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The Walking Dead 5:9 - What Happened and What's Going On....

Spoilers after the jump!

No! Like T-Dogg before him, Tyrese falls victim to the Walking Dead's "there can be only one black dude" trope. No...wait, there's preacher man and Noah left in the group, so maybe that trope is dead and gone.

Ahh - no wait - it's "there can only be one tough black dude" - that's the trope, and neither preacher man nor Noah fit that bill. Tyrese replaced T-Dogg, and my money has it on Morgan finally joining the group and replacing our dearly departed hammer wielding friend Tyrese.

I was sad to see Tyrese go - I liked his character, though this past season he's been kind of a downer...all depressed and mopey. Surprised to see him get killed off, too, what with Beth getting offed in the episode prior to the break. I'm going to wager the actor took up another gig so they needed to kill off Tyrese.

And the big man goes down due to a real rookie mistake...going into an unknown area with someone clueless and then not paying attention. That's always when the creepy little kid zombies pop outta nowhere and take a bite out of your arm.

Survivalist Sidebar: Tyrese's unfortunate demise highlights the dangers of not having an adequately capable battle buddy to watch your back. Noah's not a bad guy, but clearly not capable of protecting himself, let alone someone else. Without someone to watch Tyrese's back, he was ambushed by kiddo walker, injured, then left to bleed all over the place, tangle with another walker...and ultimately it killed him.

Running solo will get you killed, and running with people who are essentially a liability will get you killed even faster. In many, many cases, loved ones - children, maybe spouses, relatives - may be that kind of liability in a crisis situation. Honest self assessment here, folks. Not that we're going to abandon our responsibility to protect those loved ones, but we also shouldn't count on them as that battle buddy / capable backup unless they really are.

Back to the episode: Downer of an episode in general (what else is new?), though I did appreciate how they faked us out in the beginning (they're burying Beth, right?), and then came back around in the end. Guest stars in the flashback were all creepy, especially the Governor. Forgot what a good actor that guy was.

Glenn picked up his baseball bat, which I think was kind of a trademark brain smasher for him in the comics. We'll see more of that in episodes to come.

Also - what was with the truck load of zombie torsos? Who does that? Why?

That's it for my thoughts - how about you?


  1. I think it was pretty clear that either they have a new director, or theyve decided to experiment with their storytelling style. In either case, what could have been a good episode suffered from someone wanting to turn it into a graduate film class project.

    That aside, this is the first time we've seen two-way comms. I'm guessing they took the radios off some of the Grady cops.

  2. K. here, AFAIC worst episode to date...

  3. The biter that got Tyrese was the quickest walker I've seen to date - he burst out of the door and RAN up to Tyrese. Anyone doing searches like this should 'block' (shove solid wood wedge between door / frame) doors closed before they know it safe.

    Not quite sure what message was being sent with torsos - maybe just bored raiders ?

    1. The problem with a wedge is it will not work on doors that open inward to a room such as you would find in a house.

  4. When T got bit my daughter flew into a rage and started yelling 'cut it off'. Maybe we take our entertainment too seriously.

    As far as the chunks of walkers, rookies who don't understand the head thing or we still have some Terminus flunkies out there?

  5. Relevant points: Wolves Graffiti, "W" carved on the foreheads of the limbless walkers. The blasted back wall of the enclave.

    All point to a skilled and smart band of raiders. If you noticed many of the homes were burned. Molotovs are a cheap way of getting people out of a structure. That little redoubt got owned.

    "Wolves" will be a gang, maybe Negan's bunch from the comics. They are close to Alexandria.

    The torsos are impaled on stakes around Negan's base of operations in an old Factory.
    Michonne was not the only person to figure out using them as camo. Hope that helps folks.

  6. Allow me to add the obvious here. When in Biter Country you need to wear your "2nd chance armor". In this case, duct tape over a long sleeve shirt (as we have seen used in past episodes). Biters tend to go for the appendages so make sure you have some decent protection there. Plus reinforce areas that will see greatest threats. As we saw in this episode, Tyrese had to use his already bit arm to give him enough distance to whac-a-mole the second biter. So reinforcing the hands, forearms and tris and bis is a wise move. Yes, its hot so have the armor with you but only put it on when the threat level is high (e.g., entering unfamiliar building or other close quarters). If the biters jump you, your natural defensive reaction will give you the seconds you need to respond appropriately and if you have the armor on it give you the second chance you need. Given the consequences of a bit and the relatively low cost and ease of making bite armor it seems like a no brainer. Not sure why this has not been adopted yet.

  7. Probably getting harder to find duct tape and other consumable supplies.