The Walking Dead has been a successful comic-to-screen adaptation. Back when the show started, in 2010, the comics-on-film trend had not hit high gear.
High gear wasn't far off, though. Iron Man had already come out and was huge, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe was soon going to take over the world.
But the Walking Dead was not a superhero story. It was a horror series based on a Zombie Apocalypse (as we all probably know by now). And it wasn't a movie; it was going to be a TV show. I remember wondering how an ongoing horror series was going to work, especially with zombies. I mean, a movie I could imagine of course, but wouldn't an ongoing series based on zombies get boring really really quick?
I didn't watch when the show started, but heard more and more from people in the early seasons how great the show was. Years later I finally started watching and was blown away by the intensity, not just of the tension of the zombie horror (and amazing effects), but the character stuff. How the survivors coped with the end of the world as they knew it, fighting for food and shelter, and the powerful ethical questions that faced the group, without the institutions to create and preserve law and order.
It was the relationships and tension between the characters, and conflicts with other groups of humans that was the really interesting stuff.
season one cast
I'm at the beginning of rewatching the series, and loving it all over again.
The next season, whenever it starts, will be a long one, and the final one of the series. So if you don't care about or care for the show, apologies for the multipart Walking Dead discussion/lovefest over the next few weeks! Hopefully it will be enjoyable to some.
Banes at 12:00AM, Oct. 29, 2020
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