This is why The Walking Dead fans will be the last ones standing when the real zombie apocalypse starts — we’re already tackling the tough questions, like are you safer staying at a set location or keeping mobile on the road?
Everyone keeps wanting to find shelter on the AMC show, especially in the second half of Season 4. Only Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) and Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) still talk about finding each other, everyone else is more focused on finding a stable place "to be," as Beth Greene (Emily Kinney) put it. Now that the prison is gone, and that house Team Richonne found ended up "claimed," everyone seems to be on the path to this Terminus sanctuary.
TheWalkingDead.com talked to comic book writer/executive producer Robert Kirkman after Episode 11’s "Claimed," saying in both the print and TV mediums, characters seem to think you're safe when you're settled and you're in danger on the road. But, the site argued, being settled could make you a target. They asked RK if anyone is really safer settled or if it's better to stay on the move.
"That’s actually something that gets discussed in the comic book series at a certain point," RK answered, "so I wouldn’t want to spoil anything, but it is certainly beginning to look like being mobile is a good way to avoid being boxed in or avoid drawing attention to yourself. That very well may come into play in the series very soon."
Did he mean the TV series or comic series — or both? At some point soon, the TV show is going to have to answer the question "What is Terminus?" — a trap, a legit place to hole up, or something else?
In the comic books (mild spoilers ahead!), Rick Grimes’ (Andrew Lincoln) group hits the road for Washington, D.C. and eventually gets to the Alexandria Safe-Zone, which is surrounded by other survivor communities. Not all survivors are very nice, and the comic book series is currently engaged in a storyline called "All Out War." That's way down the pike in terms of where Season 4 is in the story, but it's a reminder that "sanctuary" — even if it isn't a trap — may not be the answer forever. Look what happened at the farm, and the prison. Heck, the prison was the worst place to be in the first half of Season 4 since it was a deadly flu trap. They should’ve just let The Governor have the place and hoped he died from the “glorified cold.”
Now that we're about a year and a half into the zombie apocalypse, the survivors out there will be tough and willing to fight for safety and security — especially in a world that still has at least some pudding left. That's only going to make things tougher as we move forward.
So what would you do in this situation? Would you try to find a new “home” — and fight for it, if need be — or keep moving?
The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.