Change is a challenge. It’s never easy to get used to something new. When we “snuggle our toes” into a certain situation, we become comfortable. Once that blanket of comfort is gone, it’s difficult to adapt at first. For our group on The Walking Dead, we see start to see that their “blanket of comfort” was looking over their shoulder every second, evading walkers and going days without food or water.
In the episode “Remember,” the group attempts to settle into some new territory. Aaron welcomes them into the Alexandria Safe Zone. After all the time they spent in the wild, fresh towels and friendly faces are foreign to these nomads. Aaron introduces them to the zone leader Deena. She seems very pleasant, however, she video tapes 1-on-1 meetings with Rick and the rest for “transparency.” The meeting between her and Rick was almost like a game of the minds; a chess match in peeling away the layers of weaknesses and strengths. I’m honestly not sure we can trust her yet; she was once in office before it all went down. Let’s not forget the other person who went by a political title on the show. Anyway, everyone gets their own house. Rick enjoys the simplicity of taking a hot shower and finally shaves off that hairy beast that was growing on his chin. Shaving was symbolic to him in letting go of all the crazy he left behind those safe zone walls. Of course, the crazy still finds a way to sneak in somehow. Rick keeps the whole group in his house just for safety precautions for the first night. He also can’t sleep well at night and got nervous when Carl and Judith disappeared for a minute. They were just visiting some of the residents there. Speaking of Carl, the teenager finds it difficult adjusting to being around others his own age. (I honestly wish Beth could have been there too. It would have been great for her. In fact, I feel the same for most of the people they lost. =( ) One day, they’re keeping walkers from getting into their barn during an epic rain storm and a few days later, Carl is playing video games; it’s like a warped reality. He even tells his dad that they mustn’t stay weak. Later on, they have a father and son bonding moment in which they take on a bunch of walkers together.
The others adjust in their own ways. The most stand out is Carol and Daryl. Carol appears to completely fit into her new surroundings. She even tells Deena about missing her late abusive husband and wanting to be a part of the community events. It seems kind of strange, but at the same time, it could be her way of surviving and adapting to her new home. Daryl on the other hand is the complete opposite. He refuses to take a shower (I would throw him in the tub myself if I could.), he never took a tour of the place, and has avoided meeting the people of the safe zone. It appears Daryl is already prepared to leave. The apparent safety of their current abode is not comfortable at all for the man with the crossbow, but we’ll see how they all settle in the next few episodes. Most of the people we see residing there seem pretty cool. The only idiot is definitely the Mayor’s son Aden. The group now has their own jobs and Glenn of course gets to do runs, something we all know he’s talented at. Aden and this other jerk take Glenn, Tara and Noah out for a place they already cleared for practice. What they didn’t tell them was that they had their own walker pet that apparently went missing. When they discovered the walking corpse pet, Aden got mad when Glenn killed it. It almost killed Tara but he didn’t care. The idiot got a rightly deserved punch to the face when they returned. Glenn tried to take the high road, but this guy was too much of a douchebag and tried to punch him first. In the end, Rick was assigned a position he should be familiar with; Sheriff, and Michonne was assigned as his deputy. While the group gets used to their possibly temporary home, Rick says something that takes everyone by surprise.
You should keep these gates closed. Because it’s all about survival at any cost. – Rick
Living a life of security is normal for us watching the show, but it’s strange for the TWD survivors. Witnessing our beloved characters react to their new home is almost like watching animals who were once wild and free struggle to adapt in a zoo. Hopefully, they will be able to feel the comfort of the Alexandria Safe Zone, but also be ready to “pounce” when s**t hits the fan because we all know it will.