ALEXANDRIA, March 7, 2015 – One thing for the “The Walking Dead” survivors that changed with apocalypse is time. There seems to be a new day, but never a specific day — it’s not Monday or Saturday. It is just morning or afternoon, day or night.
Time has stood still for the last five seasons, even as our band has moved on through one challenge after another and survived one tragic turn of the writers’ pen after another.
In episode 512 “Remember,” Deanna tells Rick he needs to decide whether his group will stay in Alexandria, saying:
“Rick, it’s 3:37pm, you’re skeptical, you have a right to be, but it’s time to decide, if you’re the one that’s doing the deciding.”
The survivors are in Alexandria, and now, after two long years, time once again matters.
Rick responds to Deanne by winding his watch to the correct time because now time matters.
A lot of talk on the various “Walking Dead” sites about time’s being the show’s eternal Easter Egg, going back to Dale Horvath, who, though killed in season one, lives on in season five.
There is the return of the walker that killed Dale, Glenn’s knowing how to fix Aaron’s RV because of a lesson given by Dale and then there is this season one quotation from Dale that has some fans wondering if Rick will die, leaving Carl as de facto group leader:
In season one, episode four Dale, speaking to Amy and Andrea, says:
I like what, uh, a father said to son when he gave him a watch that had been handed down through generations. He said, “I give you the mausoleum of all hope and desire, which will fit your individual needs no better than it did mine or my father’s before me. I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you may forget it for a moment now and then and not spend all of your breath trying to conquer it.
Amy: You are so weird.
Dale Horvath: It’s not me, it’s Faulkner. William Faulkner. Maybe my bad paraphrasing.
Norman Reedus, aka Daryl, has been the subject of much speculation, from whether he will reveal that he is gay (a story arc Reedus is very ready to take on, saying he would “rock It”), to whether he will eventually join the living in Alexandria by taking a shower, to whether he will be the next major character killed:
If they kill Daryl, it may mean the end of a very large fan base if social media threats are true. Past Dead Chatters have said, “they kill Daryl, that’s it!” (meaning they won’t watch anymore).
and if they did kill Daryl…
Reedus has been active on the interview circuit, appearing on “Entertainment Tonight” to say that someone in Alexandria is not who we think they are. “You take a bunch of wild animals, you put them in a cage, no matter what it looks like, it’s very uncomfortable,” Reedus said of Rick Grimes’ group of survivors. “I’m kind of in wild animal mode right now. I’m like, ‘Dude, I like being filthy and covered in guts and blood.'”
He added, “There’s something that’s going to happen — I can’t tell you what it is, but somebody turns out to be not what you think they are. It’s an interesting turn of events.”
Norman Reedus is telling fans to prepare for an extremely emotional “Walking Dead” season finale that will require plenty of Kleenex and that will have fans screaming at their TVs.
Whose death could cause more of an upset than Beth’s? Rick, Norman, Carol or the often predicted demise of Glenn, who has already gotten into a bit of fisticuffs with Alexandria bully Aidan.
There are three episodes left before the big season finale that will be a promised 90 minutes long. AMC has released the synopsis for its upcoming episode titled “Forget,” saying:
“As Rick and the others continue to acclimate to their new surroundings, they consider a return to normalcy.”
It’s time to become human and live once again, and this just two episodes after Rick calls the survivors “The Walking Dead” in an epic speech that foreshadows that Rick will do whatever he needs to do, whenever he needs to do it to protect his family.
“The Walking Dead” airs on AMC Sundays at 9 p.m. The season 5 finale is set to air at 9 p.m. March 29.
This week’s sneak peak – Dead Chat below – join us at 8 p.m. as we watch the repeat of “Remember.”