Keep the following questions in mind as you watch The Walking Dead, Ep. 3, “Tell it to the Frogs” & Ep. 4, “Vatos.” The questions are designed to guide your reading practices and our class discussions. You are not required to provide formal answers in class or online.
Walking Dead, Ep. 3, “Tell it to the Frogs”
Why does “Tell it to the Frogs” open with Merle on the rooftop? What accounts for his turn from delirious chattering to savage act of will (sawing off his own arm)?
What do you make of the scene in which Lori, Carl, and Rick are reunited? Why do you think the show runners (or the comic creators, for that matter) chose to put the family drama at the center of the show?
Why do you think the gender politics are so explicit? Do you think the divisions and inequities around which Andrea and Ed fall out existed before the fall of civilization OR does the fall of civilization produce gender inequity? Does the show suggest that gender equality, such as it is, is a luxury that the survivors cannot afford?
When the men in the camp find the zombie eating the dead deer they beat the zombie to death. How does Darryl react to the way the men kill the zombie? How do Andrea and her sister react? Why do you think the men kill the zombie so savagely?
How does the sound editing add to the mood of episode throughout?
Why does Rick volunteer to go back into the city to rescue Merle? What do the rescuers find when they return to the rooftop where Merle was handcuffed?
Walking Dead, Ep. 4, “Vatos”
What did Andrea and Amy’s father teach them that they translate into survival skills?
Why or for whom is Jim digging graves at the beginning of the episode and how do the other survivors respond?
Why is it ironic that Shane tells Jim no one will hurt him as he puts him in arm lock and then ties him to a tree?
Who kidnaps Glen and how do Rick and the gang plan to get Glen back?
What secret are Guillermo and Felipe hiding? What is your assessment of Guillermo and Felipe’s ruse and how do the group of survivors in ATL compare to the group of survivors at the quarry?
Do the survivors navigate a changed urban landscape in a sustainable way? OR what are some benefits of the zombie apocalypse to both the environment and society? How could we produce the benefits to the environment and society portrayed (in part) in “Vatos,” but without the total collapse of civilization?