Here we are with the penultimate episode of the season. Next week is the season finale that has promised for quite a while to be an extremely eventful episode, and I've got to say that the writers and showrunners have done a really great job. This back-half of the season has turned out to be some of the best all-around episodes of the show in a really long time, and I – for one – have been feeling the dread building each and every week, even amongst some really great character building and tragic moments. I have a feeling that, as a fan, next week is going to be extremely satisfying and heartbreaking at the same time.
Right in the opening moments of tonight's episode, we were afforded a quick glance of something pretty meaningful from the perspective of emergency preparedness. Without giving away spoilers, what I'm talking about involved one of the characters packing a go-bag for the road, and you can see she's packed her rations in a way that resembles homemade MREs. She has filled Ziplock baggies with dry foodstuffs to keep her going in the field and give her both a head start before she needs to start foraging as well as to supplement whatever she might find to eat. I saw dried peas and fruit, jerky, and some kind of homemade cake bars. Add to that a military mess-kit, knife, matches, a huge roll of duct tape, and even what looks like a jar of preserves, and she's got a pretty decent go-bag even with what little we saw in the few seconds it was on screen.
Tonight's episode also revisited the theme we've been seeing supported lately where actions have lasting consequences, even if the characters can't see far enough ahead to anticipate them. As I alluded to above, a sense of foreboding has been building steadily ever since the show came back from its mid-season hiatus. Specifically, we are seeing now how an apparent act of mercy can come back to bite you later as well as how a seemingly isolated preemptive attack can later blossom to create an even more dangerous enemy.
Lastly, another thing that's important to remember is that, in a world full of threats where violence is the only recourse for survival, it's a bad idea to allow a survival group to be separated and drawn apart. Something will always be pulling at your available manpower, creating situations where it becomes easier and easier to allow your strength to be thinned-out and diluted. This is why at least some central authority will probably need to exist, even if it's one of your own making and only pertaining to matters of defense. Someone will need to step up and take responsibility for keeping a sufficient defensive force together, rather than everyone going their own way where they can be picked apart piecemeal.
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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