Walking Dead’s ‘Spend’ takes us to a dark place

Season five's fifteenth episode was so intense it kept me tossing and turning all night!

This week’s fifteenth episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead’s fifth season entitled, ‘Spend’ starts off with a strikingly sacrileges act as Father Gabriel tears apart a Bible he was attempting to repair, after seeing fresh strawberries left for him by a member of his seemingly new congregation. But in retrospect, this seemed to be one of the least antagonizing moments of the episode as death was indeed a jealous mistress in this latest episode of Robert Kirkman’s opus.

The episode starts off nice enough, with Daryl getting to ride his new motorcycle for the first time and Noah meeting with Reggie and agreeing to begin an apprentice-ship in order to learn how to better build and maintain the new community he seems to be falling in love with. However, the zombie apocalypse seems to have other things in mind for it survivors as Noah joins Glenn in leading a supply run to find solar replacement parts for the community’s malfunctioning power grid.

But of course Aiden’s inexperience causes a grenade on a zombie soldier’s gear to blow up, with a fight for survival beginning within the warehouse as Ayden and Tara are wounded. At the same time, we also see another team scavenging for construction materials, with Abraham and the group he is out with having to fight not only the undead, but also the cowardly practices of the community which leave its members to fend for themselves when attacked and cornered by the dead.

Glenn’s group however sees their situation get bad very fast as Aiden is ultimately impaled against a wall by the exploding grenade and is unable to be saved by Glenn and Aiden’s partner in crime, Nicholas. Aiden’s death was likewise, a very hard scene to watch as the graphic nature of Aiden getting eaten to death was quite disconcerting. One other hand however, Eugene clearly tried and succeeded in overcoming his cowardly nature and succeeded in carrying out Tara to the waiting community van.

But the saddest moment in this episode was having to not only bid farewell to Noah, but also having to watch his even more brutal and graphic death, as he was becoming quite a well-liked character. But even so, it did come with the notably more mature actions on the part of Eugene, as he stood up for his friends, with Glenn ultimately beating the group’s real coward Nicholas, who was responsible for Noah’s death.

Back at the homestead however, Carol gets a feeling that the community has an abusing husband in the form of Pete, who she believes is abusing Jessie and her son as she tells Rick that he needs to be killed. And as if that were not enough, Father Gabriel then tries to warn Deanna about the real danger posed by Rick and his survivors; telling her that she should never have let them in.

This episode was about the strength and leadership Rick’s people are adding to the community, just as it is about a world in which simply living can be a very dangerous day to day affair. But unless the people trying to survive work together and are willing to do what must be done in order to get the job done right, leaving people behind will always be the easiest answer when the question relates to how to survive the zombie apocalypse safely!

All and any of these questions and answers are about to change however as the season finale draws ever closer and we all prepare to lose more of our favorite characters, while becoming introduced to yet another unwelcome human nightmare in the form of the ‘Wolves’!

Tye Bourdony is the co-owner of scifipulse.net as well as the U.S. based content editor for Sci Fi Pulse. Tye is also a Sci Fi cartoonist and creator of ‘The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi’, a mediator, deep space traveler, and the lead interstellar reporter for the Galactic Enquirer. He is also a graduate of the Barry University School of Law, SUNY Purchase and H.S. of Music & Art. Tye currently works in Florida’s 9th Circuit as the staff Family Mediator and has a regular self-published column in Sci Fi Magazine. You can visit Tye on facebook and at www.thelightersideofscifi.com or send your thoughts and story/article ideas to [email protected]

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