That said, I love “The Walking Dead.” I’ve watched all three seasons on DVD (usually in marathons) and must congratulate those who participated in Zombies for Piece on their undead performances. For the most part, they were very convincing, and never left character.
What’s so great about “The Walking Dead,” especially to a non-believer like me? Well, like “Breaking Bad,” it is extremely well-written and acted. From the first season, I got involved in the characters and their plight and cared a great deal about what happened to many of them. I never thought I’d say that of a show about a zombie apocalypse, but I’m saying it.
The zombies (or “walkers,” or “biters”) aren’t really the point of the show, anyway. Hit one in the head and 40 more take its place. They literally move in herds and aren’t all that hard to escape (unless you are very unlucky). The point is how the survivors band together and create little mini-societies that rely on many of the same rules as the larger civilization that was just destroyed.
On every episode, the characters face life-or-death choices that pave the way for some pretty fascinating discussions of morality and human decency. They constantly grapple with what is right and wrong — and, like all of us, usually make poor decisions. (A poor decision in their world often results in getting munched on by a walker.)
The show itself is gorier and more graphic than anything I’ve seen on TV — or even in most movies — and if it weren’t such a great drama, I probably would not watch it. I’m taking a break from the series for the time being — haven’t watched a minute of the new season four — but Zombies for Piece kinda made me want to throw on a few of my favorite episodes from the past three seasons. Or learn the dance steps to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
Oh, and organ donor awareness — it’s a good thing!