Posts Tagged ‘The Walking Dead’
Any dedicated fan of the show has no doubt witnessed what our favorite group of survivors has had to endure throughout their time in the apocalypse. Life as they once knew it is gone, and the constant search for food, water and supplies (along with the brutality of their environment) takes its daily toll.
And as the story continues, we can see how the characters change – some for the better, and some for the worse. But perhaps the most dramatic and controversial change can be seen in the inhabitants of Terminus.
[Spoiler Alert – if you’re not up to speed on TWD, stop reading here!]
So what do we know about Terminus? We know that it was once a safe haven for survivors. It was a legitimate sanctuary. And we know that they were over run at some point by rapists and pillagers. After enduring horrific torture and punishment, the “Termites” did eventually take it back and exacted their revenge (did they actually eat the bad dudes? Do we know for certain? In any event, revenge was dished out).
Here’s the moral dilemma — because of what they endured, do they have a right to be the way they are? In other words, are they excused from having to follow a basic moral code that’s unspoken but goes something like, “We shall not eat other people, ever”? Is what they endured so horrible, that going forward they have the right to trap innocent people, thus butchering them and processing them for food?
Seeing as how we don’t live in a zombie apocalypse (yet), it’s hard to see things from their perspective — from a survival-at-all-costs point of view. But I subscribe to the theory that there comes a point where they cannot use the terrible things that were done to them as an excuse. They took their camp back and punished their captors. What does that mean for all of the other people who have wandered into the camp? Did Rick and the gang deserve to be eaten because of crimes committed by others?
Perhaps the most haunting aspect of this comes next. When the gang escapes, Rick wants to kill each and every one of them, yet a few step in and tell him to let them be. Well, for those who have watched what happens to Bob, it becomes crystal clear that if Rick had been permitted to kill the remaining “Termites,” then Bob wouldn’t be the main course of a cannibal banquet right about now (a Bob-beque, perhaps?). Talk about hindsight being 20/20. (A side note… he was crying outside when they captured him — can we deduce that perhaps he was bitten? Does this mean that the Termites could be eating infected meat? Or, when cooked to a certain temperature, will the virus die inside human flesh?)
Where do you weigh in on this issue? Were the people of Terminus justified, or had they gone too far?
I’ll admit – I have a very weak stomach and cannot tolerate watching zombie shows and movies. From their slow, slithering ways to their rotting flesh, zombies are a bit more than I can handle. Add to this their mindless, instinct-driven desire to consume copious amounts of human flesh, and I basically run when anything zombie is on television. I cannot even bring myself to watch The Walking Dead, (from what I hear) a fantastic show depicted the troubled times of the last humans trying to survive a zombie apocalypse.
But today I started thinking about it. What if that actually happened? Instead of going through how terrible things would be if that occurred, I decided to actually take a moment and think of the highlights of an event such as this.
1. Disintegration of government on multiple levels – If you’re not a fan of the bureaucracy of government these days (and who is), maybe a zombie apocalypse isn’t such a bad thing after all. I just spent two hours today at the Division of Motor Vehicles getting my truck inspected. After interacting with the employees there, I can tell you that if there were ever to be a zombie apocalypse, it would most definitely start in government somewhere.
2. Bad Neighbors? Eat them! Imagine this – your neighbor is always in your business. He causes trouble, trespasses on your property and tries to pick fights with you on a weekly basis. Bam! The zombie apocalypse begins. If you turn, the last thought you’ll have about your neighbor is how good he’ll taste while you’re chewing his flesh. Not a bad motivator right there.
3. No more debt – I love this one. Think about it – while zombies are marching along the face of the earth devouring any and all living flesh in sight, I doubt Capital One will be trying to get you to make your credit card payment that month. It’s the end of any and all debt.
4. Free food! With all those helpless humans running around screaming, you’ll never have to worry about buying food again. Just grab one and start chewing! However, if you decide to try to stay human, good luck trying to find a grocery store that’ll have fresh food, or a place to prepare and cook the food without endless zombies running toward you once the smell tips them off. Yeah… zombie’s definitely the way to go with this one.
5. Stabilization of the world’s population – I love this one! So many people are genuinely concerned about the fate of the earth with her population booming more than ever before. While it’s true that most if not all of the humans would eventually become zombies and thus, still take up place on the earth, procreation would come to an end. At some point no new humans would be born. And since they wouldn’t be using fossil fuels, they’d be contributing to reducing our carbon footprint!
While I once thought a zombie apocalypse would be horrible, I can see that it actually wouldn’t be so terrible at all! Feel like adding to the list? Do so below!