By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder
So what does it mean to be a good guy in the world of The Walking Dead? We continued to ponder that question this week. We certainly have several examples of what it means to be a bad guy, the latest being Gareth and his camp of cannibals. Those opening shots of the cannibals eating Bob’s leg, juxtaposed with the ones of the walkers were awesome. And then you had Gareth putting his hand against the glass, which was an awesome visual representation of the question, “What separates us from them?”
What’s been cool this season is that if you’ve been collecting the comics, you can actually read along with certain segments of the show. For instance, Father Gabriel’s confession, the dialogue between Gareth and Rick in the church, etc. I love how the show isn’t the comic book, but it’s always fun to see them intersect.
On to the good stuff…
Thoughts From The Walking Dead, S5E3:
Bob dies peacefully after revealing he was bitten during the events of last week’s episode. Not surprised to see Bob die this week, in a surprisingly tranquil manner. After last week’s cliffhanger, I think we needed an episode where the good guys got a win. Bob’s whole “tainted meat” tirade was pretty great. In all honesty, I’m surprised this character lasted as long as he did. But his death scene was extremely impactful, leaving both Sasha and the audience to wonder what good can come from so much carnage.
Rick, Sasha, and the others massacre Gareth and his group. Again, we blur the lines between good and evil. In that moment, the only real difference between Rick’s group and Gareth’s group was that the former didn’t eat their victims after they were dead.
After the massacre, Michonne picks up her sword again. Again, some great symbolism. Michonne ultimately has no choice but to pick up that sword, even though she doesn’t necessarily enjoy wielding it.
A hidden Carl holds his gun forth in defense as the cannibals taunt the group. I was actually proud to see Carl standing up for himself and his friends in such a scary moment. One can only wonder what Carl thought of his dad slicing Gareth up the way he did.
Glenn, Maggie, Abraham, Rosita and Eugene leave the group to head for Washington. The group definitely needed to shrink, at least for a little while. Things were getting crowded. I was disappointed we didn’t see Glenn and Maggie give Rick a proper goodbye. Lord knows they may never see each other again. We haven’t spent a lot of time with our favorite post-apocalyptic couple this season. With Father Gabriel around, and the show taking plenty of cues from the comic book, I’m curious to see if they’ll have themselves a makeshift wedding.
Father Gabriel confesses to the group. Gabriel’s confession about locking his congregation out of the church in the wake of the apocalypse was just as awesome on television as it was in the comics. And I love that he has to describe it for us, so the whole scenario is left to our imagination. It never fails, what you picture in your head is always worse than what they give you on screen. But the question still remains: What happens to him now? His big secret is out. So from a storytelling standpoint, what do you do with him? Obviously he’s a coward. So do you keep him around to have him face his fears? Or do you kill him off to illustrate there’s no room for that kind of cowardice in the face of a zombie apocalypse. I’m very curious to see if he makes it through this season.
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