Entertaining Peery: The Walking Dead, “Better Angels”

March 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

Get ready to pull the trigger for the group, son.

AMC’s The Walking Dead episode “Better Angels” could not have been better titled.

It is in reference to the Abraham Lincoln speech:

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

This speech was directed at the Secessionists prior to the Civil War. Now Rick, like Lincoln and the splintering Union, does not wish for the group to so become so fractured. Rick has pleaded and pleaded with Shane to just accept his lead, but the differences are just far too gone.

I also now, in hindsight, I think I see some John Brown ties in Dale now: dying for his plea against barbarity, since the show has brought up Civil War references. Also like the Civil War, children (Carl) will take up arms and defend their side.

Just as Lincoln spilled the blood of countrymen for the good of the Union, Rick has to end the group’s civil war with the spilt blood of his friend Shane.

The episode wraps the season nicely, setting up a finale that looks to be, as my film colleague Rob Phillips suggests, a nod Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, boarded up farmhouse and all.

I am sorry to see the season end, but I am looking forward to the finale.

By Josh Peery


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