The second episode of The Walking Dead’s fifth season on AMC has gotten off to a great start, with the second episode entitled, ‘Strangers’ allowing Rick’s group a respite to gather their energy while the viewer and fan gets to take in some great character development.
‘Strangers’ introduces Father Gabriel into Robert Kirkman’s universe, while also keeping true in many respects to the comic series itself. In essence this second episode takes us squarely into the ‘Hunters’ story arch from the Image Comics story line.
While we did not have Terminus in the pages of The Walking Dead comic series, we did indeed have those cannibalistic hunters praying on Rick’s group while they were visiting with the good preacher Father Gabriel. The only big difference is that we see Bob as Gareth’s dinner instead of Dale, who was on the menu in the comic.
What will be the same I am willing to bet is that Bob, much like Dale, has been bitten by a zombie, in Bob’s case by the food pantry zombie; and in the next episode the Hunters should find out that like Bob, they may very well now be infected.
I must say however that I enjoyed seeing Bob kissing Sasha and the two of them becoming a couple and it was at that moment I should have remembered that I was watching Kirkman’s Walking Dead, because our beloved characters are simply not allowed to have a good life anymore full of those happy moments we all take for granted. So very soon, we may all be saying goodbye to Bob, who I thought was a great addition to the group.
We also see that the group will soon be traveling to Washington in order to allow Eugene to save the world, which he may very well be lying about to everyone else as he was lying about it in the comic series.
Likewise, everyone is just a little cautious of Father Gabriel and we will soon find out that it is because he never opened his doors to his congregation, letting them instead be slaughtered and devoured outside of his holy sanctuary while he hid within the safety of the now tainted church.
And did we also see a hint at a reunification with Beth Green right after Daryl interrupted Carol from slipping away by herself in the middle of the night? Time will tell and if the AMC zombie series continues as has been promised to somewhat follow the comic series more closely this season we are all in for one hell of a ride!
Written by: Tye Bourdony
Tye Bourdony is a Sci Fi cartoonist and creator of ‘The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi’, as well as a science fiction reporter and the U.S. based content editor for Sci Fi Pulse. Tye is a graduate of the Barry University School of Law, SUNY Purchase and H.S. of Music & Art, and he currently works in Florida’s 9th Circuit as the Staff Family Mediator. Tye also serves on the Board of the Legal Aid Society of Osceola County and also has a regular self-published column in Sci Fi Magazine and you can visit Tye on Facebook as well as at www.thelightersideofscifi.com. You can also send him your thoughts and story/article ideas to TBourdony@scifipulse.net.