I watched The Distance (S05E11) but I just don't understand why didn't he want to go somewhere where he might get to stay instead of worrying Judith would attract the zombies?

  • Which episode did you just watch?
    – HDE 226868
    Mar 1, 2015 at 1:03
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    @HDE226868 They're referring to S05E11 - The Distance.
    – phantom42
    Mar 1, 2015 at 2:52
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    Well, have you watched the rest of the series? If so, you'd know by now the survivors, and Rick in particular, are wary of seemingly benevolent strangers offering shelter. See: Terminus, Woodbury, etc.
    – Andres F.
    Mar 1, 2015 at 14:50
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    Remember when Terminus seemed like a good idea? Mar 2, 2015 at 19:17

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Ideally, Rick did want to go with Aaron - but theirs is not an ideal world. Past experiences have taught Rick and the group to not trust strangers - especially ones who belong to groups - even those promising sanctuary. Consider the major groups that they've come in contact with thus far in the show:

  • the nursing home group in Atlanta: not terrible, but they were ready to kill members of Rick's group.
  • the Greene family: this worked out ok.
  • The prisoners: betrayed and tried to kill them
  • Woodbury & the Governor: destroyed the prison, killed Herschel, Axel, responsible for the death of Andrea, tried to kill Glenn. The governor killed many of his own people.
  • Tyrese, Sasha, et al: this turned out ok.
  • Abraham, Eugene, Rosalita: this has turned out ok aside from Eugene lying to everyone about DC
  • Terminus/The Hunters: Killed Bob, wanted to kill/eat the group.
  • The Claimers: tried to rape Carl, wanted to kill Rick
  • The Hospital Cops: kidnapped & killed Beth

Rick and the group would love to believe that Aaron would take them to a safe zone, but they're wary of anything strangers tell them, and will naturally distrust newcomers until they have proven themselves.

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