Episode 5 review… **spoilers**

In the last episode I talked all about a bubble these people have built for themselves trying to hold onto some semblance of their former lives and this episode opens with most of them coming to terms that some more then others are settling better in a world of death and terror.  This episode is all about family and doing what is best for them.  Every family is needing something different and even though sometimes it is not pretty you have to respect the wishes of those who feel they are doing the right thing.  Not only that but you have to have faith.  That is something that is not very plentiful in this time.  When you have a hunch that things are going to go a certain way and you know you have to follow it you are riding on faith.  We see time and time again in this episode that people are being tested to believe that there are solutions in this world.  They are not helpless if they try to move toward what they feel will be best.  It is a tough road to follow when you have no believers but I do see that in a time of desperation when there are no solutions that following someone is salvation.  You may be broken and have no options but when someone is so adamant about what the next step is and you can’t even see the light at the end of the tunnel it is just easier to follow.

Andrea refuses to let her sister go and Rick is trying to reach out to Morgan, who met before he ever ventured out to Atlanta. Atlanta belonged to the dead now and hopefully the radio frequency would reach his former friends so they could not fall into the trap and be overtaken by what would lie ahead of them.

Once we get into the meat of the episode we open with them pulling the dead to burn the geeks and bury their own that died in the attack.  Almost immediately we learn that Jim has been bitten.  It is only a matter of time before he is stricken with fever and then turns to a walker.  Rick, being the optimist, thinks they could find the CDC, Center for Disease Control, to see if they found a cure and Shane believes they should go to Fort Benning where they may have some protection if the army is still together.  Daryl, being the hothead that he is, brings up one big thing that they don’t tolerate any walkers in their camp but, as Rick stops him, they don’t kill the living and Jim has only been bitten thus far.  They take him away where he gets his fever and begins to deteriorate.

Dale tries to help Andrea with her loss by admitting they were the first people they ever cared for since his wife passed from cancer years before.  With that I think Andrea finally lets go.  She has been sitting with her sister all night and finally up until she turns.  You would think this be a weird thing but   Everyone is dealing with guilt on this day and so we turn to Carol.  We actually see the first hit when she gets Ed in the head and as she swings over and over again we begin to see maybe this is her salvation.  She was for so many years a slave to him and beaten by him to not be her own person.  While she may be upset for her loss I also feel she may be able to finally live free without him.  You can hear it in her groans as she makes sure the job is done right.  How much relief she must feel and without guilt at this point.  A fantasy any beaten wife sees in her mind is to kill her husband and since she didn’t do it and the situation is what it is then she can move on without guilt and still get to in a way kill him herself.  I think this is a huge step forward for Carol because you can see she is a strong woman who is held down.

While they are burying their dead you see how upset they all are but this is a form of letting go for most of them.  They have to bury their dead to say goodbye and have means to an end.  They may not have wanted them to go and it is terrible but to be honest those are now in a better place then the people in the camp.  There are tears shed but mostly for a former relationship and life I am sure they are all realizing may never exist again.

Shane is upset with Rick for leaving and this makes Lori question him as well.  While everyone else has given up Rick is still new to this life and would like to believe that they can find a cure and get relief and not just keep surviving.  Thinking outside of the box can end this but what Rick doesn’t know is that these people have been living this.  They have been struck down time and time again.  To talk of things that may not exist and cause them more danger only seems like pipedreams and not a solution to all their problems.  This does become a struggle between Shane and Rick as more time goes on.  Rick believes he must lead them to the CDC while Shane things it would be stupid to lead them further down the rabbit hole.

The boys go into the woods and are talking about what is best for the camp even though Rick is constantly thinking about what is best for his family.  He semi-insults Shane when he makes the comment about him thinking of what to do differently if he had a family.  Of course Rick doesn’t realize that Shane had replaced him in his absence in more ways then one.   In Shane’s mind he did have a family and the return of Rick has made that go away.  Not only is it a power struggle to be a leader but to Shane, Rick signifies the loss of his family.  It really isn’t Rick’s fault either and unfortunately no one has told him.  At one point Shane has a clear shot to take Rick down and he seriously thinks about it because he is being challenged.  You see the madness in Shane’s eye and no matter how much he wants to play it off Dale is wise enough to see that this power struggle may come to a battle to the death.  Once they come back to camp he decides that he has to back Rick because the most important thing is that the camp stays together.  Even though he thinks the plan will fail he has to stand by him mostly I feel because of his guilt he feels for betraying Rick.

Now we come to a crossroads and there is a family to splits off.  They are all traveling in cars together in a caravan.  It seems like it can be hopeful as they move forward until the RV breaks down because of the hose that was told would never hold.  Not only that but Jim is getting to a breaking point and his color is changing and is wishing for death.  He wants to be with his family.  Dale seems to be the most sensible one at this point in time and even though we are constantly seeing a struggle between Shane and Rick, Lori breaks it down with one simple statement when they are contemplating leaving Jim behind to die.  She says that it isn’t either of their calls.  In a world riddled by death and destruction if you wish for death who is to deny it for you.  To be honest, it is admirable that he sacrifices himself and not try to hold on for himself or them because ultimately it will only end up hurting the group in the end.  It becomes a sad day to loose some to another path and also to let Jim go.  They all have to learn to let go one way or another as time goes on though.

Day 194, 63 days since the disease went global.  We finally have time frame for how long the world has been like this.  This is a broken up transmission we are seeing a man who is living underground who is loosing a sense of what is going on.  We see him in a bio-hazard  suit inspecting what looks like flesh and attempting to come up with a cure?  This is the CDC but it is one guy.  He has isolated the virus and then something goes wrong.  Once he is clear of the room the room is fully decontaminated, which means the samples were burned and gone.  The only samples he had that were being used to test.  One man solely looking for the cure of the world.  This is a huge loss on his part and makes the statement that he will blow his brains out the following day but has decided to get wasted that night.  A valid choice since, well what else are you going to do?  That is until you realize there are living breathing real people approaching your facility.

DEAD PEOPLE EVERYWHERE.  That terrible sound of flies everywhere.  You can see that the place must smell retched by the fact that none of them can stop covering their mouths.   This is the front of the CDC.  They are sitting ducks surrounded by the dead and slowly closing in walkers.  Rick pleas with a camera hoping to get somewhere and when none of them believe him and they try to pull him away all of a sudden a light shows the way to a new beginning.

Stay Tuned for Ep.6…

Jess