This weeks episode of The Walking Dead, Strangers, was a sort of food for thought episode. A new character was introduced (for how long, we never kn0w), and as a man of the Lord there were definite questions to be raised concerning Beth’s disappearance in the back of a Church car. For now, the group are taking sanctuary in the Reverend’s Church, but what secrets is he keeping, and are they safe? As is usually the answer in WD, probably not. In the final moments of this weeks installment Bob was seen in a precarious situation, and the biggest shock was left until then to spark your enthusiasm to watch again next week (not that there should be any doubt in your mind, anyway). Even more disturbing was the presence of the Terminus lot who we all assumed had died along with their base, and it seems they are out for blood, literally.
The great thing about WD, and what makes it so consistently good is its ability to make you feel. We are being allowed the pleasure of following a group who have been through a hell of a lot, and we’ve been there with them experiencing it all. The violence of the Walker scenes never take over from the importance of what is at the center of this programme; the characters (it is after all a study of people, and their reactions to a world gone wrong). A lot of people gave up with WD after season two, the series which focused mainly on Rick, Hershel and the others while they had time to come to terms with everything that had happened to them while being in the safe vicinity of the farm. Some of the best moments, like the growth of Darryl and Carol‘s relationship, and Hershel‘s previous life as an alcoholic were all on display, and really rather wonderfully. Season five seems to be finely balancing similar junctures like this, with the horror of the Walkers and the Terminus crew.
Four Walls and a Roof, next weeks offering, is eagerly anticipated. And its only Monday.