Season 10, Episode 15, The Tower

By Thom McKee

Usually, it is very hard to relate to most of the things characters in The Walking Dead are going through. And let’s face it, the world of the Walking Dead is so different than our world, that this is half of the fun – we get to imagine how we would react to these very foreign experiences that we see on the show. How would we survive this type of apocalypse? Who would we group with? And probably, most importantly for those of us who are Christians, what would our faith look like in this type of world?

This is exactly what my brother Jonathan writes about in his book The Zombie Apocalypse Guide for Teenagers. (If you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend it, especially for those who are fans of TWD. In his book, he examines how Christians might react in a world where the dead walk the earth.)

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Season 10, Episode 14, Look at the Flowers

By Thom McKee

If you are reading this at the time I am writing this, in March of 2020, you are undoubtedly thinking about how the world has changed in the last month. Most of us are under “shelter in place” orders and, unless we have a job that is considered necessary, we are sitting at home thinking about how the future is never going to be exactly the same.

One of the first things that we noticed several weeks ago, was that celebrities were affected by this disease as well as the common people.  Tom Hanks, Idris Ilba, senator Rand Paul and even the prime minister of England have it right now. While I am sure that this is

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Season 10, Episode 13, What We Become

By Thom McKee

Have you ever wondered what life would look like if you made different choices in the past? What if you hadn’t chosen the job or school that you are in?  What if you hadn’t chosen to become friends with the people who are closest to you? What if you hadn’t made the bad choices you made in the past? Or worse, what if you hadn’t made the good choices from your past?  What would your life be like now?

Tonight on The Walking Dead, Michonne gets to ponder these things.  What if she hadn’t saved Andrea (and later went back to her corpse to steal her knife)? What if she

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Season 10, Episode 12, Walk With Us

By Thom McKee

There is an old saying that says you have to be very careful when you come across someone who has nothing to lose. And let’s face it, the saying is actually very true. People who have nothing to lose are far more likely to cross people when offended and they are equally hard to keep in line if it is your job to do so. 

Why?

Because people who have nothing to lose are numb to the world and it’s authorities. And consequently, they are more likely to defend themselves or attack when they are provoked. This is probably because consequences are generally irrelevant to this type of person.

So far, we have met a lot of people on The Walking Dead with nothing to lose. But I don’t think that we have ever met anyone who personifies this old saying like Negan does.

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Season 10, Episode 11, Morning Star

By Thom McKee

It seems like every day on the Walking Dead should be treated like it is the last day in the world. But even in their universe, some days are just worse than others. And the day that they were all facing on tonight’s episode was just one of those where clearly, not everyone in Hilltop was going to see the next sunrise.

So during this episode, which ended with the beginnings of “all-out-war” with the whisperers, our characters spent a lot of time getting their affairs in order.  Eugene set a date with the girl who, may or not be who she said she was on the radio. Rosita and Eugene also seemed to clear up any misunderstandings about their relationship.  Carol made up (as much as she could) with Daryl and had a meaningful conversation with Lydia.

But probably the most telling clue that things weren’t well, was what happened between

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Season 10, Episode 10, Stalker

By Thom McKee

I remember during season one of The Walking Dead thinking to myself, when are the people going to become the bad guys?  At that time, the walkers were pretty much the only antagonists and it wasn’t really until the governor appeared in season three where a group of people became a major adversary for Rick and his group. But since the third season we have watched the walkers’ actions take a back seat to the horrible things that people did to each other.

Consequently, in almost every season since, many characters have had to choose sides in major conflicts between people groups. Also, we have seen the different groups evolve and join together in partnerships and factions. But over the years, the main narrative for the show has been to

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Season 10, Episode 9, Squeeze

By Thom McKee

A little over a year ago I went to Israel for the first time. If you haven’t been, I can’t urge you enough to go to the land where Abraham, Moses, Elijah, Jesus and the Apostle Paul lived. Just being in the place where the apostles, prophets and our Lord lived, served and preached will change your life. There is just something awesome about visiting a place that connects you to its history.

One of my favorite memories of that trip was the half mile journey through Hezekiah’s tunnel.  Sometimes called the Siloam tunnel because it dumps fresh water into the pool of Siloam, it is a tiny tunnel built in the eastern side of Jerusalem in the late 8th century BCE. It was built in order to

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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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