, but the same issue would definitely apply to many other items as well, resulting in a situation where those items become a de facto trading currency.
We were also reminded very clearly that there will be some survivors who are not particularly adept at the more martial side of things. Everyone doesn't necessarily have it in them to be a fighter, and there will be others for whom it is a learned behavior they master over time rather than something that comes natural. Some of these people, however, may very likely possess other skills that make them valuable, and there's no reason to automatically assume they can't learn to be harder and more able to take care of themselves.
But, you know, with some supervision. Otherwise they might end up getting themselves into a big heaping pile of trouble, like we saw with tonight's episode.
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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