Rick killed Shane last night. So did Carl. But we thought that Carl was going to kill Rick for killing Shane. How did Shane get killed twice? Geez, that’s 2 characters killed off in 2 weeks. First Dale and now Shane. I wonder what’s going to happen next.
What am I talking about? Well if you’re a fan of AMC’s “Walking Dead” you know exactly what I’m talking about.
(By the way, Rick killed Shane who was going to kill Rick. Carl, Rick's son, killed Shane again after Shane immediately turned into a zombie and was about to get to Rick even though Carl was aiming at Rick at the time for killing Shane--is that confusing enough?)
I resisted mightily. I’ve never been much of a fan of Zombie movies—well other than “Zombieland” and “Shaun of the Dead” but those also happen to be a couple of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen. Anyway, as I tell my wife—“They’re icky. I don’t like icky.” (Hey, that’s a 60 year old guy using that sissy word “icky”, but you know exactly what I mean, don’t you).
But over the last year, I’ve gotten addicted. This is as good a piece of TV show making as I’ve ever seen—arguably better than “Mad Men”. Only HBO or AMC could have done it.
We actually talk about what’s going on with the characters and how the plot spins things out. We talk about the cast as if we know them. That’s a testament to the skill of the writers and actors who are providing the texture to the characters and blending them into the story line.
The storyline is the classic tale of “zombiedom”. As the opening of “Zombieland” said, “first there was mad cow then there was mad person and then there was mad zombie.” Nobody has really figured out what caused the dead to rise up and become zombies in “Walking Dead”. By now it’s just accepted as a given.
But, there have been hints dropped that the zombies might be changing—coming back to “life” quicker and becoming zombies without having been “bitten” by a zombie.
We discuss the individual characters and what motivates them, how they are revealing their character within the plot, their interactions and what direction this may lead the series. It’s interesting to be able to do this with a TV show rather than the usual vacuous crap that is broadcast.
If I were to attempt a synopsis of characters here it would run way too long and become twisted and tortuous. Suffice it to say, that this is well worth watching—no matter what you think of zombies. And speaking of zombies—the make up and effects are fantastic as well as the creative splats and splatters that come from skewering a zombie’s head with a pitchfork or whacking one with a baseball bat.
I’ll be watching again this next Sunday night.