#TheWalkingDead: Strangers

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The group meets Father Gabriel (Seth Gillam), a priest. They take refuge at his church and decide to go to DC with Abraham and Eugene.

The Details

  • Everyone tells Abraham that they’ll do whatever Rick decides.
  • The group is happy together. They prepare a meal and call each other family. There is laughter and trust.
  • Daryl and Carol chase after the car that took Beth.
  • Suspicions abound for Gabriel when Carl finds “You’ll burn for this” carved into the church.
  • Bob is upset about being bitten, which he keeps a secret. He says his veiled goodbyes to Sasha. While he’s crying in the woods, Gareth and the others from Terminus tie him up and eat his leg.

The Big Q

What makes trust good?

The Impact

This episode shows a lot of relationships that have been built on unflinching trust. Though none of them started out that way, because trust takes time, the characters will now unquestionably follow their leaders. The biggest example is, of course, everyone letting Rick decide if they’ll go to D.C., even the people who barely know Rick, if at all. Still, he’s the leader, and so they trust his decisions to be good. Carol hops in with Daryl to find Beth in unknown danger. While I’m glad they went, Carol is usually more hesitant and cutthroat in situations like this, but Daryl is someone she trusts without thought, for better or worse. Gareth’s people follow him to retaliate against the group. The trust his decision to maintain a cannibalistic lifestyle and seek revenge. Who else seeks revenge? Daryl. Who else dabbled (albeit forgivably) in cannibalism? Rick. But Gareth is the bad guy. He is not to be trusted. Ironically, the only person trusted by no one is Father Gabriel. Trust usually has a positive connotation, but it can come at the expense of independent thought. When is that good, and when is it not?

What do you think? What makes trust good? Are there other examples on the show?

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