“Remember” is the twelfth episode in season five and this one sees the group entering the Alexandria Safe Zone (ASZ).
This is such a great episode because it is so different from all the other episodes previous.
Since season one there’s just been one bad thing after another with the group losing people and losing supposed safe havens. Then they find Alexandria.
The group (and I think all viewers) know the Safe Zone isn’t going to last, but at that moment it was such a nice change of pace from everything we’d seen before. It was calm and quiet and there was no worry of walkers getting them while they slept. Though, that wasn’t necessarily a good thing for the group.
What this episode does the best is show how each character deals with suddenly being in a safe environment.
Carl struggles to adapt to suddenly being able to be a kid again while Michonne is excited and wants to give the place a chance. Rick is still constantly looking over his shoulder and doesn’t believe the place is possible. Daryl probably struggles the most to fit in and refuses to shower, while Carol, being as brilliant as she is, immediately puts on an act of being totaly helpless and weak. Why? Because she doesn’t trust the place either and wants to be prepared for anything and knows the element of surprise will help that.
One of the things I find The Walking Dead always does is that it makes you wonder how you would act in that situation. I imagine none of us will ever find ourselves in a zombie apocalypse, but many people probably have been in a situation before where they deal with awful things every day and then suddenly things turn around and are great and they don’t know how to deal with it.
Would you adapt easily to the new situation? Would you struggle to fit in and figure things out? Would you pretend you’ve adapted, but really are ready to run or fight at any moment? Whether in a world of zombies or not, this episode makes you think and question what you would do.
This episode is also the first of five episodes to be named in reference to The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner which, as many fans realized, is the book Dale references and quotes back in season one.
What did you think of “Remember”?