It’s been three weeks since Beth’s death and fewer since Tyreese’s. No one in our group has had time to mourn. Grief takes time and on The Walking Dead, people only have time to survive. In one of the show’s quieter episodes, we see how grief, unattended, can eat you alive from the inside, turning you into a ghost (or more aptly, a zombie) of the person you once were.
Them isn’t an episode about struggle, it’s about giving up. This is the opposite of what we usually see on this show. Typically, these quiet episodes are about the fight back to who you are and the people that you love. This time, the show explores what it’s like without hope and faith, what it’s like when the only thing that you expect is more darkness. (more…)