So now the season finale is behind us, and it's more clear than ever why this show is so popular. Despite outwardly appearing to be a horror vehicle about a zombie apocalypse, it's actually turned out to be so much more, taking the genre in directions only hinted at in previous incarnations. Instead of simply being a show about zombies, what we have instead is a show about the darkest parts of human nature and just exactly what survival in the midst of that would look like. And, on top of that, it is a piece of fiction with the power of destroying the viewer emotionally, yet bringing them back time and time again like a brainwashed domestic abuse victim.
Tonight's episode did not disappoint in that respect. One thing that has impressed me quite a bit with this back-half of Season 6, since they returned from their mid-season hiatus, has been the way that the writers have expertly crafted the story in such a way that a sense of impending dread has continued to intensify week-to-week as though leading inexorably toward something big. And tragic. And heartwrenching.
If there's anything to be taken from this as a lesson for those of us in the Prepper / Survivalist subculture, it would revolve around the toll taken by the things one must do to survive and protect those they care for in a world turned more violent and chaotic. There may come a point when a person hits a proverbial wall and simply can't resign themselves to continuing to participate in violence any longer, but throwing off such a necessity won't be so simple as long as there are people they care for needing to be protected. The corollary to that, of course, is that we might expect some people to pull away from the sense of community they clung to previously, desperately trying to distance themselves from those they care about, simply because they no longer feel able to kill to protect them.
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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