The Walking Dead: Season 5
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Season Four of The Walking Dead ended with Rick and the group outgunned, outnumbered, and trapped in a train car awaiting a grim fate.
Season Five picks up shortly thereafter. What follows is a story that weaves the true motives of the people of Terminus with the hopeful prospect of a cure in Washington, D.C., the fate of the group's lost comrades, as well as new locales, new conflicts, and new obstacles in keeping the group together and staying alive.
Stories will break apart and intersect. The characters will find love and hate. Peace and conflict. Contentment and terror. And, in the quest to find a permanent, safe place to call home, one question will haunt them...
After all they've seen, all they've done, all they've sacrificed, lost, and held on to no matter what the cost...
Who do they become?
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I remember watching the first season of The Walking Dead (2010- ) back in 2010. I’d never heard of the show and didn’t know anything about it. I was searching for a new favorite show after Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009) ended. The first time I watched The Walking Dead the unexpected blood and gore made me jump off the couch and walk around the living room, pacing and laughing in a defense mechanism sort of way. I was so shocked to see something that graphic on TV.
After I got over my initial shock The Walking Dead became one of my favorite shows, until the fourth or fifth season. I was watching the show to see what characters from the quarry in the first season would survive to the end of the series. I dreamed of how I would end the show if I was in charge of the series. I wanted to see Carl kill Rick, then Daryl kill Carl, then Carol kill Daryl, and then have Carol surrounded and ripped apart by walkers, with Morgan watching from a second story window of a nearby building, muttering “I told them to clear. They needed to clear.” But that didn’t happen and when I heard the show’s creators talking about twelve or more seasons I realized there was no planned ending, and then they started spinoff shows like Fear the Walking Dead (2015- ), and I lost all interest in the show and stopped watching the series after season six.
With no planned ending The Walking Dead is just another soap opera that I don’t care to follow. There are so many wonderful shows available to binge watch these days. I’m not going to waste my time and money on a show that doesn’t know where it’s going. Maybe I’ll watch the last episode of the show if the series ever ends to see what characters from the quarry in season one make it to the end. The show’s characters’ initial goal of surviving, established in season one, is what I cared about. I wanted to see what characters from season one survived and if they found a cure for the disease. With those goals muted the series is a ship without a rudder.
If you’re looking for good stuff to watch consider miniseries like The Astronauts Wives Club (2015), Band of Brothers (2001), Frank Herbert’s Dune (2000), Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune (2003), Into the West (2005), Lonesome Dove (1989), Manhattan (2014-2015), Return to Lonesome Dove (1993), Pride and Prejudice (1995), Taken (2002) and The 10th Kingdom (2000), which are all terrific because they have clear beginnings that establish an objective, then strong middles and conclusive endings where the goal is achieved, like a good novel.
Other shows I’ve really enjoyed include Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009), Breaking Bad (2008-2013), Cowboy Bebop (1998), Downton Abbey (2010-2015), Firefly (2002), Game of Thrones (2011-2019), Granite Flats (2013-2015), The IT Crowd (2006-2013), Jericho (2006-2008), Merlin (2008-2012), The Prisoner (1967-1968), Rome (2005-2007), Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011), Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010), Stargate: SG-1 (1997-2007), Stargate: Atlantis (2004-2009), Star Trek (1966-1969), Star Trek Voyager (1995-2001), and The Tudors (2007-2010). I didn’t list any contemporary series I’m following that don’t have an end date yet, not conducive to binge watching from beginning to finish.
If you like reading try some of my favorite fantasy and sci-fi authors: Richard Adams, Palo Bacigulupi, Suzanne Collins, Abe Evergreen, Diana Gabaldon, Hugh Howey, George Martin, Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, and Andy Weir.
The world, for all intents and purposes has ended and the few left have banded together (good guys one team and bad guys another) to find shelter, food and most especially to get away from the zoombies! Now these zommbies are people that have died from the nuclear fallout, starvation, etc but they come back to life and have a good thirst for the humans still alive.
The main group begins with Rick - the hero. He has a son Carl who has grown up much to fast. The story begings with Rick losing his family, in a hospital where no-one is home, is empty and looked like an explosion hit is headfirst. He is alone (he had been shot earlier during his Sheiff duties). The escape, aided by Glen (you will love this little guy) is tricky, scary and will have you on the edge of your seat. Zombies are everywhere just waiting to tear at anything that is alive.
You see those that have died come back to life and are looking for food in the form of 'people' -and 'ugh' even a poor horse could not escape.
The twists and turns of the show, the writing, the acting, the emotions are beyond belief and one of the few shows that has me yelling at the TV..'NO, STOP, GET AWAY, HURRY, NOOOOO.'' It really is that exciting.
After the show (Sunday at 9PM-AMC-app at Amazon or Xfinity Demand) Chris Hardwick has a 'Talking Dead' show and then all the happenings we just saw are talked about. This week some were (surprise..boo hoo) killed (spoiler) that surprised the hell out of the audience but I guess somebody has to go sometime,
Eventually Rick and his 'family' of odd characters find a prison and settle in for quite awhile until threatened by another band who want shelter, food and the like.
Many others who have found Rick, some had to be killed, others found to be a great help - the old good guys and bad guys.
Ricks group has moved on from one place to another while the dead are building up to monstrous proportions. So many zombies that if Rick and all persons left alive were quadrupled ten times the zombies would consume them all with no trouble.
I love the show and this is one show that has what you
call 'DIE-HARD FANS' and and I do mean DIE-HARD.
Check it out. There are usually marathons on some of the other cable channels. Check the Amazon AMC app or Xfinity demand (though the complete six years isn't there I don't think).
If need be buy the seasons--it's pricey but damn good or you could catch up with the DVD's as I think the price has gone down on many of them.
Either way if you like spooky, scary, adrenaline pumping-YOURS AND THEIRS this is the show that will cover it all-even screaming at the TV..''NO...GO AWAY...DON'T KILL GLEN...NO......''
i'M JUST WAITING FOR MY NEIGHBORS TO TAKE ME AWAY.
BUT; A small warning: This is not a show for kids; the tauma, the killings, the ugly ugly zombies would give them nightmares for years to come.
Do not miss out on this show-it's a winner and I know eventually the 'group of good guys' will be able to reclaim the home they did find shortly before the zombies broke through the gates. This 'community' was built and to Rick's surprise and those of his group they planned to stay there among the citizens who had made somewhat of a life there. Now all this has been threatened - again - by the nasty zombies. Tune in....
PS: These suckers can only be killed by chopping their heads off...gross.....but so damn real it's hard to think it isn't!!!