I know there's lots of complaining about episodes without tons of blood and gore, but I like them. This isn't a show about zombies, after all, it's about people. It resembles books like Lord of the Flies and Heart of Darkness more than it does movies like Dawn of the Dead. The Walking Dead is about humanity and what happens to our sense of right and wrong when left alone with our darkest self and most primal need to survive. Despite my dislike for flashbacks, tonight's episode was one of my favorites of all time.
Spoilers: watch before you read.
Tonight's episode took a break from all the heart-pounding action so far this season to see what happened to Morgan since, what, the prison season.
Prior to this season, last we'd seen Morgan (for more than a moment), he'd lost his mind - mindless phrases written on the walls, or Rick talking to dead people on the phone crazy. When we see him in this flashback, he's still far gone, "clearing" both the dead and the living, until he comes upon a cabin where he meets a man named Eastman.
Rick said in episode one of this season, "It still might be too late...For them to come around. You'll see." That could've been said of Morgan too. But Eastman believed that (nearly) anyone can come back from the horrors of their history and the aweful things they've done. Once again this season emphasizes redemption.
Eastman teaches Morgan to fight, to value life, to remember what it was, and is, to be human. In season one, after the attack on the encampment, Lori says they need time to mourn and bury their dead, because it's what people do. Eastman still believes this and buries any walker that comes across his path, carving epitaphs in their honor. He rememers that each walker was once alive and all life is precious. Before this world, Eastman saw the darkness in his own soul and has come to the conclusion that, "Everything is about people, everything in this life that's worth a damn."
Food for thought in a world where people spend more time staring at a screen than at another human. Maybe we are the walking dead after all. To quote the movie Powder, "It's become appallingly clear that our technology has surpassed our humanity."