The Walking Dead Chow Down – Survival

Zombies!Welcome to Thursday’s Walking Dead segment.  I hope everyone is enjoying the show so far. As a writer, I have to say, I am digging the writing on The Walking Dead. It is raw conversation and it helps suck me into the character dynamic.

Last week we talked about morality.  Go check it out if you like.  We will be here when you get back.

This week was all about survival. Two drifters happened into the bar that the guys were holed up in.  They were from Philadelphia aka Philly.  They were jerks (not all of us peeps from Philly are jerks!) It came down to survival.  There comes a time in an apocalypse that being selfish is necessary.  Glenn thinks of himself when a showdown goes down in the saloon as he cowers in another room.  Guess what?  He lives!

During the shootout zombies come into the hoopla (intense!) and one of the drifters winds up on an iron fence with a spike through his leg.

Picture it: some dude tries to steal your guns along with his buddy.  Zombie drama hits and one of the thieves gets injured. Do you:

a) cut his leg off and get him off the fence.

b) leave him to be eaten by flesh-eating zombies.

c) shoot him in the head out of humanity.

d) get him off the fence (while almost being attacked), blindfold him and bring him back to the colony so you can fix him up, give him water and some food and send him out on his merry way.

Well, I would have done (C).  Yeah, heartless, but during a zombie invasion, I think heart is the last thing I need.  Apparently, a lot of these Apocalypse survivors are still in touch with their feeeelings.  Which is why the group chose (D).  This annoyed me (as I am sure it annoyed most viewers).

Which would you choose?  Or would you find another alternative?

It looks like the group may split and go into a civil war of sorts.  I could be wrong.  Shane is trying to get Andrea to see things from his point of view. If that happens, there will be an interesting dynamic!

By the way:  click here to read a great interview with Scott Wilson who plays Hershel Greene.


  1. I’d have chosen C, under the circumstances of hordes of zombies descending on me while I’m trying to decide.

  2. My husband and I watch this show, and he is adamant that things in that situation would be a WHOLE LOT LESS compassionate than they’re showing it to be. You don’t make friends with strangers, you don’t let people keep barns full of zombies… You shoot to kill and protect your own, period.

    Makes sense, but I think there’s a part of me that would strive to keep some semblance of civility. I’d be railroaded, no doubt.

    • Well, I guess you’d fit right in with your civil semblance. 🙂 I get what you are saying.. they are trying to be compassionate because they want things to be as close to humanity as possible although there is little humanity around. And as far as Herschel and the people at the CDC go, I get it. But I thought it was unbelievable that Rick could be THAT compassionate to a couple goons that just goosed them. Like.. are people REALLY that nice? And in a Zombie apocalypse even?? Thank you so much for your thoughts!

  3. I’m absolutely addicted to this show and I completely feel you on the groups choice of D. The entire time it was happening I was screaming “SHOOT HIM!!!!” After all, he’d just been trying to kill them, so in my opinion it’s totally justified. It’s a dead guy eat almost-dead guy world out there.


  1. […] Welcome to another segment of the Weekly Chow Down.  The plot twists are getting interesting as the dynamics between characters change.  Last week we discussed survival. […]

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