At the beginning of the summer, I distinctly remember being reprimanded by a friend who had discovered that I had never seen The Walking Dead. Her specific response was something along the lines of “????????????” I just didn’t understand what was cool about a show about people killing zombies. I didn’t understand the appeal of the end of the world as we know it.
But, since more freedom and time is usually a side effect of summer vacation, I took it upon myself to catch up with the rest of the world on their obsession with this post-apocalyptic fantasy. There are six seasons of TWD (on Netflix). I watched them all in one month. I’m still very embarrassed, but more importantly, I am permanently shook.
If you’re living under a rock like I was, TWD is about the life a man, Rick Grimes, navigating his way through a zombie-filled world after waking up from a coma. It is one of the most watched television shows in the world, unsurprisingly.
What I find particularly compelling about The Walking Dead is its commentary on the nature of humanity and what it takes to completely change the course of it. There were many moments that I thought that the show couldn’t be any more heart wrenching, but it did exactly that. It got worse. And the more I watched, the more I couldn’t help but think about what would happen if the world ended right now. Especially since this seems more probable everyday.
It wouldn’t be a zombie apocolypse, but I can’t help but think about the way humanity would change in a post-apocolyptic world. I want to think it’ll change for the better.
Additionally, the show has made me wonder a few other things: How far is too far? Is anything too gruesome? How come all the people of color are dying? Do they need another Korean? Because I am available.
Anyway, I hope that this column helps me answer the last two questions, or at least explores them in a greater capacity. Honestly, a zombie apocalypse doesn’t seem so bad compared to the current political climate. I’m joking. Maybe. We’ll find out.