The Gospel According to the Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 1

walking-dead-season-4-1The last few months the world waited in anticipation for October 13th, not cheap jerseys to see if the Broncos or the Chiefs could stay undefeated… but to see how a small group of survivors would survive out on their own surrounded by the walking dead.

The fan base of The Walking Dead has expanded way beyond a handful of comic book geeks. In fact, the Season 4 Premiere of The Walking Dead garnered more viewers than any other show this year in the 18-49 age bracket, with 16.1 million total viewers. Not only is this a few million more viewers than the already wholesale mlb jerseys impressive Season 3 finale, but the Season 4 premiere was actually “the most-watched show in the demo on any channel, broadcast or cable, this fall, and that includes sports. Not even an NFL game has drawn more 18-49 viewers this season.”

The episode introduced some key plot points to the popular series:

    • The group of survivors now has a council that meets and governs
    • They’ve began farming, trying to provide some of their own Man food
    • They’ve allowed more people into their little prison community

And the most intriguing element:

    • They now ask “three questions” of people who seek to become part of their community

We’re introduced to the “three questions” in the season premier as Rick encounters Clara, a woman in the woods. Clara begs for help for her and her husband. Rick explains that their group has an interview process, a “litmus test,” if you will, which helps the group ascertain if someone can join their little community. It isn’t until near the end of the episode where we hear the three questions:

    • How many walkers cheap jerseys have you killed?
    • How many people have you killed?
    • Why?

In The Talking Dead, the In talk show immediately following The Walking Dead, Chris Hardwick interviewed actor Andrew Lincoln (who plays Rick) about these three questions. Lincoln elaborates:

“We ask these (questions) and if they give any answer we think is suspect, or the way they answer it is suspect, then they don’t come back. So it’s basically just a buffer, a first shield, and then its’ a matter of proving yourself. But we had to make some judgment calls… it shows the evolution of the morals in the show.”

The three questions were the brainchild of Scott Gimple, executive producer of the show, wanting to show the transformation of the values of the characters. Rick, for example, didn’t want to let any people in until the end of Season 3. So these three questions show the group’s attempt at showing compassion in a chaotic world.

This show excels at presenting situations like this, provoking discussions about morality.

Here are some questions cheap nfl jerseys you can use to help you discuss the moral issues Season 4, Episode 1 brought up this week:

(Note, I’ll always start with lighter questions, then get deeper.)


  1. Who is your favorite character now that Season 4 has began? Why?
  2. What advancements have been made in this ECO little community since the end of Season 3? What advancements would you want to see?
  3. What weaknesses do you think exist in their community?
  4. How do these “three questions” help them evaluate prospects for their community? What does each question reveal?
  5. What change do you see in the group’s “moral compass” this season compared to last season?
  6. Describe a time when you wanted to reach out to someone, but you didn’t, in fear of your family’s or your own safety? How do we know what is right in these situations?
  7. Where do specifically go for answers?Zombie-Guide-BLOG


About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen's Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, and You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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