‘The Walking Dead’: ‘Talking Dead’ About ‘Strangers’ [Review]

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The Walking Dead companion series, Talking Dead, returned to chat about “Strangers,” which was its second episode of the fifth season on Sunday, October 19. As usual, the AMC juggernaut series, Walking Dead, along with its companion series, Talking Dead, aired back-to-back at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. EST, respectively. Host Chris Hardwick chatted with guests including Chad Coleman, who portrays Tyreese Williams on The Walking Dead, and Matt Jones of Breaking Bad and CBS’ Mom.

Talking Dead‘s Hardwick and his guests gathered to provide a synopsis of The Walking Dead immediately following Episode 2 of Season 5 on AMC on Sunday, October 19. The second episode was entitled “Strangers” and it saw Rick’s gang reunited, as well as faced with new conflicts and dangers. While the survivalist crew have escaped from Terminus, the threat is not gone as observed at the end of the second episode of The Walking Dead. As Abraham’s group has joined Rick’s crew to fight for their survival, there are already new conflicts and strategies that have arisen.

The expanded group is headed for Washington D.C. so Dr. Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt) can put his plan for a zombie “cure” into action. Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) is determined to get him there safely, no matter what. This is nothing new for Sgt. Abraham Ford. This goal has always been his mission from the start when the viewers first encountered him in season 4. However, there may be more to it than his training or military duty. One must wonder if he has family or loved ones hidden away somewhere that drives him to achieve this goal for a cure.

It was wonderful seeing Daryl and Carol reunited and interacting together again. The characters of Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Carol (Melissa McBride) have such a terrific and easy chemistry together, as do the actors who portray them. While Carol’s return to the group was embraced by some, she was not welcomed by everyone and nearly decided to leave, but Daryl was not going to let that happen again. However, just before they were ready to go back to the crew after finding a new vehicle, Daryl spotted the same car used to abduct Beth. Daryl and Carol jumped into their new car and sped away in search of the young crooner.

Additional “Strangers” plot points discussed by Talking Dead‘s Hardwick and his guests involved the Episode 2 introduction of Father Gabriel Stokes (Seth Gilliam) and the re-appearance of Gareth (Andrew J. West) and the surviving members of the Terminus gang. Father Gabriel is a man with secrets and something to hide. Rick’s mistrust of the clergyman is warranted. There is definitely something amiss there, and the fact that he has managed to avoid the walkers up until now does not ring true. As for the Terminus gang, it was too good to be true that they would simply disappear from the canvas. Those final sequences in The Walking Dead season 5 premiere strongly indicated that Terminus would rise again.

Speaking of ending sequences, it appears The Walking Dead has found its new Hershel in the form of former medic Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.), who had his leg amputated and consumed by the cannibalistic Terminus gang.

Once again, Talking Dead offered its interactive component, in which Hardwick attempted to get answers for the viewers’ questions, conducted live polls, and held Q&A sessions with the guests and live studio audience. Following the events that occurred in Episode 2, this element proved to be very entertaining and seemed to be enjoyed by all the parties involved.

On Sunday, October 19, Talking Dead returned once again right along with The Walking Dead as both series aired their second episodes of the new season on AMC. Talking Dead returned to chat about “Strangers,” which was Episode 2 of Season 5 for the mega-hit cable series. Host Chris Hardwick welcomed guests including Chad Coleman, who portrays Tyreese Williams on The Walking Dead, and actor Matt Jones of Breaking Bad fame as well as CBS’ Mom. The AMC juggernaut series and critical darling, The Walking Dead, along with its companion series, Talking Dead, broadcast new episodes back-to-back on Sundays at 9 p.m. EST and 10 p.m. EST, respectively, on AMC.

Opinion and Review By Leigh Haugh

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