The Walking Dead Episode 5 had some hard acts to follow. Not only did The Walking Dead Episode 5 have to follow last week’s horrific camp attack, but also get the ball rolling for the end of this quick season. In addition, it aired after the show made the cover of Entertainment Weekly, as its quick rise to the top is reaching new heights. Yet, as the show is becoming a sensation, it will have to leave the airwaves just as quickly. In Episode 5, The Walking Dead shifted both tone and location to prepare for the long rest ahead.
Warning: Spoilers follow
In the aftermath of the walker attack on the camp, tensions are running high. Disposing of the new and old dead proves problematic, especially when it comes to Andrea’s freshly dead sister. Not only that, the already mysterious Jim may be the next to become a walker.
In Episode 5, what’s left of the camp is paralyzed with mourning, inaction, uncertainty, and everything in between. The only certain one is Rick, as he forms a new plan to head for the Atlanta CDC. Of course, that only divides the group further, and makes things between Rick, Shane and Lori even more uneasy.
There were virtually no more zombie attacks for the camp to deal with, which was their only relief. However, the show has proved that dealing with moral uncertainty, fighting against inhumanity, and juggling responsibilities can be even harder than fighting zombies. For the fractured survivors, their choices got no easier as they tentatively made their next move.
However, after Episode 5, it is apparent that the setup phase of the series is over. The safe haven of the campsite is officially as dead and buried as the zombies themselves. Now the survivors are branching out, as the rest of the post-apocalyptic world is set to be discovered.
The majority of the hour was focused on goodbyes, emotional upheaval, and an uncertain move forward. However, things took a radical turn at the end, to set up the new tone and setting ahead. But has the simple, character-centric buildup set the bar too high for the wilder, more expansive action to come?
Since there’s only one more hour left after Episode 5, the show is still set to go into the offseason as a big success story. But as the story continues, it has to carry momentum and keep fans from complaining that they preferred how things were in the beginning.
Yet fans are still focused on how Season One will end – other than prematurely – as the first Walking Dead finale approaches next Sunday.
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