The Truth Behind The Walking Dead
You want to know the truth about The Walking Dead? Well, it’s not really about zombies. At least, not in my opinion. Maybe I overthink things (I have definitely been accused of this more than once!), but there is so much more to the series than the zombies. I didn’t watch it for the longest time because I really wasn’t “into” zombies, but after a few seasons, I decided to start at the beginning and see what all the fuss was about. Now I’m hooked. But it’s not the zombies that keep me coming back for more. In fact, I really could do without all the blood and guts.
So if The Walking Dead isn’t about zombies, what is it really about? It’s about people. People living in a world struck by an extremely traumatic apocalyptic event that pits people against one another. It’s about learning to survive in a world where it doesn’t matter how much money you made before zombies took over the world or even what it was you did before that happened. No. In this world, everyone is on level ground. Furthermore, there are no rules anymore. And no one around to enforce any kind of rules.
One of the common themes in the series is how to live with the things you have to do in order to survive. The rules are different when you are trying to protect yourself and the ones you love, but how much do you let it change you? How much should you let it change you? There’s no question that you have to change in some way in order to survive but is it worth living if you have to do things that go against your moral standards in order to do so? I also absolutely love the character development in this series. There is so much growth in the main characters from season to season, and it is cool to see how the show handles everyday things like children growing up, people falling in love, women having babies, etc.
It’s probably just the therapist in me, but I really like seeing how the group dynamics change as characters come and go, as well as how the group deals with things. For example, if the world was overtaken by zombies and the world as we knew it was over, the group you belonged to would be trying to get to supplies before other groups. And if you came upon someone who was all on their own, but still human, how do you know you could trust that person and bring him or her into your group? The easy answer would be to take in anyone and everyone, but people are complicated and not everyone always has good intentions. Taking the wrong person in could be the undoing of your entire group and everyone you knew and loved that was still alive. The show certainly gives lots to think about!
I am reluctant to join the mobs of Walking Dead fans, but I just can’t help myself! Please tell me I’m not the only one out there with these ideas!
Have you ever seen a TV show that really shocked you?