In this episode, the group fights to get free of Terminus.
- Tyrese’s captive tells him to leave Carol or kill him.
- Carol redeems herself with the group by exploding a propane tank, thus saving them all.
- One of the Terminus women says, “You’re either the butcher or the cattle.”
- Rick wants to go back and kill all the Terminus people. The rest of the group disagrees.
- Terminus people used to be good, but had to become evil to survive.
- Tyrese has to kill even though he believes it’s wrong.
The Big Q
Is it possible to preserve goodness when confronting evil? Can we choose to be good? Is good just a matter of belief and perspective?
This episode showed a variety of characters navigating making “good” and “bad” choices, but sometimes, their action was less choice and more of force, particularly evil actions requiring additional evil actions. The Terminus group believed their actions to be good, along with necessary evil. Of course, we’re cheering for a group we believe to be good that has also engaged in necessary evil. If we had watched the show from the beginning from the perspective of Terminus, we might side differently. Same goes for the Governor’s group and even those crazy jerks Daryl got mixed up with for awhile. At this point, the most morally “clear” group is the one we know little about–Eugene’s group. Of all the groups, they have the best motive: salvation rather than survival.
So I’m turning the Big Q’s on you. Is it possible to preserve goodness when confronting evil? Can we choose to be good? Is good just a matter of belief and perspective?