The Walking Dead: Remember Review

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By: Jonathan Pilley (@omnicomic)

Like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead is adapted from previous source material. This review is not meant to compare similarities and differences between the show and comic. It’s meant to be read purely as a take on the episode as it stands.

That being said, SPOILERS AHEAD.


“They measure you by what they can take from you.”

Deanna Monroe runs the settlement in Alexandria, VA, and she’s the one to talk to about anything and everything. Her background as a Congresswoman gives her the perfect qualifications to “run” the town to an extent. And she’s got a natural charisma to her that makes her a leader as well, which adds some gravitas to her meeting with Rick. She’s ready to make sacrifices to protect her community, but she’s also not naive enough to think that someone like Rick and his group can’t be helpful. She wants their unique talents of surviving in exchange for room and board.

The biggest reason the community survived had nothing to do with a group of soldiers or an abundance of arms. It survived because it was largely abandoned and forgotten by the world crumbling around it. That’s what makes it feel sort of like a moment trapped in time, reflecting little of the corruption of the outside world. It’s an atmosphere that reinforces Deanna’s desire to have someone with experience surviving in order to make her community stronger. The inhabitants have grown complacent in relation to the rest of the world, completely unaware of the terror outside the walls.

This complacency was made evident as the members of the group explored the town. There were grandparents who just wanted to hold a baby, a mom who wanted to get to know Rick and kids who just want to play with Carl. It all represents scenarios that are perfectly fine and normal in today’s society, but in the world of The Walking Dead, it’s a lot less commonplace. Deanna wants to tap that experience and put the survivors to work in various jobs throughout the settlement. Her recorded interview approach was very telling and an interesting way to get a look at the characters in a very honest confessional.

Not all the survivors were completely honest, but it was pretty clear that most (if not all) of the survivors are tired of the grind. They’re reluctantly accepting the situation provided by Alexandria, ready to take on the jobs assigned to be part of the new group. Each member has gone through their own transformation as a reflection of the events that have transpired. Few of them have transformed nearly as much as Rick has. When The Walking Dead started, it was about Rick being a hero figure. He was viewed as a savior by many who encountered him, even if it was a reluctant crowning that was more a matter of convenience at the time. Throughout the course of the show though, he’s become something more of a villain in many ways. It’s a fact that’s definitely not lost on his group, as there are moments when they question his motives.

His villainy is a necessary evil, as it’s the main reason he and the others in his group are all alive. He’s made difficult choices when no one else has been willing to, all for the sake of survival. That’s not to say he’s a villain on par with the Governor or anyone in Terminus; rather, he’s become a man who does what’s necessary, when necessary. The toll that took on him showed in his appearance, resulting in a grizzled beard and long hair. Him shedding the hair was as symbolic as it was functional, demonstrating a man willing to maybe finally accept that things could possibly be fine for the group.

“Remember” is an interesting episode. On the one hand, it puts the survivors in another situation where they feel they can be safe and accepted. On the other hand, they’re waiting for the other shoe to drop. There are glimmers that everyone there isn’t completely on board with the new survivors being accepted into Alexandria. Still, Deanna wants to make it work, giving all of them work and making both Rick and Michonne Constables, responsible for enforcing the law in the community. Rick is fine with it and—despite others in the group feeling the “suburban” life will make them weak—feels that if things get dangerous, the group will just take Alexandria.

It’s another example of how ruthless Rick has become, seeking out any opportunity to make a safe go of it for him and the group. The rest of the season seems like it will play out in Alexandria, as every survivor is still hesitant about the chance to live with his or her guard down. The glimpses of conflict makes the community feel like there may be some tension as Rick and the gang are slowly brought into the fold. In the meantime, there looks to be plenty of chances for everyone to make their mark and reflect their unique talents. Whether or not those talents are used to support the community or subvert it remains to be seen.

Rating: 4 out of 5


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