After “Home” in “The Walking Dead” or I like the Governor! or Survival Sucks!

Alright, so I watch “The Walking Dead”. It’s one of the best shows I’ve watched. I would read the comic but it… doesn’t look very good, art-wise. Shallow, I know. But I’m not going to spend money on art I don’t like.

Anywho, the show is great. It’s especially nice to see Rick have some really bad flaws, seeing as his wife [SPOILER]was[END SPOILER] one of the most flawed characters on the show. Well, not flawed, really, just… annoying. Maggie and her sister aren’t that much better than Lori, Carol’s getting better, and Andrea and Michonne are marriage material, of course.

What I really  liked about this episode was that there was no hang-ups on idiotically selfish choices.  How many times have people chosen to do something terribly selfish for the sake of ‘survival’?

I can understand the whole survival thing, I can. I’ve tasted a drop of it when hungry kids from the neighborhood would come to our house for snacks and my dad would tell them no, going on about survival and his money and all that. And it was acceptable then because those kids would (presumably) get something to eat… eventually.

But if you’re surviving the zombie apocalypse by looting nearby towns what, exactly, does it hurt by letting people in. I can understand not letting in people you don’t trust, but the first time we get a strong case of this was at Herschel’s farm, where, you know, there was little cause for distrust, what with Carl and them looking for Sofia and them helping out with everything. If Herschel really hated Shane at first, that would be perfect, but that wasn’t the case.

If they tried hard enough and wouldn’t turn away everyone, they can get something like Woodbury down.

But, hey, you might say, Woodbury? It’s a terrible place. Wrong! It’s a wonderful place, the best fucking place in what we know of The Walking Dead world. The Governor’s terrible, and the zombie games are terrible, and it would be best if everyone knew how to kill walkers, but if you think hopping ’round town with Michonne or mostly locked up in a jail is better than Woodbury- first of all, you’re lying to yourself, and second, you’re wrong.

Whatever is wrong in your eyes about Woodbury can be corrected by Andrea, and things will be great. If she gets the chance…. I don’t know if it is explained more in the comic, but the governor seems to have been a nice guy before (maybe before Penny died?) and helped all those people…

You see, the whole turning others away or killing others for survival is reasonable in my mind if and only if 1) You think you’re a bad or selfish person and that’s what you want 2) You’re in danger with those other people.

Since Rick’s group isn’t like that, and most of Woodbury’s sheep aren’t like that- they have no reason. For survival? Okay. Think about it, how long will that thinking hold? Killing or turning away people (which, to me, is the same as killing them) isn’t going to have you surviving long. Like, what are you surviving for? When will you start accepting people again? When your kids are half-grown and you’re ailing with old age? Too bad your kids learned to turn away people.

It especially boggled my mind with Tyreese’s group and that kid and man starting on about survival and taking over the jail. I was yelling, “THERE ARE FOUR OF YOU. ONE WOMAN- Just what are you living for? What’s so great about living longer if you that’s all that’s left?”

Oh, but to have Daryl on the show, it is fantastic. It gives me hope. It was pretty romantic (incest is best!) for him to stay with Merle. I was looking forward to him realizing Merle is pretty much an asshole (though this episode has him seeming to realize it as well, and I’m a sucker for leaf-turners) , but I had been hoping that he wouldn’t abandon Merle without a strong push. And he got it this episode. Daryl, who will help people in need without question and without need for compensation, Daryl, who will give his brother a chance, Daryl, who blamed himself for Sofia, Daryl, who mourned Carol, Daryl who knew Rick did right by him and would stand by him. Lovely!


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