Episode five of The Walking Dead’s fifth season, ‘Self Help’, was a return to the regular apocalyptic zombie greatness that I and the rest of all Walking Dead fans have come to know, love and expect from Robert Kirkman and the folks over at AMC.
This episode was just as much about Abraham as played by, Michael Cudlitz, as it was about Eugene as played by Josh McDermitt. The big surprise in this episode revolves around Eugene as he finally reveals just how full of zombie crap he really is, with the splintered survivors lead by Abraham and Glenn stopping at nothing to reach Washington.
This episode was full of zombie action, just as much as it was filled with in depth and captivating character development. ‘Self Help’ does a great job of helping each Walking Dead aficionado understand exactly what it is that drives Abraham and the mission. When Eugene screams out that he isn’t a real scientist however, Abraham realizes that there never was a mission as he is taken back to the day he lost his family and saved Eugene. It seems that Abraham’s sense of self and desire to continue living was only to complete the mission given to a soldier who had nothing to live for after his family had been raped by his neighbors and then torn apart by the dead.
What I am continuing to enjoy by this fifth season of the Walking Dead is just how much they are indeed keeping with the comic. Abraham’s back story is almost exactly as it was described in the ongoing series, along with Eugene’s tendency to watch as Abraham and Rosita, as portrayed by Christian Serratos, find time to make love in the apocalypse.
But just as it seems that the mission is lost due to the fact that Eugene does not possess a classified solution to stopping the dead from rising, let me assure you that the mission will indeed continue on to Washington. Rick and the rest of our favorite zombie survivors will get themselves back on the road and join Abraham’s rag tag platoon of fighters just in time to reach Washington together.
So sit back and enjoy the last few remaining episodes of the first part of this season and get ready for a new chapter to begin in the lives of Rick and his people; the real Walking Dead.
Written by: Tye Bourdony
Tye Bourdony is a Sci Fi cartoonist and creator of ‘The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi’, as well as a science fiction reporter and the U.S. based content editor for Sci Fi Pulse. Tye is a graduate of the Barry University School of Law, SUNY Purchase and H.S. of Music & Art, and he currently works in Florida’s 9th Circuit as the Staff Family Mediator. Tye also serves on the Board of the Legal Aid Society of Osceola County and also has a regular self-published column in Sci Fi Magazine and you can visit Tye on Facebook as well as at www.thelightersideofscifi.com. You can also send him your thoughts and story/article ideas to [email protected].