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?


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 November 4, 2014 09:02

    Agreed. Honestly, as much as she talks about being tough, if it wasn’t for the others protecting her, she would have been a walker by now. Her character is kind of boring….’I sing’, I still sing’. Guess that is her point in the show, kind of the protection/survival of a gentle innocence or something in a harsh reality?
    Yeah, I read too much into things.

    Did you hear something about Carol not continuing with the show? She is one of the stronger characters IMHO, it would be a shame if she was written out.

  • Just Justine November 4, 2014 09:49

    Andrea, gone but not forgotten.

  • Just Justine November 4, 2014 10:08

    It’s hard to believe such things go on like what was in that sting operation.
    It shows the light vs the dark side of human nature.
    I wonder what happens to the girls after they are rescued, though?

    It makes one realize how lucky they really are, and shouldn’t complain.

  • Just Justine November 6, 2014 08:29

    Didn’t George Romero use zombies as a metaphor for how mindless the majority of the human race is? Just a herd of stumbling daily decomposing puppets feeding off of others? sort of symbolic of the living (cuz, yeah, we’re born, then ever so slowly begin ‘decomposing’ daily in a way)?
    and anyway, we kill animals and plants to survive (some doing it for profit and pleasure) and never give it a second thought, go to war and kill others of our kind (even the innocent), so what’s the difference between us and zombies? zombies no longer have intelligence or a conscience so they can be excused.
    or something. yeah.

  • Just Justine November 8, 2014 08:35

    Have you noticed how clean everyone is? Guess they bathe in lakes/streams? And I suppose deodorant and perfume is an out, unless the scent is like ‘essence of entrails’ or something.

  • Just Justine November 10, 2014 17:06

    Watched WD. SPOILERS!
    In brief, a very deep, meaningful conversation was had between Maggie and Eugene
    concerning his mullet. Eugene finally admits he is not what he led them to believe. He’s also a perv. Unless he was just examining what was on the shelf and looked up….yeah, no.
    Got a peak into Abe’s backstory.
    Abe loses it and goes serious bat crap on Eugene.
    A massive mob of zombies up ahead, will they go back now that the truth has come out, or will they continue towards Washington (which Eugene, before having his face rearranged by Abe, thought would be their best bet.)

  • Just Justine November 10, 2014 17:13

    Just read the latest in the graphic novels. Dunno how they will keep it from just becoming repetitious.

  • Just Justine November 10, 2014 17:47

    Oh, and they said due to the censor’s, last nites episode almost didn’t air. All I can think of, it had to be the sex scene, because it can’t be due to the violence. I don’t get it, with shows like ‘Game of Continual Nakedness and Explicit Sex onThrones’, this was mild. If they decide to bring Negan into it, I dunno how they will handle that when every other word out of his mouth is ‘F***’ or a derivative thereof. Everything he says is either obscene or a curse word, though sometimes he can be funny.
    In the current volume Negan captures Eugene and says if he doesn’t work for them, he’ll start cutting off Eugene’s body parts starting with ‘his most valued part first ‘…. after watching last nites episode I thought ‘OMG, not his mullet! ‘ 🙂

  • Just Justine November 14, 2014 23:12

    Comic Spoiler
    In the comic, Eugene is a science teacher, dunno if they will use that in the tv series.

  • Just Justine December 5, 2014 13:52

    Walking Dead Spinoff
    Same apocalypse, different locale. Wonder if it will be somewhere else in the US, or has it spread to other countries? Walking Dead South America, Walking Dead Eruope, Walking Dead Japan, Walking Dead Australia….they’ve probably already migrated to Canada, ay.

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