The Walking Dead: Rick Grimes And Keeping The Windows Intact


Adjusting to life in a new place is never easy.  That’s especially true when that new place is completely different from how you’ve been living your life before the new location.  Changes to your surroundings can be one thing, but changing your lifestyle and your mindset is something that can take a very long time so successfully accomplish.

There was one exceptionally great example of how this change of being can be a major internal conflict.  After arriving in Alexandria, Rick said something that didn’t make a ton of sense at the time, but turned out to be a great metaphor for accepting these wild animals that have been surviving among the walkers into a walled-in community that is absolutely safe.  Here is what he said:

"“You keep the windows intact, you keep society intact.”"

It all starts somewhere.  A crack in a window can lead to that window breaking.  An open window can let in unwanted things.  And those things can make life miserable for quite a while.  Many folks know this to be true if they have a window that lets in mosquitoes or other bothersome critters during the summer.

So, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  If you take care of the details, the things that seem insignificant and pointless at the time, you keep the control when things escalate to larger problems.  If people know that they can’t get away with shoplifting, they’ll know that they definitely won’t get away with robbing a bank.

But what happens when instead of cracks forming in the class, people decide to just crash right through it?

That’s literally what happened in last week’s episode of The Walking Dead when Rick refused to leave the home of Pete and Jessie in an effort to ensure that Pete knew that everyone was aware of his physical abuse and they were not going to tolerate it anymore.  During the scuffle, the two crashed through the window of Pete’s home and took the brawl to the streets.  Several survivors tried to stop Rick and Pete’s fight, but were unable to do so until Michonne knocked Rick out cold.

Is the shattered window a sign that Rick and the group may not be as welcome in Alexandria as they were initially?  How much will this incident change the way that Deanna sees Rick and the rest of his group?  And if Rick is exiled from Alexandria, how many members of his group would decide to stay in Alexandria?

With so many questions heading into the 90 minute season 5 finale of The Walking Dead, it will be interesting to see what happens with Rick and his “window theory” about keeping control of the community.  Is Rick the one making the figurative cracks in the glass of Alexandria or were they there prior to his group arriving?  Hopefully, we’ll find out much more about this during the finale on March 29th.

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