I think the person blowing the truck horn is the young girl with the Zippo lighter that Carl was following around. Why is the big question. Either she's trying to get help to the town quick, or she's pulling some sort of "I hate this place and the people in it" emo crap. And the more I think on it, the dumber and dumber Rick's plan is. Unless he wants it to be a total screw up so that Alexandria sees how bad it needs to learn to fight. Honestly, that would be even dumber in the end.
Most politicians either come from careers where there is a fair amount of negotiation and applied charisma involved. Some go into politics simply because they aren't very good at anything else, but have a remarkable talent for failing forward -- no matter how bad they do, their general likability lands them in clover each time they fall. The first time explains why there are so many lawyers and real estate developers elected to political office. Many times they move to the political arena because while they are skilled, they aren't incredibly successful in their original careers. I don't know how many state senators and representatives I have interviewed over the years that showed how a good smile and good connections were their strongest qualifications. Carson is, without a doubt, a smart man and skilled on a level beyond us mere mortals. However, he really does not have the touchstone necessary to really connect with and lead us mere mortals.
It was an interesting episode but it really seemed like a case of writers painting themselves in a corner and having to move on. The whole march of the zombos thing just didn't ring true. The quarry was a neat idea, but taking the walkers and luring them out to some great big surprise ending just didn't seem terribly plausible. Nowhere along the episode do they ever say what exactly they are going to do with the walkers and it made the truck horn at the end seem like a deus ex machina kind of move to not save the characters but to save the writers. Morgan going from panicked survivor to paranoid survivor to wandering Kung FU guru of the wastelands is a heck of an arc for a character to take. There will have to be some sort of reckoning/explanation for this. It's going to have to be a doozy. Rick's character arc flip has a back story we've all watched by Morgan... the story will have to be good for the viewers to take his word for it. I do, however, like how he sees right through Carol. Someone needs to be able to, if nothing else but to keep her character accountable. Pretty good, overall, if way too heavy on the commercial breaks. One last thought: Why didn't they come by and grab that tractor with the post hole auger on the back? That sure would have made the work on setting up the curve barricade a lot easier.
Carson spent his career as a respected neurosurgeon, one of the most complicated careers a person could have, one where there are literally life or death decisions and actions every day on the job. He has apparently spent most of his time studying and perfecting that craft, to the point of only having a slight touch on the reality that the rest of the world has. Now, if I am in need of brain surgery, that is just the person I want working on me. If I am in need of a president, however, I'm going to pass and hopefully he will redirect his attentions to brain surgery. Really, we need brain surgeons and rocket scientists doing just that, working on brains and rockets. Those guys don't have what is needed to be politicians. That being said, we also don't need politicians getting involved in brain surgery or rocket science... their results could be just as disastrous.
To paraphrase Mao, Power emanates from the barrel of a gun. I'm not a fan of Mao or his politics, but he is right about one thing. A gun is power. It is the power to defend yourself and your family -- be it human or animal. It is the power to feed your family. It is the power to protect your property,whether it be real estate, livestock or personal property. It is the power to defend your community, your state or your people. It is the power to kill or destroy, as well. The world we live in is because of personal firearms. Sure, gunpowder changed warfare, but it was the ability of a person with an arquebus to bring down an armored nobleman that changed everything. And it was the mob brandishing personal firearms that brought down the French nobility, the Czars, the Battistas, the Ghadafis, the Asaads. It is the power, singly or collectively, to declare your right to rights. A firearm is a machine that can defend a family, feed a family and keep a family from being nothing more than feudal peasants in the worst, and least likely, of all scenarios. It is indispensable for a free society, especially one that is not made up entirely of urbanites. An internet accessible computer is the newest thing since firearms to give such power into the hands of people. And for all the potential harm that can be caused when people use them wrong, you aren't going to take that away from me either.
I just know that he sat at home for almost an entire season, soaking up franchise tag cap space when we could have let him ride off into the sunset. We'd have come out better and he, well, still got to keep the paychecks. Remember when he posted the photo of his Bentley's speedometer registering 100 mph? If you couldn't figure out he was going to be an albatross around our neck at some point, then you weren't paying attention. And remember the couple of seasons he had with us while we waited for him to actually perform up to his potential? The guy has one outstanding season (getting a whole bunch of sacks in one game against Atlanta) and he's all of a sudden the king of the hill? He was a nut case that we should have let walk sooner. Couldn't be happier to see him on Dallas' roster. He oughtta be really interesting in that town.
Here are my top 4 reasons the running game isn't so hot this year:
1. We're not a smashmouth running team anymore. We don't batter down the opponent's shield wall and push the pile forward anymore. We're not a passing team, either. We're a mobile quarterback/option team. Our playbook leans very heavily on "What can we do with Cam on every down?" Our rushing game doesn't open up because of the threat of passing, our passing doesn't open up because of play action. It is all based on the defense trying to figure out Cam's prestidigitation before the snap. Will Cam keep the ball in the option or will he let Stewie take off with it? Will he pass it downfield or will he dart through the defense for 10 yards? Really, if Cam wasn't such an amazing athlete, we'd be incredibly one dimensional. We just have to be very careful not to tip our hand by setting up tendencies in each situation. 2 and 8, Cam always does this. 3 and 1, Cam always keeps it. The good teams watch this like a hawk to pick apart teams like ours. We used to do it to shut down Mike Vick. We had him dead to rights and Thomas Davis spied him for the whole game to keep him pretty much in handcuffs. 2. An O-line typically either pass blocks or run blocks on a down. But if you rely on the read option a lot, the line has to hybridize its blocking to provide a bit of each or the play is lost. The problem is, you really can't do both well at the same time. Our read option plays are becoming less and less effective, partly because of this and partly because Stewie doesn't get the full benefit of dedicated run blocking. And let's face it, Cam keeps it most of the time. 3. No one fears our passing game too much. A bit, but most teams figure watch out for Olsen and you should be able to cover the rest with basic defensive play calling. They can afford to stack the box. We're stronger on this than our opponents think (check that 4-0 record), but the better teams will be able to handle our receivers without too much stress. 4. Stewie really, really benefited from DeAngelo Williams. It's not popular to say it, but we've gone from giving defenses Double Trouble to giving them Not Much Trouble At All. Those two guys didn't just feed off of each other, but they punished defenders. The defenders' legs would tire out chasing DWill down the line and then Stewie would just beat the crap out of them. DWill could lay a good hit on a defender, almost as good as Stewart. Now, Cam is the guy they have to chase, but none us want to see him duck his helmet and deliver a blow like an RB does. DWill got too expensive, and there was obviously some stuff behind the scenes, so he wasn't going to stay. This year, Stewie is mighty expensive, and he's not exactly putting up stats worthy of those paychecks. And don't get me started on why Fozzy hasn't been even close to a DWill replacement.