Take out the commercials and that's about right. At one break, we counted NINE commercials!
That's what happens when each 30 second spot commands a price of $400k. It's the most of any scripted series on TV. That said, the actual length of the episode is 40 minutes so he still would have had to fast forward through half of it.
She said it herself that she didn't pledge allegiance to anyone, she didn't agree with what the Gov was doing, but she wanted to be up front with the one person that would even be affected by it, and that's Maggie, on account of the Gov being responsible for her loss.
from her perspective: because as a result of the state of things in general and the Terminus situation specifically, most members of the group are very wary of outsiders and would be quick to turn on a person perceived as one. that's a great case for not telling anyone, but it's a better case for telling everyone: you just helped them out of a hairy situation and have proven your loyalty by sticking with the group and helping them ever since the prison. the perception of you is a member of the group, and you can leverage that. better to control the message and its delivery than possibly have it done by someone else, especially during a time when they're just glad to be together with a group that isn't trying to put them on a skewer over a pit.
the scene at the church was perfect: a lingering issue had come to a head and been decided, to the relief of everyone (more smiles in those twenty seconds than in the last season). i would speak up during this time of unity to tell them (or at least Rick) about my past because in this world, ex-compatriots show up all the time, and if the group finds out i withheld that information from them, they would be far more suspect of any defense i offered at that point than if i volunteered it myself. you could hope they never find out, but in a world where survivors are roaming the countryside everywhere, i'd take my chances being honest with the happy, relatively safe, laughing group who have all admitted they have done horrible things in the past to survive. if she gave the Reader's Digest version of the Governor's exile story we were shown in season four, i'd happily bet on her chances with the group.
from a viewer's perspective: i just wanted to see how everyone would react.
saying Maggie is the only one who experienced significant loss due to Hershel's death seems overly simplistic. for one, Glenn lost a father-in-law who brought him back from both physical and emotional death. Rick lost his only real confidant; he told things to Hershel he never told anyone else. the rest see him as family; as Rick makes clear in his short conversation with the pastor, the old social constructs of family being only blood no longer apply, and every one of the group suffered greatly when Hershel died.
...I was with you up until you said that they ate his infected leg. Gareth and crew have it down to a science enough that if a leg was infected, or had bite marks, they wouldn't eat it. However, I'm fairly certain he was bitten on the other leg, and has it coursing through his whole body, even the leg they ate - see prediction 2.0...
yeah, my only defense would be it's night and they might not see a small bite or they might get careless since they knew he was with the group and appeared safe/healthy when they grabbed him. most of the "specimens" they got were probably staggering in from the wild and under close scrutiny, whereas Bob's situation might cause them to let their guard down. i admit that's shaky.
it's not so much about the possibility of infecting Gareth and the others: the main plot outcome from my perspective would be Bob not turning.
1. I actually suspected that he wasn't the actual preacher for awhile until the end when they showed the photo. I think your version of events is pretty solid except that the church really isn't buttoned up enough to keep out people who really wanted to get in. Not that this means anything in a Walking Dead world where everyone gets frequent professional haircuts and a preacher who was holed up for months without deodorant and a change of clothes looks like he just showered and got back from the dry cleaners.
yeah, my first reaction when we saw him was that his suit looked like it was new and that collar was still bright white. i had the same thought about the security of the church, but you nailed it: the world of the Walking Dead world is not our world.
2. Bob was most definitely bitten though I thought it was scummy of him not to tell everyone, say his goodbyes, and go off to kill himself. Instead he was just going to leave his girlfriend thinking everything was fine and disappear so the group goes out looking for him and puts themselves in danger?
i figured he would just expose his wound and kill himself so they would find him outside. admittedly not the way i would do it (especially crappy to Sasha), but i can see some logic in not trying to amputate the limb and being able to enjoy one more comfortable evening with those you love.
2.1 I would be quite disappointed to find out that this was the case. Hershel survived because the bite was still localized and they immediately cut off his leg. Bob kept it a secret for so long that his infection would have easily be spreading everywhere in his body by that point in time. I was hoping that all those people would get infected due to eating his infected leg but then realized that they had cooked it pretty thoroughly which in theory should take care of any infection. I'm still trying to figure out how his being bitten on the foot, and it being his leg in the fire is going to pan out because they made it a point to show all of that happening.
Walking Dead world: there are no constants, from the speed of infections to the need to reload to the availability of gasoline.
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