The Walking Dead – S5, E3: “Four Walls and a Roof”

While watching “Four Walls and a Roof,” Steve pointed out that there were Bible verses printed on wall hangings in Saint Sarah’s Episcopal Church. He nonchalantly asked me if I thought they had an significance, and then he promptly went back to crushing his candy. My husband notices really intriguing details, he just doesn’t obsess over them like I do. While I give him full credit for discovering this fascinating detail, I am the one who dug into it. Of course, specific passages highlighted in a church during a zombie apocalypse are clearly not a coincidence. The following verses are listed on a wooden, tablet-esque wall hanging that can often be seen in the background during particularly tense moments: ROM 6:4; EZ 37:7; MA 27:52; RE 9:6; LU 24:5.

I looked all of these up (shocking, I know), and when placed in this order, back-to-back, the passages read as follows:

[blockquote source=”St. Sarah’s Wall Plaque”]Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. | So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. | And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose. | And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. | And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, why seek ye the living among the dead?[/blockquote]

Placed together like this, this new über passage really sums up the current plight of the survivors. It seems to be suggesting that they need to move on. Rick and friends had the opportunity to go to DC with Abraham and Eugene, but they decide to stay behind and wait for Carol and Daryl to returnn. Are they “seek[ing] the living among the dead”? Do they all secretly (or not-so secretly) have a death wish? The obvious implication is that the verses are coming together to relate that it is the end of days. The world has ended, at least the world as everyone knew it.

The Bible stuff is fascinating, as always, but I also have to wonder about the issue with cannibalism and the zombie virus. Everyone has the virus inside of them, and last season, an inside source informed me that most viruses die when exposed to temperatures above 200ºF. Thus, if the Termites were grilling above 300º, they should be good to go with their barbeque. Does a walker bite on the individual being consumed have any impact on this? Are the Termites in any real danger from eating Bob? “Inside source” – if you’re reading this, I would appreciate your expertise on the topic of cannibalism during the end of days.

As I have made abundantly clear over the past several seasons, I have not been pleased with The Walking Dead since Frank Darabont’s departure from the show. “Four Walls and a Roof” continues along the vein of last week in that it left me excited for next week’s episode. This episode was really good. Rick chopped the shit out of Gareth with the very machete that he promised to kill him with. I want to say that old Rick is back – but this is a new Rick. He’s not quite the Ricktator, but he’s not “Stuff and Thangs” either. He has grown as a character and, dare I say it – he may actually be the leader that the group needs right now.

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