The Walking Dead Strangers: Bob and Food for Thought

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After watching The Walking Dead: Strangers episode last night and then re-watching, as it was recorded on DVR, there was something about Bob and the one-sided conversation he was having with Gareth that provided something more than chills as the Terminus survivors nibbled on Stookey’s leg, pardon the pun, but the whole interaction provided a bit of food for thought. Of course there were many questions that needed answering by the end of this episode of The Walking Dead.

Where was Morgan, being the biggest and most urgent since he turned up last week at the very tail end of No Sanctuary looking pretty cool unlike the last time viewers saw the man in The Walking Dead. In true TWD fashion, Morgan was not alluded to once in last night’s episode. Other mysteries, over and above the one dealing with Father Gabriel Stokes and just how much his character in the TV show will be like the one in the comics, still remain unsolved.

For instance, who was in that kidnap car, the one that Daryl saw speeding off when Beth went missing outside the funeral home and the same one that Dixon spied speeding away in Strangers. Looking back at the Beth kidnap episode from last season that particular scenario felt like a precursor to the whole Gabriel set up last night. Of course the inclusion of the cowardly man of the cloth from the comic books does feel like Scott Gimple and co are leaving the door wide open for more characters from The Walking Dead comic verse to make the transition from page to screen. Negan, the Saviours, the Hunters, et al could all be showing up over the remainder of season five. Before even thinking about introducing characters, however, one should take the time to look at Bob Stookey after the interaction between the now one legged man and Gareth, a little chat that should have given viewers a little food for thought.

Just look at how Bob was taken. Why was the man standing with his head pressed into a tree, one with an odd sign carved into its bark, and crying? Why was he not inside spending time with Sasha and clamoring for more kisses? What was he so upset about? Are the clues in the little talk he has with Gareth? When Stookey wakes up, the Terminus leader is telling Bob about how they evolved into cannibals and then devolved into hunters. He also references a previous conversation that he presumably had with the man where he told him “You can’t go back, Bob.” This implies that Gareth knew Bob before.

Not just before as in Lucy, Glenn, Eugene, Abraham, et al being captured before, but sometime in the past before Stookey became a part of Rick’s survivors. While that is certainly a lot of “befores” to take into consideration, think about this…Gareth says, with not a little personal satisfaction, that, “Yeah, it was you who put us into this situation,” and it is almost “cosmic justice,” as he puts it, that it was Bob that got knocked in the head and had his leg eaten.

Not being overly familiar with Bob Stookey’s character in comic verse of The Walking Dead, it sounds like, in Strangers, the man was a member of Terminus before and that while Gareth and his little group of cannibal survivors are using Bob’s leg for food, the thought does come up about what would have happened if Carol had not started the ball rolling for escape. The very personal nature of Gareth’s talk with Stookey, he knows his name for starters, and the gibe about tasting much better than “we thought you would,” implies a personal relationship of sorts. In The Walking Dead TV version, it definitely seems like Bob, Gareth and Terminus have history together. How the rest of the group will take this news remains to be seen and Rick’s survivors in the show may not be too over eager to save Stookey’s “bacon” in The Walking Dead if that is the case.

By Michael Smith

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25 Responses to "The Walking Dead Strangers: Bob and Food for Thought"

  1. shandra   October 23, 2014 at 7:03 am

    The author is clearly not paying attention to the subject of the article. If you watched the show other than read someone’s synopsis, you would know Gareth’s campfire speech is directed to the begging Bob did over the trough. You are reaching way too far. What you should focus on is the ‘cosmic justice’ and Bob knowing they are eating tainted meat.

  2. Harry Houdini   October 22, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I believe that Bob was bitten. When he stepped out to the tree, it was to kill himself. He has tried that in the past. Even the manner in which he kissed the girl came across to me as if it was the last kiss he would be giving her. My theory is that Bob was part of the Terminus group. He either left them at one point or went out to find new people to bring back. His drinking was out of guilt for what he was doing or had done.

  3. Waly   October 22, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    This a direct mirror of the comic story line. In the comic Dale was bitten and went to wander off and die. And what Rick and his group did to The Hunters in the comic. Well that maybe to graphic for even cable TV.

  4. KD   October 22, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    This poor author is just overthinking some things and not paying attention to others…

    Bob was part of the group that entered Terminus through the front door. They likely introduced themselves, etc. before being herded into the train car. That is why Gareth knew his name at the trough. And “we can’t go back” is a direct reference to what Bob has said at said trough, “We can put the world back…”

    I also think it seemed really clear that Bob got bit by the basement walker and went outside to kill himself.

  5. Tanner   October 22, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Go back and watch No sanctuary, “we cant go back” is a quote from the first episode. Bob has no history with terminus its simply that. The reason Bob was outside, was well it appeared he was drunk. As far as crying he was a struggling alchoholic. And im sure he still has that hidden fear of losing everyone and being by himself. This was a main conponent of bobs character in season 4. So that fear comes to the surface even more graver considering he is now romantically involved with someone in the group. We saw Bob as a wanderer a man who had seen the fall of two groups. Thats his history and im sure thats all itll be.

    Btw did anyone peep the man in the hoodie was the man tyrese “supposably” killed in the cabin?

    • Ben   October 22, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      I really like your idea about why he was outside while everybody was together. My original thought was that he actually did get bitten in the basement. My reasoning being how optimistic he was from the beginning of the episode, to closer in the end when he seemed to have given up. I was under the impression that he didn’t want to risk the group or tell Sasha he was dying, so he went outside to kill himself before he turned.

  6. leon   October 22, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Well aether they have history or not…. Gareth and his crew are dead!!!!!! Why did Bob go outside and breakdown…… He was bitten… so he’s tainted!!!!!

  7. Tony Franco (@AnthonyJ40)   October 22, 2014 at 10:16 am

    I think Bob cried because he was bit. I don’t think he knew the Hunters before, I think he met the the first time when they were abducted. I read some thoughts that Bob was part of that raping group that made Gareth and company go crazy and turn Terminus into a killing ground. If Bob knew them from Terminus before, he would be well aware of who they were and wouldn’t have let the group he was with go there.

  8. Tracy Barnes   October 22, 2014 at 9:30 am

    To ChrisTheBruce: You need to re-watch both episodes. Because in No Sanctuary, Gareth does call him by his name “you can’t go back Bob” is what Gareth said. But when I heard Gareth say “Bob” I took it as him being sarcastic, because “Bob” is used sometimes as a general sarcastic term.

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