The Walking Dead show returns Sunday with a fifth-season premiere titled No Sanctuary. Once misconceived by some and called a corny TV drama dismissed as a silly zombie show is nowadays impatiently expected to begin.
Already a hit for the nascent cable network AMC when it debuted on Halloween 2010 with 5.4 million viewers across the U.S. and Canada, The Walking Dead closed out its fourth season this past spring with 15.7 million viewers. Here are 10 reasons to watch the Walking Dead TV Show.
As an introduction for the ones who’ve been living under a rock, Frank Darabont, who has directed such films as The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, developed this show. The Walking Dead centers around a man named Rick Grimes, played by actor Andrew Lincoln. Grimes is the leader of a small group of people trying to survive in the rural outskirts of Atlanta after the world as they knew it was destroyed by a zombie apocalypse. There is no mention of how the zombie apocalypse originated. All we know is that the United States government has been overrun and citizens have been left to fend for themselves. Infected people are stricken with a debilitating fever that kills them within days but brings them “back to life” as zombies. These “walkers” cannot run, are unintelligent, feel no pain and eat people. The only way they can truly be killed is with a fatal blow to the head. Grimes’ job is to ensure the survival of the group, which includes his son and wife, as they attempt to find a safe haven to build a new life.
1. Zombies aren’t the only villains
Sure, it’s the zombie apocalypse and these “walkers” tend to be the ultimate antagonist of the story, but scarily enough, oftentimes humans are more deadly and menacing than any zombie out there. Or even the program makers match this category, as they are not afraid to kill off characters you care about.
2. It’s got Strong female characters
Maybe it’s the feminist in me, but I love that TWD has some strong and often badass female characters. For instance Michonne is the epitome of cool.
3. The fact that anybody can die any moment now.
The show is powerful and I would dare to bet that you’ll be crying at some point. Characters from all spectrums will meet their end and the tears will flow. Watching the characters fight for survival is compelling. Most of them are ordinary people who led very different lives before. Now they all have to face enormous challenges, and deal with losing people they love and finding shelter and food. And as well as the ‘walkers’, they also have to face hostile living people
4. It Poses Questions
The series isn’t just a simple question of dispatching zombies (although there are plenty of impressive zombie kills). It also poses a lot of intriguing questions. What caused the epidemic? Who will survive? What kind of society can they build when every day is a struggle? You can also see parallels in the show – do the zombies represent any threats to our way of life?
5. It’s full of moments that send chills down your spine
Some episodes of The Walking Dead can seem a little slow, but they’re often setting up the Big Reveal that makes you sit up and shout ‘Whoa!’ These moments are nicely spaced out and always unexpected. The instant when we realize what happened to Sophia, or what happens when a character dies, are subtle and chilling at the same time.
6. Character development
Over its four series, The Walking Dead has shown a lot of character development. Sometimes they really surprise you with what the characters do. The rough Daryl starts to show a human side, and sheriff Rick has to fight dirty.
7. Zombies are the pretext for something deeper
You don’t have to be a fan of the zombie genre to enjoy The Walking Dead, as it focuses as much on the interaction between characters and the way they cope with the loss of civilized life. You also don’t need to be familiar with the graphic novels.
8. It’s a Rorschach test
We see what we want to see. It’s possible no two people will watch The Walking Dead the same way. One person will look and see Mad Max; another will look and see Canterbury Tales and Pilgrim’s Progress, set against the backdrop of a world gone mad, a dystopian future where technology has failed and nothing works.
9. It’s the good kind of scary
I don’t like shows or movies that scare me with what I view as a realistic threat such as murderers, pedophiles and sharks. As far as I know, there is no possibility whatsoever of zombies actually chasing me for my flesh. Well at least this is what I think. So I can watch The Walking Dead and go to sleep unafraid that what I just watched might possibly come to actually haunt me to death.
10. Oh, Daryl!
Well, who wouldn’t want Daryl on their side in the event of a zombie apocalypse? He’s good with a weapon, knows how to catch something for dinner, and can whizz you away from danger on his motorbike. He’s definitely the most interesting character in The Walking Dead.