Waiting for season 2 of The Walking Dead
I’m not a huge horror fan. Zombie apocalypses don’t rank high on my all-time favorite films — or TV shows. So consider me surprised by how gripping, and moving, AMC’s The Walking Dead is.
I just made it through the first season, and I’m pretty impressed.
As my friend Joe Abeyta told me when he suggested I watch the show, The Walking Dead is not about the zombies but about the small band of human beings trying to stay alive in and around Atlanta.
Given the premise, you might think the show is about gore, of which there’s quite a bit. Or about frightening creatures. The zombies in The Walking Dead are truly scary. It’s not. The zombies are props; or more accurately, the capricious, environment in which these humans find themselves.
Against this terrifying backdrop develop the real story-lines, which occasionally ask some profound questions. How does one remain human in a hostile world, where the rules of society have broken down and one must grope to figure out where the line between being human and less-than human is?
The show’s writers know how to whipsaw your emotions, too, juxtaposing moments of spine-tingling terror with sublime beauty, gruesome violence with heart-rending gentleness. Along the way a stereotype or two falls away, knocked down by unexpected kindnesses.
About halfway through the first episode I realized I wan’t watching a horror show, but a show about life and what it means to live.
The Walking Dead is a good show. I’m waiting for Season 2.
Waking up in an empty hospital after weeks in a coma, County Sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) finds himself utterly alone. The world as he knows it is gone, ravaged by a zombie epidemic. The Walking Dead tells the story of the weeks and months that follow after the apocalypse. Based on Robert Kirkman’s hugely successful and popular comic book series, AMC’s new original series, The Walking Dead, premieres with a 90-minute episode on Halloween night: Oct. 31 at 10/9c. Written and executive produced by three-time Academy® Award-nominee Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile), who also directs the pilot, and executive produced by Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator, Aliens), the series debuts during AMC Fearfest, the network’s annual blockbuster marathon of thriller and horror films.