Great movie! The theme song, "Tubular Bells" was especially haunting. Captain_Bravo, you should dress up your son in a costume. It'll be a win-win situation for you. All the neighbors will adore your son, and you get to eat all the candy.
The season finale showed everything falling apart. The episodes up to this point were the beginning of the fall of civilization. Now we're there. Admiral Harmon made a good point how the group left the gated community and failed to warn their neighbors. I believe this was to show how our society truely is. When push comes to shove, it's every man for himself. The zombie base attack was a salute to the Battle of Yonkers. The soldiers' marksmanship had nothing to do with it. This was their last stand. And as in the Battle of Yonkers, it was a total failure. About the helicopter, the pilot's orders were to head for Edwards AFB, not defend the base. I also like the hats off to Merle when Daniel Salazar led the zombie horde to the base. Just like how Merle led the zombie horde to the Governor's henchmen in TWD Season 3.
In only 6 episodes, I believe the show runners did a good job in developing the baseline story and character backgrounds. They even developed a few of the characters. Travis was initially thought to be a leader, now Maddy seems to be grasping that role. In this last episode, we saw a soldier leaving his unit to go home. We all know that soldiers everywhere will be dispersing soon. These soldiers that established the safe area have experienced deloyment to a hostile area. Every soldier I saw wore the same patch on their right shoulder (10th Mtn Div, Ft Drum, NY). A patch on the right shoulder indicates they were deployed to a hostile area. First Lieutenant (1LT) Moyers is the detachment commander. First of all, the rank of 1LT indicates he has very little command experience. I believe he sees this command as an opportunity to do what he wishes (driving golf balls down the street, go downtown and take out a zombie or two). On the other hand, the rest of the soldiers are just trying to do what they've been ordered to do... segregate the infected from the un-infected. So when they responded to the other Army unit in distress, things went to crap and they left 1LT Moyers to his own devices. His own soldiers didn't like him. Daniel is turning out to be a future Rick Grimes type. His experiences as a torturer for the military El Salvador government give him what he needs to survive. Strand, the guy who saved Nick, is obviously an opportunist. He's a con artist who knows how to keep himself alive at the expense of others. Why did he save Nick? Maybe he wants to train Nick to become his protector?
DirectorSloan, I also didn't expect Nick to be taken away. That was a TOTAL surprise. Plus Liza going away too? That's too easy to get rid of her like that. I don't believe we've seen the last of Liza and Nick. Maddie wanted to reach where the reflecting light was coming from, but she didn't expect to encounter military patrols, plus all the dead bodies freaked her out. So she went back. Sehlat Vie, I also believe that Daniel will become a central figure. Daniel, Griselda, Liza, and Nick are now at the treatment area. Griselda will die and turn, and Nick will begin going through withdrawals. The military will believe that Nick is turning. I believe Daniel will play a major role in their escape.
DirectorSloan, I agree with how things are unfolding in real time. I like how the power went out, then came back on -- just like how it happens now. The apocalypse has just begun. Did you notice the passenger plane banking out of control? Here's my take on Liza. It would be too easy for them to kill her off. That would leave Travis and Madison to endure the outbreak together without the extra baggage. What if they kill off Travis? That would force Madison and Liza to work together to keep their children alive. Since Madison already has a head start on what's going on, I can easily see her as becoming the leader of the group. Travis doesn't want to kill the zombies. He could very well be walker bait soon. Sehlat Vie, I don't believe your high hopes will be dashed, and 'm glad you're going to watch the rest of the season. The show runners have a few aces up their sleeve, and I believe that side order will be the main entrée.
I believe Travis' family is still planning to head for the desert. They're just temporarily paused by the National Guard's sweep through the neighborhood. Episode 3 was showing the Army's initial response to the outbreak. They're orders are obviously to collect and segregate the infected (living and dead), from the rest of the population, by systematically sweeping the neighborhoods. Remember, the Army is trained to clear large areas. They're not going building to building because they're not authorized yet. But if they see anything outside (like Susan Tran), they're authorized to react to protect the public. Having served in the Army for 22 years, I know how they'd react to what seems to be a coordinated chemical/biological deployment across the US. I also believe that Travis has a plan for the desert. After all, he wouldn't suggest going there on a whim. Everyone knows you have to be prepared to survive in the desert, and it didn't look like they packed up much stuff in the truck. Maybe he has a friend that built one of those underground shelters. The series will not only follow Travis' group of survivors, but will also show the government's reaction and decay due to the outbreak. Other movies may have shown this, but I believe we're going to see this in MUCH more detail how the apocalypse rolls out. FTWD seems like a sleeper series because we're getting the back story as it happens, just like how real life is. This is how I see the series unfolding: Things don't work out for Travis' (or Madison's) group in the desert. Their next option will be to go to the coast and head out to sea on a ship (if anyone read World War Z, you know how that's going to turn out). This is all new territory for TWD franchise.
It would be a great hats-off to the book World War Z if they show footage of the Battle of Yonkers. Strategically, it meant nothing; but this was the Army's last stand against the walkers and the media hyped it up.