Showdown's coming


"When they come for us, we’ll end it. The whole thing." — Rick, "The Walking Dead"

Something is coming. It's been on the horizon for a while now, but as the finale approaches, so, too, does the danger. Our heroes on "The Walking Dead" have been headed down a dangerous path for some time, and it's finally coming to a head tonight with Negan entering the scene.

Rick saw an opportunity — take out the Saviors and live free. But to do that, the group had to, in some ways, step outside of who they are, or who they should be. They were the aggressors, and have been for weeks. They've sought vengeance against an enemy that they'd never seen.

There is a proverb that says, "While seeking revenge, dig two graves - one for yourself." That is the path they're on, and Morgan was the voice of reason. Rick said he doesn't take chances any more, a justification for his actions. Morgan responded, "There is no right; there's just the wrong that doesn't pull you down." This is heady stuff for a zombie show, but then again "The Walking Dead" has always been about something deeper.

A friend on a message board pointed out that there were references to the Garden of Eden and the Fall of Man in last week's episode. That's no accident. But there's something else that struck me — over confidence. Rick is assured that everything will be fine, and there is no enemy he can't over come. That's pride and arrogance.

Here's another proverb, one that has it's roots in Scripture — "Pride goes before a fall." By the end of last week, Glenn, Daryl, Michonne and others were in chains, about to be handed over to an enemy that has no kindness or remorse.

A fall is coming. Sunday night we'll see how severe it's going to be.

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