The Walking Dead presented a strangers in the night theme with a new offering entitled “Strangers,” which was Episode 2 of Season 5 on Sunday, October 19. As usual, the AMC mega hit series provided much entertainment and suspense for viewers, as well as introduced the audience to new characters and provided more backstory for others already on the canvas.
“Strangers” saw Rick’s gang reunited (for the most part), and as Abraham’s group has joined Rick’s crew to fight for their survival, there are already new conflicts, strategies, and dangers that have arisen. While the crew may have escaped from Terminus, the dangers of the post-apocalyptic world are not gone as observed at the end of the second episode of The Walking Dead.
As the new episode presented a strangers in the night theme, the expanded group is headed for Washington D.C. to implement Eugene’s plan to eradicate the zombie virus and rid the world of walkers. Sgt. Abraham Ford, who is played by Michael Cudlitz, is determined to get Dr. Eugene Porter, who is portrayed by Josh McDermitt, to his destination safely. This mission has been Abraham’s goal all along since viewers first encountered him in season 4. However, is it all about duty or is there more to the story? Could Abraham have a much bigger stake in a cure than anyone is aware?
Major additional plot developments presented in “Strangers” included the Episode 2 introduction of Father Gabriel Stokes, who is portrayed by actor Seth Gilliam, as well as the re-emergence of Gareth (Andrew J. West) and the surviving members of the Terminus gang. Without a doubt, Father Gabriel is a tortured soul with secrets and something to hide. Rick’s mistrust of the clergyman and concern about imminent danger is warranted. As for the Terminus gang, it was too good to be true that The Walking Dead‘s own Donner Party would simply disappear from the canvas. Those final sequences in The Walking Dead season 5 premiere strongly foreshadowed that Terminus would be back.
Some highlights of the “Strangers” episode included seeing Daryl and Carol reunited and interacting together again. The characters of Daryl, who is played by Norman Reedus, and Carol, who is portrayed by Melissa McBride, have such phenomenal chemistry together, as do the actors who portray them. While Carol’s return was a blessing to some, she was not feeling the love from everyone and nearly decided to leave, but Daryl was determined for Carol to stay with the group. As evidenced by the Daryl-Carol reunion in the woods, he missed her so much and wanted “his family” back together.
Speaking of lost members, while searching for a new vehicle with Carol, Daryl spotted the same car that spirited away Beth. Daryl and Carol pursued the vehicle in search of their missing crew member. Meanwhile, Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Tara (Alanna Masterson) had a heart-to-heart and cleared the air about Hershel (Scott Wilson) and the showdown at the prison with The Governor (David Morrissey). Tara wanted Maggie to know she never intended to be part of Hershel’s death or The Governor’s sadistic plans. Maggie forgave her and they proceeded to hug it out. There was also an exchange between Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) where they discussed Andrea (Laurie Holden).
This review cannot be concluded without mentioning the ending sequences, which brought the strangers in the night theme full circle. Throughout the episode, Rick’s crew was being watched and the audience was lead to believe that it might have been Father Gabriel as the voyeur. However, it now appears that it was the Terminus gang after all and The Walking Dead has found its Hershel 2.0 in Bob Stookey, who is played by Lawrence Gilliard Jr., who had his leg chopped off and devoured by the sadistic gang.
On Sunday, October 19, The Walking Dead presented a strangers in the night theme with a new offering entitled “Strangers,” which was Episode 2 of Season 5 for the mega-hit cable series. As usual, the cult phenomenon drama provided much entertainment and suspense for viewers, as well as introduced the audience to new characters and provided more backstory for others already on the canvas. The critically acclaimed and widely lauded series, The Walking Dead, broadcast new episodes on Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on AMC.
Opinion and Review By Leigh Haugh
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