The Talking Dead #180: S5E2, “Strangers”

Here’s our podcast for season 5 episode 2 of The Walking Dead, titled “Strangers”. As usual we recap the episode in detail, and read your Holy Crap?! Did you see that? moments. Who wants a shish kabob?

Music for this week’s podcast is “Lonely Girl” from Weezer’s album, Everything Will Be Alight In The End.

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6 comments on The Talking Dead #180: S5E2, “Strangers”

  1. Alex Swindell says:

    Hey Chris and Jason, Alex from North Carolina here. I just wanted to comment on the silencers the group found this week. Listening to the podcast you guys had a question about how these would have gotten in the gun store. Just to let you know, silencers are not illegal to own or sale in the US. They require a special license on the part of the seller and a federal stamp from the US government for the buyer which takes anywhere from 12 to 18 months to get, with a very indepth background check. Certain states have a ban on them, but Georgia is certainly not among them. So it would definitely be plausible they could have been there.

    As far as if the group could use them, you are right in that for pistols, special extended threaded barrels are required to attach commercial silencers (unlike the home made ones the group has used before). But rifles that are variants on the M4 and M16 (both of which the group has had) are designed to be modular and customizable. The muzzle flash hider (or birdcage) that you see on the end of the barrel is designed to redirect gases and help muzzle jump. These pieces are actually just threaded on and can be removed with a good turn of the wrench. Alot of silencers are designed to match the threading used by this piece. So the group could very easily use these silencers on some of their rifles, but not all.

    Thanks guys and keep up the good work.

  2. Eugene says:

    +1 to Alex for explaining silencers.

    I like the idea that Bob has a history with the Termites. The conversation seemed really personal between Bob and Gareth, and he said his name multiple times…interested to see what plays out there.

  3. Michael says:

    I felt the exact same way about the conversation between Gareth and Bob. I’m not sure if he was part of the group the attacked the original terminus though, or maybe he was part of the first terminus and fled.

    remember, “Happy Bob” wasn’t the bob we first meet on the show, originally he was “Wandering Drunk Bob”.

    also, both in this episode and when they were at the trough, Gareth calls Bob by his first name, I don’t think Gareth does that with any of the other “Cattle”. I definitely got the impression they have a past.

  4. Joe says:

    I disagree with the conversation about the need for time.

    Functioning as a well organized group that often has many people carrying out different objectives… you didn’t consider the times when it might be effective to say “We’ll meet here at 3:00pm, if you’re not back, we’ll know something went wrong”

    Time could and would be a very useful and important aspect of daily life in a zombie apocalypse… quite possibly even more so than pre-apocalypse.

    I do acknowledge that even the show doesn’t tend to pay attention to this idea, so maybe I’m the one over-thinking it.

  5. Alycia says:

    The bottom line with Carol not taking her watch back was that it was a gift from Ed and she did not want it anymore. I vaguely recall she explained that when she gave it to Rick. That would not have changed.

    I agree with Joe’s comments about the need for time.

  6. Chandler says:

    I will say that I too thought Bob had been bitten when he went out in the dark by himself to have a good cry, and even though I’m fairly sure once you get bitten you turn quite quickly, I wouldn’t put it past the show to have it where Bob doesn’t turn for an exceedingly long time. However once I saw he was captured by the Termites I didn’t think he was bitten at all, and I actually have another theory as to why he was crying.

    Bob used to be a soldier right? Or army medic I believe. I’m sure he went through a lot of crap before the apocalypse even started which caused him to turn to alcohol for some sort of relief. Then the zombie outbreak happens and life certainly didn’t get any easier for him.

    Still the Bob we are introduced to seems to at least try to have a positive outlook on life. Maybe all that positive energy he tries to spew is often forced, because he’s trying to make himself feel happy. But he is welcomed into a group he finally feels he belongs too, and he’s even fallen in love with Sasha.

    I think for the first time in a very long time Bob is actually truly happy. Perhaps those were tears of joy, and maybe even relief. Unfortunately his happiness did not last long.

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