This episode gave us two background stories and added to the exploration of the many ways that people can lose their minds and/or commit acts of evil cowardice in this post-apocalyptic world.
This was Abraham’s and Eugene’s episode. We learn that Abraham was a survivor from the start but the brutality that has carried him this far scared his wife and children so badly that they ran from him and ended up dying. All I could think was it must have been too early in the disaster. His wife and children were still too close to civilization and saw him as a monster. Given time they would have realized that he was just the type of monster they needed. But instead they ran and Abraham, feeling responsible for their deaths was about to kill himself when Eugene arrives and gives him a reason to go on.
For many viewers, Eugene’s disclosure that he wasn’t a scientist didn’t come as a big surprise. His story didn’t really hang together and that became more obvious during the episode. When he started to go on about global warming I thought that for sure someone would get suspicious. Glenn changed the subject abruptly and I thought that maybe he knew that Eugene was lying and I’m sure in some corner of his mind he did but he and the others wanted to believe Eugene as much as he wanted them to.
Eugene compares himself to the priest and feels that neither of them had a choice but to be the cowards they were. It isn’t until he is, as Tara says, “screwed either way” that he tells the truth in the hope that he can help someone by making sure that no one else gets killed. At least he makes that choice although I can’t say that I blamed Abraham for punching him. As for Abraham, it becomes very clear that he has gone over the edge and is a danger in his own way. He is obsessed with finishing his mission despite the costs to others. Perhaps it is the only way he can justify continuing to live after the death of his family. The scene where he falls to his knees is heartbreaking as his memories and the present moment converge. It is hard to say what will happen to him now.
I’m sure that there are many that will find this another ‘slow’ episode but I felt that it raised some important issues and provided some context for what will come next. Whatever hope Eugene provided is now gone...again. Is it enough to just survive for yourself? Is it enough to find a new beginning in the mess that is the present world? What kind of civilization will there be where everyone is ‘strong’ and your only choices are to help those that you know can help you and kill those that might kill you. Is something beyond mere survival even possible if there is no way to reverse or address the issue of walkers?
Bits and Pieces
Rosita and Abraham are obviously an item. Of course there would be little privacy for sex in these situations. You certainly wouldn’t want to go off into the woods or some other private place. It was a nice touch when Tara shooed Eugene away and then went to take a peek herself.
How clearly was Eugene thinking if he put glass in the gas line? He could have easily killed them all.
Eugene took out his first walker and then helped the group by using the water hose. He may be an asset to the group even if he isn’t a scientist, that is, of course, if he lives.
Abraham is still wearing his wedding ring. Also he has been to a goat rodeo.
Tara: “Party’s getting a little long in the back.”
Tara: “I know it’s tough and it’s scary but it’s time to be brave.”
Eugene: “It isn’t voluntary?”
Tara: “It is when you’re screwed either way. So you cut through the choice that might help somebody.”
Tara: “Maybe we can find some bikes. Bikes don’t burn.”
Abraham: “It’s gotten to the point where everybody is strong.”
Glenn: “I didn’t need to know that, but cool.”
Eugene: “It’s just that I enjoy the female form and I consider this a victimless crime that provides both comfort and distraction.”
Tara: “Welcome to the human race, asshole.”
Abraham: “There is no damned corner on this damned earth that has not been dicked hard beyond recognition.”