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AMC’s “The Walking Dead” Season 1 Recap and Spoilers – E05

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” Season 1 Recap and Spoilers – E05

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AMC’s “The Walking Dead”: Season 1 Recap and Spoilers – E05
December 14, 2010
This article is about AMC’s “The Walking Dead” Season 1 Episode 5 and is Part 5 of 6 articles.The walkers had snuck up on the survivors in the dark. With many of their family and friendsdead, the survivors must deal with the aftermath of the situation. After watching AMC’s “The WalkingDead” Episode four, I could hardly wait for the next episode. I needed to know how Andrea would dealwith the death of her sister, Amy. It would have been her birthday, and Andrea had a present ready forher, even in the post-apocalyptic world. Now, we shall see how she copes with the situation.Season 1 episode 5 of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” began with Rick attempting to communicatewith Morgan, who he had met before traveling to Atlanta to find Lori and Carl. Prior to splitting up, Rickgave Morgan a police radio and told him to try him on a certain signal if he were to attempt to followinto the city. Rick spoke on the dead airways of the attack, what they had been doing at the camp, andwhere they were located if Morgan and Duane were to come looking for Rick and the others. When Rickreturned to camp, he found everyone dealing with the attack. Daryl was making sure that all of the deadwere
dead Andrea was sitting with Amy’s body next to the RV. She leaned over her, stroking herhair, staring into her face. Amy had been attacked by a walker and had died as a result of her wounds. Atany moment, she would rise from the dead, hungry for human flesh. The group tried to convince Andreathat Amy must be “taken care of” for the good of the group. She responded by pulling out a pistol andaiming it at Rick, right between his eyes. One twitch of Andrea’s finger and she would assure that Rickwould not even know what it would be like to be a walker. Knowing this, Rick took a few steps back,showing that he understood she simply needed her time to grieve.This scene was very powerful. It showed that Andrea cared for her sister so much, and was sotraumatized by her death, that she would risk her own safety in order to look into Amy’s face just onelast time. For those of you readers who have also read the comic book, you can clearly see that Andreamanages to live for more of the series. However, the series has deviated from the comic book so far,why would they keep her in the series? This created a lot of tension for me, and I wondered if thewriters of the series were willing to trade Andrea for another character, such as T-Dog or Daryl.Meanwhile, the survivors were disposing of the corpses that resulted from the attack. Walkersthat were responsible for the attack were burned in a bonfire while victims of the attack were buried inthe graves dug by Jim. Jim made his way over to another victim to remove their body when Jacqui,another survivor played by Jeryl Prescott, discovered that Jim had been bitten in the attack. Everyoneknew that being bitten or otherwise wounded by a walker meant that they would suffer the fate of becoming a walker themselves, and therefore, the group had to make a decision for Jim. After muchdebate and protest, the survivors decided to put Jim into the RV and keep him as well as possible for aslong as possible. The group decided to leave camp and try to make it to the Center for Disease Control inorder to find a cure for Jim.The subplot of going to the Center for Disease Control in hopes of finding a cure was not in theoriginal “The Walking Dead” comics. Rather, after Carl kills Shane in the comic (that’s right,
), volume one of the Trade Paperback ends and volume two begins. They just pack up andleave figuring the area is not safe anymore. In the comic, Jim had been bitten and had elected to be leftat a tree not far off from camp before they left. They make no mention of Morgan or Daryl when theyleave and they do not go to the CDC. However, I think the way the plot had changed in the show from
the comic was for the better. Shane was a great character, and seeing him die off so early would havemeant we would miss out on such a great subplot that could be further developed. Also, at the Centerfor Disease control, there would be an opportunity to learn a little bit more about whatever is causingthe dead to walk, giving the audience the feel like they have some real “scientific” data to explain whatis happening in an otherwise unexplainable world. Also, I felt that the comic book did not give muchexplanation aside from “it’s not safe” for their leaving camp. I think the CDC explanation is a lot moreplausible than nothing. One more thing I feel worth mentioning is that basically after the attack on campand Shane’s death, the Trade Paperback version of the comic book switches from volume one to volumetwo, providing the gap for the writers to add in the subplot of the Center for Disease Control as a seasonender, and possibly pick up with volume 2 of the Trade Paperback, “Miles Behind Us.” The one part of the episode that did create a whole lot of tension is when Shane and Rick are sweeping the forest forwalkers, and Shane takes aim at Rick. This is the only scene foreshadowing the circumstances that led toShane’s death in the comic.Before hitting the road, Rick left a piece of paper stuck to the window of Glenn’s stolen car (fromepisode 2) for Morgan to find if he had been listening all along on the radio. The paper explained theirplans to make it to the CDC in order to find a cure to Jim. With everything in order, the group hit theroad toward the CDC. On the way, the RV had some engine trouble, causing Dale to pull his rig over. Jimused the opportunity to be brought outside. Jim said that the ride was causing him unbearable pain andthat he could not stand to ride any longer. He wished to be left up against the tree. The group hesitantlyobliged and carried him to the side of the road, then up a grassy hill, and set Jim under a tree. Aftersaying their goodbyes, the survivors head back into the RV and continue toward the CDC; their onlyhope for answers and survival.This scene seemed very similar to the scene of Jim’s death in the comic series. In the comics, Jimasked to be walked out and set up against a tree. He said that when he would turn into a walker, hewanted to be reunited with his family. In the first volume of “The Walking Dead” TPB, Jim did not evenlast to see the group off. Nor did he dig the holes prior to the attack by the walkers in the night. Heexplained that his family had been killed by walkers right before his eyes, and that the only reason heescaped the gruesome ordeal was due to the fact the walkers were so involved in eating his family. Thecomic series paint Jim as a sad, quiet man who keeps to himself and does not really associate withanyone else. However, I believe he is a great addition to the series. Who would want to watch adepressed, lethargic, quiet-natured man with a lot of pent up rage?In the end of the episode, the group makes it to the CDC. The first shot we see is of a lonescientist inside the Center for Disease Control who is recording a video and is admittedly talking to noone. Shortly after, Rick and the rest of the survivors show up at the locked, steel gates and impenetrablewindows. Noticing a camera, Rick begins to explain the groups’ intentions and pleaded with the camerato open up the gates and let them inside. Seeing no response and no sign of life, the rest of the groupbegin to give up hope and try to get Rick to give up as well. Refusing to give up hope, Rick beganscreaming and pleading with the camera until suddenly, the gate opened.Referenceshttp://www.mycomicshop.com/search?TID=669591&AffID=702435P01http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1628067/
Title: Andrea grieving the death of AmyDescription: Andrea grieving the death of her sister, Amy in AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”Tags: Andrea, Amy, AMCs The Walking DeadTitle: Shane taking aim to kill RickDescription: Shane aiming at Rick in AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” This is the only scene where thescenario resulting in the death of Shane in the comic book is foreshadowed in the television series.Tags: Shane, Rick, AMCs The Walking Dead, Shane’s death

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