Last night I watched the “Mid-Season Finale” of Walking Dead and realized that this Comic Strip turned Television Epoch is actually based on the Environmental Movement. I know what you’re thinking, but bear with me, let’s examine the most recent episode. My point really becomes very clear during the Governor’s challenge to Rick’s group at the prison gates.
Here’s the scene for those of you who missed it: The Governor, standing on a tank surrounded by a heavily armed cadre has two of Rick’s friends as bound hostages kneeling before him. His goal is to take over the prison haven, currently held by Rick’s group. He issues this ultimatum: “Leave before Sundown or I will kill you all,” he decrees from his position of power.
Rick, standing apart from his group, looking small and desperate, responds with an alternative to the deadly proposal: “No, wait, it doesn’t have to be this way! Really, we can all live together, if not harmoniously at first, then after time. He extolls the list of enticements: we have plenty of land, we can grow food, we have walls, we will be safe, we CAN DO IT,” his voice rising and falling like that of a practiced preacher.
During his impassioned plea, the camera watches the face of the only non-zombie Senior Citizen on the show. Hershel’s eyes become calm and his face peaceful as he seemingly envisions Rick’s promise of a harmonious and healthy future.
Camera pans to the small Rick, standing like David before Goliath and there’s the slightest breath of hope…and then the Governor chops Hershel’s head off.
So here’s the parallel: