, Season 5, is moving along at a rapid pace, and this episode was no exception.
Bob Is Delivered
Jumping in right where we left off with Bob in the clutches of Gareth and the remaining cannibals, it was great to see Bob get the final laugh. That “tainted meat” theory of his might not hold much water since everyone carries the virus in them anyway. Wait! Are the showrunners messing this up again? Since everyone has the virus, you turn no matter how you die, right? Let’s just assume that a bite from a Walker is a fatal injury, and we’ll assume that Bob bled out from having his leg amputated too.
And why hasn’t Maggie asked about Beth yet? And why, after just reuniting with the tribe, are Maggie and Glenn leaving with Abraham and Eugene?
Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, Bob was delivered back to the Church, and what followed was a game of deception, even to us the viewers. In the words of the late President Ronald Reagan, as it relates to Rick and the tribe, “Today, we have done what we had to do. They counted on America to be passive. They counted wrong.”
God Has Left The Building
The episode might have been trying to make a religious statement, one to the effect that faith in god is quickly vanishing from people’s conscience. It’s a sentiment that’s been building since the introduction of Gabriel, and it comes to a head when he utters the words, “This is a house of God,” and Maggie, whom we can safely assume was a woman of faith prior to the outbreak, says, “No, it’s just four walls and a roof.”
However, both Gabriel and Maggie, as well as Tyreese and Sasha, were standing dumbstruck at the brutality of the execution that just took place. An execution that could only happen in this new world occupied by Walkers. But the fact that Maggie could denounce religion, in not so many words, and then in the next scene take part in the tribe’s melancholic “living wake” with mourning and reverence for life is a huge juxtaposition of past and present morals and values. Everyone but Gabriel has come to terms with the fact that this is a new world, but these two scenes show us that the old world is hastily becoming a distant memory.
Clearly the tribe, which is made up of good people, is no longer squeaky clean in terms of right and wrong, despite being righteous in the viewers’ eyes. They are adapting to the way things have to be. Which forces us to ask: Even if Eugene is delivered to Washington D.C. and a cure is found, could the world return to the way it was? There’s no infrastructure left to take charge, and there seem to be plenty of renegade gangs who are content to rape and pillage, as it were.
But even asking that question is probably just an exercise in “what if” fantasy, like “what if I won the lottery?” Odds are that no one is left in D.C. for Eugene to work with. You heard it here first; Eugene is going to make it to D.C., but there will be nothing left.
Rick vs. The World
Rick, whether he likes it or not, seems to have come to terms with that theme of conflict we all learned in school, man versus himself, and accepted the duality and blending of his roles. Others within the tribe are still toiling with their morality. However, the man versus man theme is still very present. And if we expand upon those conflict themes, man versus Walker and man versus God are equally as dangerous. Other than the scavenging for food, nature doesn’t seem to be an issue.
In the spirit of the fast-paced season, we end this episode by coming around full circle to Daryl’s return instead of waiting until next week. And he’s not alone…
Rock Hard \m/