Season 5 has been an interesting journey into the world of The Walking Dead on TV. For the first time our rag-tag group of survivors have found a bit of utopia in the dystopic world they live in. They have found Alexandria- a beautiful community of elegant homes in manicured landscaping with electricity and hot water and food, safely tucked behind an ominous wall.
But as the strange “man of God” Gabriel says in last week’s episode “Satan disguises himself as an angel of light”. There is an evil lurking in this shiny world. The most dangerous form of evil is to deny its existence. The people of Alexandria are under the mistaken impression that the only evil is the walkers outside the protective walls of their community.
They don’t believe that there could be any evil among the survivors so they do not allow anyone to be armed within the walls of the community. They have rules and those that will not abide by the rules are exiled into the world of walkers outside the walls.
“The rules” do not allow for self-sacrifice or heroics to save and protect one another but there is a survival of the fittest creed that they appear to hold to. Relationships among the Alexandrites seem to be shallow and forced and for the most part they isolate into their shiny granite-countered, stainless steel homes.
But they forget “the evil that men do.” I wrote in a previous blog how the anarchic world of The Walking Dead appeals to the mostly millennial and Gen-X audience who want a world without a controlling government.
As the series shows over and over the real evil is the evil perpetrated by the human beings not the living dead. Anarchy cannot protect mankind from itself. The selfish nature of the people of Alexandria is shown in the refusal to protect Francine from the Walkers on the constructions site and Nicholas’ every man for himself attitude on supply runs. We are also privy to some physical abuse that is going on in Jessy and Dr. Pete’s home. The greatest evil is, that Deanna the leader of Alexandria refuses to take action against Dr. Pete because his surgical skills are needed by the community.
Could it be that another more horrible evil is being perpetrated outside the walls by humans as well? The naked woman tied to a tree to be fed on by walkers had to be the doings of the living not the walking dead.
It must be remembered that the Good Book says “No one is righteous— not even one. 11 No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. 12 All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.” 13 “Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with lies.” “Snake venom drips from their lips.” 14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” 15 “They rush to commit murder. 16 Destruction and misery always follow them. 17 They don’t know where to find peace.” 18 “They have no fear of God at all.” Romans 3:10-18
This is true of mankind in the real world as much as the fictional world of “The Dead” even if Gabriel tears the pages out of the Bible.