Welcome to our journey into the guts of The Walking Dead. What kind of journey? A philosophical, psychoanalytical and political kind. What I would like to do over the next couple months is dig thought the Walking Dead episode by episode to see what it can teach us. Thank you for following me on this journey. I look forward to reading your comments. Be forewarned: There are spoilers everywhere. Don’t forget to check out my previous article in the Philosophizing TWD series: Philosophizing The Walking Dead S3E3 Walk With Me And Idealized Post-Racial Sentiments Only Serve To Colorblind Reality
Keeping transference in mind what was Secret's intention using morning after pills as a device in Lori's character development? There is a sense in which the scene defies intelligibility. As if Lori is caught under the emotional wave of pregnancy provoking some assumed maternal irrationality. The episode and the episodes leading up did assert a complex set of stressors. What is at stake is the survivability of the group. Without knowing Rick's perspective on her affair with Shane or how he feels about his wife giving birth to Shane's child she assumes the worst. This perspective is reinforced by a general hopelessness that has been bubbling in Lori's mind since they arrived at Hershel's farm.
Outside of imparting the potential sex education, and drawing on narrative entirely outside the show's plot can I see a justification for Lori's ignorance surrounding the uses of birth control. If we consider the act of taking birth control metaphorically the scene does accentuate the intense emotions that Lori was experiencing. Her nihilistic hopelessness foreclosing a vision of a vision of a future state where should be a happy mother and wife. The nihilism here is partially motivated by the ongoing apocalypse and life or death baby-mama-drama that risks putting Rick and Shane at gun point and lowering the survive-ability of the group. There is an awful lot at stake regarding the knowledge of Lori's pregnancy. Nonetheless, the responsibility for the idiocy of using birth control as a plot device lies squarely on the shoulders of the TV show’s creators. What was their agenda?
This is what I want. This is right. Now, you take care of your daddy for me, all right? And your little brother or sister. You're gonna be fine. You are gonna beat this world, I know you will. You are smart and you are strong and you are so brave. And I love you. You gotta do what's right. You promise me you'll always do what's right. It's so easy to do the wrong thing in this world. So if it feels wrong, don't do it, all right? If it feels easy, don't do it. Don't let the world swallow you. You're so good, my sweet boy. You're the best thing I ever did. I love you. TWD S3E4Check out the next article in this series: Philosophizing The Walking Dead S2E5 Say The Word, The Media Apparatus and Alienation