It’s not true what they say about the end of the world…
Anyone who’s been through it knows there are no horsemen or fire raining down from the sky. Dead fish do not litter the waters and there are no plagues or deafening trumpets.
No… the end of the world is quieter and far more devastating than that… It is words coming from a Doctors mouth you do not fully comprehend but know instinctively they are the worst you will ever hear… It is a police officer knocking at your door at 3am in the morning or a telephone call with a hollow sounding voice you do not recognize telling you things your mind says could not possibly be true… It is the moment you learn the difference between the sound of a loved one crying and wailing… It is the instant your heart sinks into your stomach as you realize you are trapped and cannot run or the weakening glow of a cars tail lights as it drives away from you forever. It is watching everything fall away in a single moment that feels like forever, but happens so fast you’re unable to reach out and stop it.
When the world ends, it is a moment you feel throughout time… you are in the past of what is lost, you are in the moment you are losing it and you are in the future of your shattered world, all at once. It is the moment you never see coming and cannot ever prepare for…
The end of the world is not what they say it is… it is terrifyingly simpler than that.
In November 2016, a clip from an episode of the 1950s western television series Trackdown was published to YouTube, along with the claim that it “predicted Donald Trump” by featuring a snake oil salesman character named “Trump” who claimed that only he could prevent the end of the world … by building a wall around the town:
The television series Trackdown really did produce an episode featuring a “Trump” character who came to town claiming that only he could prevent the end of the world by building a wall (and also sold special force propelling umbrellas to deflect meteorites). The episode (S1, E30) aired on CBS in 1958 and was titled “The End of the World,” featuring actor Lawrence Dobkin playing the role of “Walter Trump.” A synopsis of the episode from the Classic TV Archive reads as follows:
Walter Trump, a confidence man, puts on a long robe and holds a tent meeting in the town of Talpa. He tells the townspeople that a cosmic explosion will rain fire on the town and that he is the only one that can save them from death. Ranger Hoby Gilman attempts to prove Trump is a fraud.
While Dobkin appeared in at least three other episodes of Trackdown, this was the only occasion in which he portrayed the Walter Trump character