Season 10, Episode 8, The World Before

By Thom McKee

There is an old philosophical question that most college freshman run into in their intro philosophy classes.  The question goes like this: If a tree falls down in a forest, and there is nobody around to see or hear it, does it make a sound? The question is about the nature of sound vibrations and whether they need an ear to exist. But, I have always found it to be a silly question that asssumes a little too much importance for human beings. Trees crashing in the forest do not need humans around to make a sound. As a matter of fact, all kinds of things happen without humans there and sometimes they even do make a sound.

But the question is an interesting one when it comes to our own significance as human beings

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Season 10, Episode 7, Open Your Eyes

By Thom McKee

The water has been poisoned and no one has figured it out yet… until tonight.  Earlier in the season we saw Alpha orchestrating the pollution of the river with the blood of dead walkers.  But until now, we didn’t know how it was poisoning people until Siddiq solved the mystery.  Someone switched the valve, allowing the polluted river water into the potable water supply. But the big question is, did Siddiq leave any indication that this was happening before he was choked out by Dante? (Is he dead? Unfortunately it looks like this is the case.)

While Siddiq was dealing with some serious PTSD after watching the deaths of his loved ones, including Enid and Tara, he also has been trying to figure out

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Season 10, Episode 6, Bonds

By Thom McKee

How long does it take to begin to trust people after you have been betrayed? Is it something that you can get over quickly?  Or does it take some time?  But imagine if betrayal was something that happened to you regularly. Would you ever be able to trust people?

This is something I always wonder about on The Walking Dead. In the ten seasons of the show, betrayal is something that seems to just happen every other week. In the early seasons of the show you would sometimes be surprised when someone would

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Season 10, Episode 5, What It Always Is

By Thom McKee

Every parent has that moment when they have to explain to their children where they came from. If you are not a parent, you might remember when it happened to you. This is the moment when you explain some parts of your past that are very different from your children’s present.

Just this last year, my wife’s grandfather passed away. He was a fascinating man who had been a pilot in World War II and he flew in Viet Nam. He was one of the few pilots who went from

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Season 10, Episode 4, Silence the Whisperers

By Thom McKee

Have you ever tried to forget about your past? Usually, you don’t want to be reminded of something unwise or embarrassing that you did. But sometimes we don’t want to be reminded of our past because, our past seems better than our present…  Or maybe our perceived future.

Tonight on the Walkind Dead, we realize that some people in the zombie apocalypse have good memories of the not so distant past.  Most of our characters’ memories are full of pain and loss. But in the case of Ezekiel, this is just not the case.

Ezekiel used to be a zookeeper, but when the dead started walking, he became a

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Season 10, Episode 3, Ghosts

By Thom McKee

Have you ever had something happen so traumatic that you can’t sleep? Maybe you made a mistake, or you found out someone you care about is hurting.  Or even worse, maybe you have lost someone you love.

Whenever something difficult has happened in my life, I try my hardest to stay busy, because it is usually the times when you stop and think when you are reminded of your trauma.  But unfortunately, we all have to sleep, and that is usually the time when you can’t avoid thinking about what you don’t want to think about. So you usually

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Season 10, Episode 2, We Are The End of the World

By Thom McKee

Have you ever discovered that an authority figure in your life doesn’t practice what they preach? Essentially they are saying to you, “do what I say, not what I do.”  Maybe it is a teacher or a pastor.  Or maybe even a close family member.  Any way you look at it, it becomes really hard to respect that type of leader.

This week on The Walking Dead, we find out that Alpha is that type of leader

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Season 10, Episode 1, Lines We Cross

By Thom McKee

Have you ever felt like your life just no longer has purpose or meaning?

Maybe you have a job that you hate. Or maybe you are having a difficult time in a friendship, relationship or marriage. Perhaps you just have a hard time finding a reason to get out of bed in the morning. 

This week on The Walking Dead, it seems like many of the characters are struggling with finding purpose in life (I might even argue that the writers of The Walking Dead might be struggling with finding purpose for the show). Despite the awesome training sequence at the beginning of the show, most of the season ten pilot was about

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Season 9, Episode 16, The Storm

By Thom McKee

Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like you lost all hope? Or worse, have you ever felt like life would be easier for everyone else if you just weren’t around anymore? These are the situations in life where we need wise people around us to give us perspective. Hopefully, when we feel this way we are surrounded by the right people, because let’s face it, we all need hope. And sometimes hope just seems so far away.

Tonight, Lydia is feeling extremely hopeless. She feels responsible for the deaths of so many of her new friends, including Henry, the first person who has really shown her love in a long time (if ever). She is also feeling guilty for

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Season 9, Episode 15, The Calm Before

By Thom McKee

Have you ever been confronted about something, by someone who is guilty of the same thing? My guess is that most of you have had this happen to you. Often the person who accuses you of something, may actually struggle with that very same thing, and they don’t even realize it.  Or even worse, they may know that they struggle with the same thing, they just don’t know that others realize it.  In psychology that is called “projection” and I have seen my share of it in life.  It is also extremely frustrating, especially if there is some truth to what they are saying

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