Walking Dead, Season 5

Walking Dead, Season 5

The Season 5 premiere of AMC’s the Walking Dead “No Sanctuary,” reportedly delivered the highest ratings in the series history, last Sunday. With 17.3 Million viewers, it apparently even beat out Sunday Night Football, in the key 18-49 demographic.

AMC President Charlie Collier was heard to remark “It’s a Dead Man’s Party. Who could ask for more?” quoting the famous Oingo Boingo song.

We watched the season 5 premiere of Walking Dead last night, I was on tenterhooks the first ten minutes or so and greatly entertained the rest of the episode. While watching the show, I tried to identify what it was that I found appealing about the whole thing, is it just about the visceral gratification of seeing zombies getting blasted?

SPOILERS

Maybe I’m deceiving myself, but I don’t think it is all about the graphic displays of violence. I was completely vested in Tyreese’s emotional struggle and ‘rejoiced greatly’ when the zombies all went silent and Tyreese burst in the door. I shared in the party’s grim determination while in the boxcar, to survive at all costs. Admittedly I felt absolutely no remorse when Carol kneecapped Tasha Yar and left her to her ‘fate’, but I was moved by Carol’s acceptance back into the group, afterwards. What didn’t work for me so much was the writers’ attempt to make me feel some sort of understanding/acceptance for the Termites’ supposed tragic journey into becoming the ‘butchers’, and you can blow up a propane tank with a bottle rocket? Really? If only I had known that as a teenager.

Yeah, okay, sure the choreographed violence is a big part of the show, but I think it’s just a backdrop to the powerful storytelling going on. That is what keeps me tuning in, even though when it comes to people getting their faces ate off, I suddenly develop an intense visual interest in the floor . . .

Comments: 77
  • Just Justine March 16, 2015 19:23

    VAGUE SPOILERS

    Another one bites the dust….er, get’s dusted by bites…..by many MANY bites!
    Well, two have, but the one was not part of Rick & Co. Really gory moments.
    Eugene has manned-up and is even rather hero-ish.
    Lots and lots of intrigue.
    Don’t want to spoil it further.

  • Just Justine March 19, 2015 16:00

  • Just Justine March 28, 2015 21:03

    SPOILERS

    I was surprised at Michonne, too. Do you think she did it to protect Rick, fearing either he’d shoot someone (even though he lowered the gun) or someone might shoot him? Or, do you think she did it because she just wants to stay?
    I agree that Carol was the cause, she didn’t have to tell Rick he’d have to kill Jessie’s husband, but should she have kept it to herself, or gone to Deanna about it? Apparently Deanna already knew of it, but I think because Pete is a doctor they just turned a blind eye perhaps?
    When Jessie asked Rick if he would protect someone else under the same circumstances, and he said no, that was a little irksome. So if he wasn’t attracted to Jessie, it would be ok for the husband to beat up on her?

    I think Rick realizes the people of Alexandria are living sort of a delusional life within the walls.
    And although they are a ‘community’, they do not seem to look out for one another the way Rick and his group do.
    Like how they (the Alexandrians) were willing to leave people behind when injured.
    I believe Rick and the others want this, this semblance of normality, but realize it is not reality?

  • Just Justine March 29, 2015 09:07

    NOT NECESSARILY SPOILERS
    WELL, YEH, I GUESS THEY ARE
    SORT OF
    ACTUALLY, IT’S QUESTIONS-

    #1. Why didn’t Carol, since she had an abusive husband, just go shoot Pete herself? At least she’d have an excuse. And she was already alone and on her own and survived.
    #2. The way Jessie talked, it’s happened before. Is Pete an alcoholic? Kinda seems that way.
    #3. If Rick were thrown out of the community, would Jessie and her sons go with him, or will she stay and continue to make owl sculptures? Which would be the lesser of two evils. We don’t really know how she feels about Rick.
    #4. And does Deanna realize if Pete kills Jessie, Jessie could then turn, bite him and the children and there goes the neighborhood?

    ACCORDING TO THE COMIC, SPOILERS
    SO DON’T READ IF YOU HAVEN’T AND/OR PLAN ON READING THEM-

    In the comic, Carol hooked up with Tyreese (who is the one slowly beheaded by the gov, not Hershel, whom I did not find as endearing in the comic as he [Hershel] was in the tv series.) In the comic Carol is completely different, tries to commit suicide by slitting her wrists (in front of Sophia, who is still alive in the comic thus far) because Tyreese and Michonne are having an affair (didn’t like Tyreese very much in the comic, either) and eventually goes to kiss a zombie and is bitten.
    Andrea lives in the comic and is now with Rick (who has one hand and is really scarred up having been beat up and stuff so many times.) Carl is still alive but Judith is not.
    Maggie is still alive, but not Glenn, and as I’ve mentioned before, the Dixons were never in the comic.

    I started out when reading them, not wanting to read past certain events, but since they are not in chronological order nor the character events exactly the same, it was just too difficult so just read on.
    In conclusion, even though some things are similar, it is not quite the same. In a way, it’s sort of like watching upcoming trailers or something, by reading them. No different than reading a book, then seeing the film adaptation. I read The Hobbit and LOTR and dunno that it really spoiled the film experience for me. I still cried over sad parts….and at the really emotionally moving ones, too.
    K, I’m done now, just in case you read any of this.

  • Just Justine March 30, 2015 07:48

    O…M…G!!!! Last nights finale was soooooo good! Don’t want to say much *excitedly waving hands like chimp…hmm, wonder if they can do jazz hands….sorry, just typing random thought* in case some have not watched it yet.
    I only got to watch the first few minutes of ‘Talking Dead’ and wow, did not know Lennie James, aka Morgan, was British. Haven’t been watching it this season, but will watch this one later as it has Carol and Daryl as guests as well.
    Anyways, thankfully there was only one or two artsy fartsy contemplative moments.
    Oooooo, I so want to discuss this, but my lips are sealed *zipping* for now, Forlath.

    TINY SPOILER-

    I will say, Morgan is like a Robin in the Hood with his quarter staff! I like the Morgan character, sadly though, how long will he last? Umm, there seems to be a record for offing strong black men.
    Come to think of it though, there aren’t that many black zombies and dunno that I’ve ever seen an asian one, either?

  • Just Justine March 30, 2015 17:21

    Question, what is it with the zombies, do they all have osteoporosis from lack of calcium or something that their skulls can be crushed so easily?

  • Just Justine May 19, 2015 08:18

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzCntiWbNuM

    I think I’d go for something like the crossbow, but with a bayonet attachment. In case you ran out of arrows/darts before you could retrieve them.

  • Just Justine May 19, 2015 08:23

    and speaking of weapons, Hank Hill would probably love this-

  • Just Justine September 19, 2015 12:30

    With Season 6 nearing, there comes the question as to whether or not Negan from the comic will be introduced, or, if ever even brought into the show? He does play a pivotal role in the comic, and though the telly series is not exactly the same, there are still links.
    I’ve read Xander Berkeley will portray a new character, but it has been said he will not be Negan but possibly Gregory, another character from the comic.
    If they do decide to bring in Negan or a Negan-like character, I think Henry Rollins would be a good choice.
    SORT OF SPOILER…..Darken his hair, give him a barb-wire covered baseball bat and he’d be great. He’s got the tude!

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