The Walking Dead: The most popular zombie show ever. It’s all about keeping your humanity while trying to survive in a world filled with zombies where nowhere is safe.
In A Nutshell
The story follows sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes, who one day awakens from a months-long coma to find himself in an abandoned hospital in an post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies. Grimes will try to find out what happens while trying to survive and reunite with his wife and son. With time, Grimes will become the leader of a group of people whose main goal is to live to fight another day.
Meet the Characters
Rick Grimes is the protagonist of the series. He is a former police officer of the King County Sheriff’s Department, who fell into a coma during work, only to wake up and find himself in the midst of the zombie apocalypse. He is married to a woman named Lori and has a son called Carl. Even though he starts of as very confused, his leadership comes to shine as episodes go by.
Lori Grimes is Rick’s wife and Carl’s mother. After believing Rick to be dead, she joins Rick’s friend and co-worker, Shane Walsh, to Atlanta to protect her and her son from the zombies. With time, there will develop a love triangle between her, Rick and Shane.
Carl Grimes is Rick and Lori’s son. At first, and since he is much younger in the beginning of the series, he follows his mother around. With time, he will become more brave and will learn to fight alongside his father.
Shane Walsh is a former co-worker and best friend of Rick. He takes care of Lori and Carl during Rick’s absence. However, after Rick comes back, they realize that they have different ways of dealing with the situations and Shane’s morality is more than questionable. If that wasn’t enough, he might have a thing for Lori as well.
Daryl Dixon is one of the main characters of the story next to Rick. He usually rides a motorcycle and he is an expert at hunting, tracking and navigating. His weapon of choice is the crossbow. Due to his survival skills, Rick values him as an important member of the group. Daryl also later develops a closer bond with Carol Peletier.
(There are many more new and relevant characters down the road but that would make for a very long and spoilerish list!)
A Brief History of The Walking Dead: The When, Where and How
The Walking Dead is an American horror drama series created and produced by Frank Darabont. It is based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman. The show first aired in the US on October 31st, 2010 on AMC.
From the beginning The Walking Dead has become incredibly popular, slowly becoming a pop culture phenomena with its own conventions, parodies and a very big fanbase. The series has also been nominated for several awards, including the Writers Guild of America Award for Television: New Series and the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama.
The show also has a spin off series, Fear the Walking Dead, which debuted on August 23st, 2015.
Why It’s Awesome
There are many reasons why everyone seems to be obsessed with this show. While there have currently been many shows based on zombies (In The Flesh, iZombie…), it could be said that The Walking Dead is the one that started the trend. Ironically, you will never hear the word ‘zombie’ in this show, they call them ‘walkers’. At the time, TWD was also the most well-produced horror/drama series in cable television.
The Walking Dead is captivating because its premise is already appealing to many: it deals with an apocalyptic scenario in which a viral disease has infected almost all population. And this is something that the audience LOVES to see and we are all curious to see what would happen in that situation (not for nothing Supernatural‘s ‘The End’ is one of the most popular episodes according to its fandom). And the show delivers: they will not hesitate on killing your favourite characters in the most bloody, dramatic way.
However, The Walking Dead isn’t just about running in the woods while shooting at zombies. Sure, there’s lots of action and badassery going on, but the show’s strength lays in its ability to make its characters interesting and relatable. You will not necessarily love the main characters, and those who you hated at first could end up becoming your favourites (and vice versa). We all think we know our friends and family members, but the truth is nobody knows how we would all react in an scenario like this. And the show plays with that idea a lot. It is not strange for sci-fi or apocalyptic shows that have to deal with non-human enemies to explore what being a human really means. Are we really good-hearted beings that would put our loved one’s lives before ours? Or are we just selfish animals who just listen to their survival instincts?