The Walking dead is one of the highest rated Television shows in the history of television and has become one of the highest selling comic books for Image comics in history. In the due process it has earned a great amount of money not just for the AMC (the network that broadcasts the show) but also for Robert Kirkman who also happens to be the creator of the franchise which along with the T.V show and comic books also comprise of books, video games along with other merchandise. In spite of all the success the series has had its fair share of criticism. Naysayers criticize various aspects of the show such as it’s slow pace, it’s dark and bleak nature as well as the violence. This criticism has also prevented the show from receiving the kind of critical acclaim that shows like Breaking Bad and Mad Men have received in the past. While the criticisms of the show are valid however; the fact remains that for the past 6 years the walking dead has continues to entertain ( and shock) the audiences all over the world. Here are five reasons why you should check out the walking dead.
- The Cast: A TV show is only as good as it’s characters. Luckily the walking dead comprises of some really unique characters with compelling storylines. Rick Grimes is not your average protagonist. In fact his journey is that of tragic character who was once a member of the law enforcement but was forced to turn into a ruthless killer to ensure the survival of his group in the post-apocalyptic world. It is a testament to Andrew Lincoln’s performance that the audiences continue to relate with Rick Grimes even when some of his acts are quite hideous. The same can be said about the character of Shane Walsh who started of a good guy and ends up becoming the antagonist after losing everything. The performance was a star making turn by Jon Bernthal who went on to portray the character of The Punisher in the Netflix Marvel TV series. Each incident changes the characters for better or for worse showing how hard it really is to survive in an uncivilized world. With season 7 the show has added Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the primary villain Negan who has already made quite an impact since his debut episode.
- Any of our favorite characters can die: One of the major reasons why Game of Thrones became so popular over the last couple of years was because none of the characters in the show were safe and could die at any time. The show immediately captured the attention of the audiences when it killed off one of its main characters in season 1.The same is the case with the Walking dead. Since the show is set within a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies, there is a constant threat of characters dying violent deaths. The series creator Robert Kirkman has openly said that even the series protagonist Rick Grimes will not survive the Zombie outbreak. This certainly keeps the audiences on the edge of their seats and helps them establish a bond with their favorite characters. Speaking of which…
- Daryl Dixon: No character on the show is as beloved as Daryl Dixon (portrayed by Norman Reedus). The bad ass redneck is an entirely original character created specifically for the show has become so popular that the audiences have threatened the show makers that they would riot if the character is killed off. The character is everything that one would want to be; brave and resourceful. His character arc over the years has also seen the character develop from an unpredictable hot head to a skilled level headed leader and it is quite needless to say that the character with his crossbow is pretty cool.
- The way the show portrays Authority figures: The walking dead comprises of some really despicable characters who serve as the primary antagonist. Who can forget the character of Philip ‘The governor’ Blake? The man is a psychopathic dictator of a safe zone comprising of survivors and manipulates the people into committing hideous and brutal acts under the guise of protecting them which is not quite unlike our own real world leaders who manipulate the common population by making false promises. Even Rick establishes himself is guilty of this. The trend has continued with the introduction of Negan and shows how in a post-apocalyptic world only the strong and the ruthless survive.
- The real world parallels: One of the main taglines of the show is ‘Fight the dead fear the living’. During the course of the show Rick and company meet various people who prove to be a greater threat than the zombies themselves. Robert Kirkman once stated in an interview that the main theme of the series was not the Zombie outbreak rather it was how people acted in extreme situations. Keeping in line with this theme the show features characters who are willing to take extreme measures which include child killing to ensure their own survival. It also shows how the bleak world could overwhelm people and break them. In many ways the experiences that the main characters go through are not unlike the experiences that people who live in war torn countries go through. In fact just recently it was revealed that war veterans suffering from PTSD were able to relate to the hardships of the characters because they themselves had experienced such traumatic events in the line of their service.
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