Season Five of The Walking Dead is more gruesome and imaginative than ever. But what is the preacher man up to, what secrets is he hiding? He’s up to no good, I’m sure of that.
In more than one episode the camera lingers on the church’s scripture listing from its last service:
These are the associated Bible passages:
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. – Romans 6:4 New International Version
So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. – Ezekiel 37:7 New International Version
And the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. – Matthew 27:52 New International Version
During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them. – Revelation 9:6 New International Version
In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” – Luke 24:5 New International Version
Of course we expect these verses to have some reference to zombies, right? But I wonder if they also are telling a story about the Episcopal priest. His name is Gabriel, after the archangel who blows his trumpet in the end times to raise the dead. By legend Gabriel is also the angel of judgement and other not-so-nice things. He is also a messenger of God’s will.
These particular bible verses seem to indicate a special elect of walking dead (the resurrection of Israel, of the saints, of Christ), and so perhaps Gabriel has a mission for these “holy” walkers, as he must see them. The living, as seen in these passages, are just sinners awaiting judgement.
Do they hint to an unfolding of the plot? Thoughts, zombie fans?