“The Walking Dead” A Tale of Survival

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By Thomas Gillen
Staff Writer

“The Walking Dead” is based on the popular graphic novel series of the same name. The show follows a group of people as they attempt to survive in a post-apocalyptic world where the dead have come back to life. There are also various human threats that often prove to be more dangerous than the zombies, a.k.a. “walkers.”

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This show is for viewers who like horror, drama, and zombies. However, viewers should be warned that the show is very violent and can be frightening at certain points. Those that scare easily, or hate the site of blood, should not watch it.

The second episode of the sixth season of “The Walking Dead,” “JSS” was one of its best and most terrifying, with hardly any walkers. In the season five finale, fan favorite character Morgan made his first appearance outside of a cameo since season three. He arrived in Alexandria, just in time to see Rick, a changed man, as he executed one of the towns-people in Alexandria. The fallout of this situation, with Rick and Morgan’s relationship, was touched upon in the premiere of season six on Oct. 11, but will have to wait a few more weeks for the rest of the plot to be revealed.

This was one of the few episodes that main characters Rick, Daryl, and Glenn made no appearance. Instead, other main and secondary characters were the focus. Without Rick and Daryl, the main focus was mostly on Carol and Morgan throughout the episode. The advancement of Carol’s character throughout the series has been one of the most fascinating aspects about “The Walking Dead.” In five seasons, Carol went from an abused wife to one of the most reliable and feared fighters in the group.

This episode centered on the attack and invasion of Alexandria by the Wolves, a cult-like group identified by extreme violence and the letter “W” carved into their foreheads. The Wolves were introduced last season and, in the finale, were portrayed as the next threat in the show.

Similar to last season, Carol once again proves why she is one of the best characters on the show. Once Alexandra was under attack, Carol was in full force as she took on several Wolves by herself and even impersonated one of them. This made for one of the best moments of the show as Carol, in full Wolf costume, came face-to-face with Morgan and revealed herself before taking on several attackers.

Throughout the attack, there was only one walker present, which made the assault by the Wolves more powerful. Morgan also had some interesting moments throughout the episode. Since returning to the show, Morgan has refused to kill another human being, allowing several Wolves to escape Alexandria towards the end of the episode. However, there was an ambiguous moment at the end where he possibly changed his philosophy by killing one of the Wolves.

The Wolves might be the most extreme group our survivors have come across, even topping the cannibalistic people of Terminus, who may have inadvertently created the Wolves by locking them up in a train car. However, the presence of the Wolves may soon signal the arrival of the Saviors and their leader Negan, who is the most dangerous villain in the graphic novel series. With the way season six is heading, viewers may witness this sociopath appear in the season six finale to reek havoc on our survivors.

New episodes of The Walking Dead air on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on AMC.

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