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Is Alexandria All It’s Cracked Up to Be? [Op-Ed]


Ryan Smith, one of the hosts of The Walking Dead Enthusiast’s podcast, weighs in with his thoughts regarding the Alexandria Safe Zone. Warning: spoilers for the most recent episode of The Walking Dead.

In this week’s episode of The Walking Dead entitled ‘The Distance’, we see Rick and the gang trying to trust Aaron in the hope they can finally find a place to settle down. Throughout the episode, we see the group traveling to what we later find out to be the community of Alexandria, or the “Alexandria Safe Zone” as we know it from the comic books. But is this town the real Alexandria Safe Zone?

It is said a couple times in the episode by Aaron that the group has to be “accepted” into the community but what we don’t hear is what they have to do in order to be accepted. Aaron presents Rick and Co. with several different pictures of the camp but without any people in the pictures as pointed out by Michonne. Originally I thought this was to hide the identities of the people of Alexandria, but now I believe they are pictures of a dummy site that the gang arrives in at the end of this week’s episode.

Furthermore, the trailer for next week’s episode seems to show an empty town. We don’t see any new characters and no evidence of people living in the area. But what about the children Rick hears when he pulls up to the gate? Those sounds could have come from several different things. The first thing that comes to mind is a sound system that could have been set up by the natives of Alexandria. This could be used for several different tests for the gang in the upcoming episode. Rick being crazy could be another option. This wouldn’t be the first time Rick as seen and heard things that aren’t there. I believe that Rick loves the idea of settling down so much that he would invent the perfect place for his daughter and son, a place where there are other children to play and interact with.

In next week’s trailer we also see the gang exploring the town, sitting around and what appears to be Carl about to fight someone or something in a lonely bedroom. Maybe it’s his teenage angst. But who knows!?! We also hear Rick talking about how he’s had to kill people and that he doesn’t know how many he has killed. He talks about how it doesn’t matter how many people he’s killed because everyone they’ve encountered has always tried to take advantage of Rick’s group. I believe this to be Rick being interviewed by someone of the town at the end of the episode. It could also just be Rick trying to justify himself to Aaron but the only way we’ll know for sure is to watch next week’s episode entitled ‘Remember.’

What do you think? Do you think Rick and the gang have finally reached their safe haven? Or do you agree with me that something seems “fishy.” This wouldn’t be the first time that the producers have veered away from the comics, so who is to say that Alexandria has to be exactly like its comic counterpart. Sound off with your thoughts below!

Ryan Smith