Why The Walking Dead universe couldn’t just be Rick’s dream

If like me you have seen the trailer for series 8 of The Walking Dead then you will know they have teased Rick waking up in bed with his grey hair cut and a beard which people have been speculating could mean that he was in a coma and dreamed up the whole thing.

If The Walking Dead was all just part of Ricks dream

The Walking Dead would be something completely different in my opinion if it turns out it was all just a dream. I mean it would jump from a zombie horror drama to just a plain drama. Zombies is the part of this type of genre that makes it more interesting!

Just the events that put Rick into a coma in the first place could be enough to put most normal people into a place where they have to deal with things like post traumatic stress disorder.

Now think about how he could adjust if what he thought was real was all just a dream that he has now woken up from. He killed his best friend Shane and he lost his wife Lori. It seems he was now at a point where he can just move on with Michonne and think about returning to some kind of relative normality in Alexandria before Negan entered the picture. If you suddenly wake up and realise that was all a dream, real or not, I feel like experiencing everything Rick did you would become a completely different person.

I can imagine one of the main things Rick would feel is relief, but would his dreams of moving on with Michonne be a sign that his marriage with Lori was destined to dissolve anyway?

Although the idea of this does fascinate me I still feel like that the idea of it all being a dream would be such a disappointment in an odd kind of way, because after 7 seasons we are now invested so much into The Walking Dead world that I think the general reaction would along the lines of “WTF?!? We watched 7-8 seasons to get to this?”.

Aside from spoilers from the comic explaining why this is not the case here are some my opinions on why this wouldn’t make sense.

It’s too early for such a major spoiler

As someone who has watched enough films and TV series’s, something like this would most likely be either a big reveal at the end, or a major plot point at the start which gradually explains how the character got where they are.

I know bugger all about this kind of thing in reality, but after going through so much over 7 seasons it would seem like an odd place to suddenly learn that it was all just in Rick’s head after all.

Much of The Walking Dead universe doesn’t happen from Rick’s perspective

For us to see what Rick is experiencing in his coma then seeing everything play out that he isn’t part of seems odd unless we’re seeing it played out as a story told to Rick from a third party.

The only other reason I see this could make sense is if he somehow just forgets due to the effects of his injuries.

If you break everything down like this then I predict there would be a large number of plot holes.

A zombie apocalypse drama is just less predictable and more interesting

Part of what makes The Walking Dead series good is the unpredictability and chaos of it.

Otherwise what you’re left with is something like the film Sucker Punch which is not a step up for The Walking Dead.

MAIGG sports water bottle review

Lately I’ve been running a lot and I wanted a more affordable alternative to buying bottled water. So I purchased a water bottle.

I wanted something that wasn’t smelly plastic and would be durable enough it wont leak in my gym bag. Also important to me was not fiddling about or biting it every time I wanted a drink because I don’t like that. With these things in mind I expected to budget £10-£15 if I want something good.

Another important feature was also how much water it holds, since I go through about a litre of water when I run.

So I went to Amazon to look at the top rated water bottles. After some searching I found the MAIGG sports water bottle.

Here are some of the features and my opinion of them.

The lid

I like that the lid flips open with a press of the button because makes drinking as soon as possible and easy task.

The quality seems good enough so it should last the lifetime of the bottle.

It springs open with a reassuring amount of power, but not too much that it hits your fingers like a mousetrap.

The bottle clicks shut into place without trouble, but I did notice there’s a bit of a wobble with the lid. This could help it lock into place if it’s more forgiving about aligning the lock mechanism.

What I don’t like about the wobble of the lid is it could break if you are heavy handed. You might also break it if you’re not putting too much thought into how you’re closing it.

Something else which occurred to me is I’m not sure how suitable a lid that flaps around is for running.

Leak proof button

The clip for the button is something I like which makes me think it shouldn’t leak in my gym bag unless you tread on it.

My bottle did actually leak once, but likely because lid thread was out of alignment. This hasn’t happened again since.

The bottle

The environment wasn’t my primary concern with choosing the bottle. What I didn’t want though was smelly, cheap plastic and this bottle is definitely not that.

From the very start there has been no weird smells or tastes so I’m very happy with the quality of plastic used. The product description also says it’s toxin free which is a nice feature to have.

The strap

A zebra print strap is not to my taste, so I binned it. So far I haven’t dropped my bottle, but if you are likely to have accidents then you might want to keep it.

The vent

The vent is a nice feature because it helps the water to flow fast. This also means drinking wont create a vacuum, which means your mouth sucked into the bottle. Nice not to have a duck face.

What I don’t like about the vent is that I have to drink with the lid on my nose so water doesn’t spill out from the vent. A lid resting on your nose isn’t a bad thing since it’s not uncomfortable, but I do find it annoying.

My general impression

The bottle is of excellent quality and design, but with minor niggles.

For most people, if you care about having a nice quality water bottle then this is a good one to have.

I wouldn’t try running with it, but for me I run on a treadmill so I don’t hold it while I run.

For those interested you can buy them here.

Little things cut both ways

More than a year later since my last post to my blog and my drafts folder is littered with various abandoned posts. I start with good intentions of finally writing something then after a few paragraphs of content I think “is it really interesting? Does anyone really care? Who the heck am I even writing for? … *shrug*”.

The only problem with not being prolific is that that you have less value in a little compared to hacking away at a load of garbage until you can finally revise, edit then finally cobble something together that’s substantial and coherent enough to finally hit “Publish”.

My approach to life in general is never so much “boil the ocean”, rather more along the lines of “work smarter, not harder”. This is why I have thought so much about how little yet often habits like writing, exercise, work and a number of other many things can all have such a major impact if only I can just maintain them. I want to be a runner, an archer, a fighter, an adventurer, a speaker, a cook, a better programmer, a mogul (or at least mildly noteworthy) … so many things I want to do and they clash and some things I manage to do more than others. They still are being consolidated.

While I wasn’t writing much I was at least managing to read more (got to make time somehow) and I read one book in particular called The Slight Edge which, long story short, is about the power of habits and how they can compound over time to make something major out of small yet prolific actions. To use diet as an example, something like exercise or eating healthily is easy to do and also easy not to do. The one time you do or don’t do something wont really affect much, but over time if you can keep doing something frequently it can be the difference between either building a fortress brick by brick or death by a thousand cuts.

Either way I don’t expect many people will ever read my blog and whatever I write here is easy to do and easy not to do. There’s got to be more value in consistently adding some value rather than not though, so this is where I hold myself publicly accountable to write more frequently about maybe something relevant or meandering and off topic.

Perfect or not, here goes!