AMC’s “The Walking Dead” – an Apocalyptic Series about Zombie Dead Walkers

Nov 28, 2010 by Tom Jones

Not much of a fan of the zombie movie and storytelling genre, I was a bit skeptical if and why this particular AMC new series might hold my attention.

Well, after watching several episodes, I’m a fan of the show. I enjoy its human interactions, human v Zombie conflicts, and the infrequent moments of quiet and calm.

Even more interesting for me is how the few living learn how to hone their wits to survive from one moment to the next.

At times, it does seem unreal and unthinkably bizarre to contemplate the events that are part of the plot, but I think that that’s the beauty of this particular series. It takes you into a dark place where you begin to identify with the non-Zombies, and their fight for survival.

The Walking Dead series is based on Robert Kirkman’s popular graphic novel about a zombie apocalypse. When cop Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) wakes from a coma, the world has changed completely–with most of humanity turned into “Dead Walkers."

The story is basic: an epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months, society has crumbled: There is no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV.

The Sheriff Rick Grimes, finds himself among one of the few survivors in this terrifying future. A couple months previously, he was a small town cop who had never fired a shot and only ever saw one dead body.

Separated from his family, he must now sort through all the death and confusion to try and find his wife and son.

In a world ruled by the dead, they are forced to finally begin living. In every episode, there’s always danger lurking, times of serenity, brutal violence, and the lead protagonists of Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal) as the Alpha males protecting the clan.

The Walking Dead is centered around Rick Grimes, a small-town police officer from Cynthiana, Kentucky, his family, and a number of other survivors who have banded together in order to survive after the world is overrun with zombies.

As the series progresses, the characters become more developed, and their personalities shift under the stress of a zombie apocalypse, most notably Rick’s.

In the beginning of the series, Rick and partner Shane are in a gunfight and Rick is shot and enters a coma. Upon waking in a hospital, he discovers the undead are in the building and town.

Rick returns home and shortly decides to go to Atlanta, where the survivors were told to await help, to find his wife Lori and son Carl. He discovers the city is crowded with zombies and bumps into Glenn, a scavenger for a band of survivors.

Following Glenn, Rick discovers Lori and Carl are okay along with Shane, who is less than happy that his former partner has returned. He also meets new survivors.

The Walking Dead are attracted to humans in several ways–noise, sight, smell, light, and happenstance. Essentially, from the beginning episode, up until the most recent, the various small roving small teams of survivors must learn how to cope with and survive with all the tenacity and cunning that they can muster.

That’s because if you’re bit by a Walking Dead, you’ll turn into one as well.

So to protect themselves, they’re either shooting the Zombies in the head, or dispatching of them via baseball bats and other sundry items.

On a deeper level, the Walking Dead is about hope and the belief in man’s camaraderie; but why that has to take place during a Zombie apocalypse is always the rub–but sometimes the best in man is brought out in his darkest hours.

The rest of the cast includes, Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori Grimes), Laurie Holden (Andrea), Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale), Steven Yeun (Glenn), Emma Bell(Amy) and Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes).

Not surprisingly, the opening debut of The Walking Dead attracted approximately 5.3 million viewers.

It will be interesting to see how and in which ways the survivors are able to keep alive, let alone keep going with the majority of the world now mindless and full of millions of rather dense Zombies because in this series, the world is full of them.

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2 Responses to “AMC’s “The Walking Dead” – an Apocalyptic Series about Zombie Dead Walkers”

  1. Debi says:

    I’ve been watching this, too. I find it on the one hand extremely disturbing and on the other entertaining. To me, that makes good drama, so I’m hooked. I also thoroughly enjoy the BBCA’s Being Human.
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    Tom Jones Reply:

    @Debi, Thanks for the feedback.

    Your sentiments about this series seem similar to mine. I’ll have to check out the BBCA program that you mentioned.

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