Did Tyreese’s radio hallucination have a hidden meaning?

Photo by Gene Page - AMC Networks

Photo by Gene Page – AMC Networks

We’re all still reeling a little bit after episode 509.  But now we’ve all had a few days to cope and now we can revisit the episode.  In my reflection, I was curious about the radio broadcast in Tyreese’s hallucination.   Now we all noticed that the voice on the radio was a British accent and a keen ear could figure out that the voice belonged to Andrew Lincoln.  Was this broadcast simply meant to be “generic” bad news?  OR is there a hidden meaning?   Take a look at the transcription of the broadcast:

“At least 68 citizens of the Republic have been killed in at least four deadly attacks along the main coastal district. The group has continued their campaign of random violence, moving across the countryside, unfettered, with the Republic’s military forces in disarray, terrorizing the village by night, carrying out revenge attacks involving hacking innocents with machetes and in some cases, setting them on fire.

There’s been troubling reports of cannibalism having broken out in refugee camps in all the Republic’s transportation corridor. And despite the string of victories by rebel forces, there are disturbing reports of increased brutality of their tactics including full-scale
destruction of villages, burning down of the prisons, targeting of civilians and even the wide spread mutilation of children and young mothers. And this seems like only the beginning of their campaign, that they may wage as an endless war against….”

Hacking innocents with machetes?  Reports of cannibalism?  Burning down of prisons?  Was this broadcast, which was fabricated by Tyreese’s subconscious, a reminder of events that have occurred in Tyreese’s past?  Is this an indication that Tyreese was never really at peace about the things that he has experienced since joining Rick’s group?

How about the mentioning of the “coastal region”?  Atlanta is nowhere near the coast.  Perhaps this foreshadowing of the group going to D.C.?  OR MAYBE this could be foreshadowing the companion series which is rumored to be set in Los Angeles which is definitely a coastal region!

What do you think?

Hacksaw Jack


P.S. Thanks to Tonia Threlkeld for the transcription.

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