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TV Review: The Walking Dead S5E5 Self Help

walking-dead-5 photoAbraham and the group run into problems on their way to Washington, D.C.

For fans of The Walking Dead comic book, there’s some things we’ve been waiting for concerning the character Eugene. In this episode, the show drops, and the truth comes out as far as what Eugene knows. The moment is shocking for those who didn’t see it coming, and still a bit for those of us who did, but the show continues to shows off its strength. That strength is showing off the humanity in all of the chaos.

In this instance that humanity is focused on Abraham, who we get to see his past, and somewhat how he got to where he is. Through flashbacks we see Abraham’s past, especially his family, and what he had to deal with towards the beginning of the apocalypse.

Brilliantly though, the Abraham’s story is tied together with Eugene’s story, and we see what’s driving Abraham. It’s an amazing symbiotic relationship where Eugene’s misdirection is the driving force for Abraham. Whether or not he suspected the lie, Abraham needs Eugene, as that’s his motivation to keep going, as we see. It’s an amazing moment played out with subtle acting and writing, something the show isn’t given enough credit for.

The episode is an emotional one in many ways, and it’ll be interesting to see where this mission goes from here, and how Abraham’s group keeps going.

Overall rating: 8.5