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Reflecting on: The Walking Dead

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It’s only been a week since season 3 ended, and I’m already having withdrawals.

…Not that I overly enjoyed season 3. Many conversations with friends were spent griping about plot lines, poor character development, and just Andrea in general. But despite its flaws The Walking Dead remains my favorite television show. It is the only show I make sure I watch every night it airs, and only one of two TV shows I watch weekly that is not sports related. (The other being Duck Dynasty. I cannot get enough of that family…)

Season 3 began with our favorite zombie killing group stumbling upon a prison outside of Atlanta, Georgia. They cleared a section of the prison of zombies and made this safe haven their home. Throughout the first few episodes A LOT, and I mean a lot, of action happened. Their was great character growth. Zombies were being killed. People were being killed. A lot of tough moral decisions were being made. Fans were being pleased. Herschel, our once religious father figure veterinarian, became a one-legged, do what is necessary fierce fan favorite. Michionne, the silent warrior, was introduced. Daryl continued being Daryl, a regular shoot ’em the face with your crossbow pro.Our villainous Governor took center stage for main creeper.  And Lori died. All was well.

Then the show slid hard. We spent 3 episodes whose main plot lines were that Rick is friggin’ crazy now and is losing his mind. Another consistent(ly boring) back story was having Andrea trying to decide where her loyalties lie; with the group at the prison, or her new lover, The Governor. Random “fights” between The Governor and our prison group take place, and no resolution is every truly reached in these battles besides many meaningless characters are killed off and Season 4 is coming and Woodbury is finally moving on without its leader. Gah! So much potential!

A friend of mine was telling me that my perception would be much different if I wasn’t watching the episodes one at a time, but rather had the opportunity already to view them on dvd (blu ray strictly for me), without interruption. His point being that the story would flow much better as it progressed and would entertain more than bore.

But therein lies part of the problem… this is a TV show, not a movie or web series. It’s going to be viewed by millions and millions of people one episode per week. Keep us wanting to come back, The Walking Dead! Keep us tantalized with Michionne beheading zombies. With a Daryl/Rick zombie WWE tag team match. With a group loose cannon who is always pushing peoples’ buttons *cough cough- Shane and Merle- *cough cough.

Season 4 does have some things to look forward to though. The main thing being a new showrunner is being introduced. Scott Gimple, who wrote the three episodes “Pretty Much Dead Already”, “Hounded”, and “Clear”, is hailed as an excellent replacement for Glen Mazzara, who had run his stay into the ground. Also, it’s been reported that the character of The Governor will get much more evil, the walkers will be a factor again (finally…), and of course, it’s being promoted as the best season yet.

The season 3 “finale” (if you can truly call it that) left our group taking in the women, children, and elderly from the abandoned Woodbury. Carl is questioning his father’s methods and is not allowing himself to be weak or soft and just committed his first murder in this post-apocalyptic world. Andrea, oh so ironically, got to off herself after being bitten. And Tyrese is here! Comic book fans understand…

The Walking Dead will always have a special place in my heart due to the nature of the show- zombies, moral dilemmas, and a desire for hope. A hope for a safe life. A hope for a promising future. A hope for a cure. As fans let us hope the characters do not find a permanent solution to what they’re searching for, or else The Walking Dead will just be referring to the zombies.

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It’s Amazing How You Think You Know A Person…

… and then they go and amaze you in with a senseless act of selfishness. It’s human nature but we, or at least I, still expect more. The one thing my mind always winds back up at is the idea that people just are who they are. Some people may never change from the bad habits they’ve incurred. Some people are imprisoned by the behaviors they subject themselves to, and have fallen victims to before in their lives. It’s a tough concept to remember about humanity, but when I do I feel more caring, less frustrated, and more Jesus driven.

People are just people. I am no better. We all have a history that has molded us, shaped us, and we have been formed into something, good and bad, by our past. We can grow. We are called to overcome. But more often than not, we are called to help others overcome.

Love.

Empathy.

A heart after God’s own will.

God loves us through thick and thin, we’ve got to learn to love each other through the same.

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Depression

Every night before I go to sleep I take a little, tiny pill.

It helps me. It enables me to see when I am being irrational. Chemically, it produces something within me that my body does not do as well as others’ do naturally. But it’s just a tool. Just an aid to help me grow and cope and survive normally.

We all have our issues in life. Everyone. Everywhere. No one is immune to problems. Social troubles, physical ailments, spiritual dilemmas, etc. It’s our growing beyond what limits us that proves our strength, proves our hope, proves our love for others and the power the love of other’s can do for us. Reach beyond the limited, reach out to the Limitless.

We have all sorts of mechanisms that we use to consume our lives and fix our wounds. Sports, reality TV, music, books after books, TV series (often days at a time), the opposite sex, work, drugs, video games… There is so, so much filler in our lives.

As Christians we need to work together to grow towards God. We need to strive for attaining a state of heaven on Earth. This goes beyond being missional among the poor, among the weak, among the lost… this is about loving your brother. Loving your sister. Going above and beyond for your neighbor. It is through love, and showing other’s God’s love, that we overcome our problems.

There is no problem too big for God. There is nothing He cannot and has not overcome.

We are His tools. We are His love.

Remember this as we strive to bring Heaven here and rid ourselves of pain and tears, and fill our lives with the Hope, Faith, and Love of Christ.

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