The Butcher or The Cattle: The Walking Dead Season 5 Premiere

There are spoilers from last night’s premiere episode of The Walking Dead in this post, so if you haven’t watched it yet, come back after you have! 

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Yuck. My stomach is still reeling from the bat to head scene. I mean, we’ve seen a variety of icky deaths throughout four seasons of AMC’s blockbuster television show The Walking Dead, but last night’s trough bit was out of control nasty. There was something about the ease of swinging the bat that its handler possessed, like he was casually hitting a baseball. The psychotic vibe of the killer duos’ actions- swing, kill, slice their throats… drain for blood, repeat. Their evilness was truly felt.

As a reader of the graphic novels, I anticipated a bat to rear its barbed-wirey head at some point, but maybe not until a season six, or perhaps when the book’s next huge villain arrives, Negan, who is far worse than any Governor could have been.  Capture

And even though I had guessed the people at Terminus were cannibals the moment I saw the lady cooking on the grill at the end of season four, it was easy to assume nothing good could come from a “safe haven” with that kind of name, anyway. Right? Terminus. Sounds like, well, terminate… which I’m assuming is a bad word to hear during a zombie apocalypse, or in most circumstances.

lOverall, the first episode of season five was everything fans could have wanted. It was packed with action, and had just the right amount of story. The MVP for last night clearly goes to Carol. Good thing she knew there was a propane tank nearby, or that it even had any propane left in it, or for using a bottle rocket better than an unattended 6 year-old during a pyro-rampage on the 4th of July. If not for her, I’m sure Rick, Daryl, Glenn and Bob (who I was sure was going to get that knife stabbed all up and around his eyeball) well, they’d all be dead and season five, and mostly likely the show’s franchise, would wither into nothingness.
This season promises a lot, evidently shown through the relentlessness of last night. If that is the very first one they wanted to show the world, we are justified in knowing the rest of the season will not disappoint.

The Walking Dead: Too Far Gone

The mid-season finale of The Walking Dead was last night and it hit home on many different accounts. For one, I was a huge fan of The Governor. I am upset that he’s no longer with us, but of course, expected this day to come. I’m also hungover with sadness by the gruesome death of Hershel Greene. There are questions upon questions running rampant in my mind. The best I can do for you guys, and myself, is to make a few statements about last night’s key characters.

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Leave your thoughts below! 

Tara

I fell in love with this character last night when she got lippy with the Governor after he admitted to have taken two people hostages. The uncertainty of taking the prison was written all over her face (watch as the battle goes down and she hides behind the car door). I think this gives room for some hope that she will switch sides, not like there’s much of the other side even left. When Rick asked her, “is this what you want?” before The Governor hacked at Hershel’s neck, you could clearly see discomfort. I predict she will join the Grimes group in the second half of season four and become a strong female asset, alongside her sister Lilly, sans little Meghan.

“We’re not suppose to be doing this. He chopped a guy’s head off… with a sword.” 

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Judith

After close consideration, I’ve decided that Lil’ Asskicker is still alive. Since the little girls, led by Lizzie, did not get on the bus, I believe the baby was grabbed by either some other Woodburian or Tara. The carrier she was in was not filled with blood, just a tad bit bloody. In the comic, Lori is shot while escaping with baby Judith and crushes her on the fall. Let’s just be happy we didn’t get to see all of that.

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Hershel

It was a painful scene to watch go down. Hershel had started off in season two as a vital character: he saved Carl’s life after being shot by Otis. He continued to play an important role for Rick’s group by letting them stay at his farm despite clearing the barn he kept filled with walker-family. He helped best he could with one and a half leg, utilizing his skills as a veterinarian and farmer. His death was brutal and slow, but one could almost predict it was going to happen for him last night. Outside of Maggie and Beth, Hershel’s death will have a lasting impact on Rick, who confided in the old man for advice and direction.

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Rick 

Faced with one of the toughest decisions yet, group leader Rick made the choice that decided the fate of dozens of people. He chose to stay, stood up to The Governor and stood his ground instead of hitting the road. He even tried to convince the opposing side that they could become leaders, and proclaimed that after The Governor destroyed Woodbury, they had been taken in and cared for at the prison. A very moving speech, indeed. But it didn’t work. Now would they have been allowed to leave the prison peacefully? It’s hard to tell, but I think The Gov would have killed them all anyway, especially Michonne. So did Rick make the right decision? That poor guy.

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The Governor

A great psychopathic television character, Philip “The Governor” Blake finally met his demise last night. Some may say that his death was long overdue, but the way last night’s episode was composed, the wait was well worth it. Michonne got her revenge in an episode that reverted back to its comic-roots. I must admit that I will miss him dearly. The complexity of his character is unrivaled. No other character on The Walking Dead has been as mysterious as they have been openly hateful and sick-minded. David Morrissey did a fantastic job recreating one of Kirkman’s biggest comic villains. Who’s ready for Negan?

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I wish I may, I wish I might

  • I firmly believe Lizzie is the person who killed Karen. So I’m hoping that once Tyreese finds out that it was Lizzie, he will be more accepting because she saved his life when Alicia was trying to shoot at him in the garden. He would have been dead if it wasn’t for those little girls.
  • Carol returns to the group.
  • Tyreese becomes a stronger male force.
  • Abraham is introduced in the second half of season four

I hate this part. You know, the part where we wait until February to find out all those burning questions. Last night’s episode finally used the original source material to finish off mid-season with a serious bang. The graphic novels are there for a reason, and I hope the writers see the success in “Too Far Gone” and decide to use those comics as a resource until the end of season four. I am happy to see they are leaving the prison behind and hopefully moving toward the next ruthless villain.

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