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The Walking Dead: Strangers

 Some standout dialog from this week's episode:

"I sent you away..." - Rick
"You said I could survive...you were right." - Carol
"I sent you away to this--and now we're joining you. Will you have us?" - Rick

"Now, I need you to hear what I'm about to say, ok? You are not safe. No matter how many people are around, or how clear the area looks, no matter what anyone says, no matter what you think--you are not safe. It only takes one second. One second...and it's over. Never let your guard down. Ever." - Rick to Carl (and his old 'Farmer Rick' self)

"We're strong--we both are. But we're strong enough that we can still help people. And we can handle ourselves if things go wrong. And we're strong enough that we don't have to be afraid...and we don't have to hide." - Carl to Rick (good message here)

"We push ourselves to let things go. And then we let some more go...and some more. Pretty soon there's things we can't get back. Things we couldn't hold onto even if we tried.' - Bob to Rick (referencing his past?)

"Rule number one of scavenging: There's nothin' left in this world that isn't hidden." - Glenn

Some thoughts/spoiler-ness:

The mysterious person watching the group was Morgan.

Not surprised to see the cannies back so soon. Rick was right in wanting to go back and finish them off...you can't let people like that live around you. It's like letting a rabid pack of wolves roam around your neighborhood.

Did Bob have a past with Gareth (cannie leader), that goes back prior to their brief convo in episode one? Seems they singled him out for capture. Bob has had a mysterious past for a while...not sure why he went outside and started sobbing to begin with. I thought he'd secretly been bitten by the bubbling corpse zombie, but apparently not. Guess we'll find out soon, since he may not make it a whole lot further into the season...

Some standout makeup effects for the water logged zombies. Behind the scenes footage showed some cool animatronics at work. The end result was very nasty. You'd want a loooong decontamination shower after swimming around in that muck.

Oh--and who hides suppressors in a fridge?

What'd you think about the episode? Anything I miss? Any speculation for next week


  1. The writers have stepped up their game this season - a lot of 'Omigawd - what just happened ?" events. These two shows probably had more action then the entire season 4, which was mainly mental exercise anyway.

    I'm thinking the person that hid those silencers in the refrigerator did so on purpose - they wanted them found. Any person scavenging for food would look there just out of habit.

    Good show - well done AMC!

  2. What's with the marking/symbol on the tree? Morgan saw what appeared to be a circle with some sort of x in it and seemed to recognize it. Then after Bob got head smacked there was a single line carved in the tree beside him.

  3. The notion of the suppressors hidden the fridge seemed like a non-starter for a very big reason - while it is true that if youre looting a gun store for guns you probably won't look in the minifridge, people are starving and they're going to be scrounging for food...so even if they weren't looking for guns, they would have been looking for food and checked out the mini fridge.

    In the comic, it was Dale who got bit, wandered off to die, and got captured by the Hunters. When they found out they had eaten zombie-tainted meat they were quite upset. This is actually close to what Japanese soldiers trapped behind Allied lines did during the jungle campaign. With nothing to eat they would cannibalize prisoners. They would only lop off a limb at a time, so that the meat wouldnt spoil. If they killed the person the meat would spoil before they could finish it all. But keep them alive, and just take the meat as you need it.

    I like that Carol is thinking ahead by wanting to have the car as a fallback in case things 'go south at the church'.

    As in the comics, Fr. Gabriel locked his crowd out of the church and left them to die so he could survive.

    A sure sign someone is about to die in this show is when they pay extra special attention to someone. Herschel had his standout episode and then they killed him immediately after. When this episode started and Bob had all that dialog I figured that was pretty much his kiss of death.

    Nice to see Glenn has the M44 carbine taken from the group Daryll was with.

    Morgan didnt necessarily recognize the symbol on the tree. He simply recognized that someone had left a trail to follow and he followed it. The mark on the tree where Bob was standing was probably just left there by the same group indicating...something...I'm guessing marking limits of territory.

    Im pretty sure Bob got bitten down in that basement and didnt want to tell anyone. So he wandered off to die. Thats how it went down in the comic, except it was Dale.