Thursday Segment – The Walking Dead Chow Down
I love Zombies. I am not sure why, or when this sickening lust for the undead began, but it is palpable. I love zombies so much that my second WIP is about Zombies. I am so excited about this project I can barely contain myself. Since I pine for zombies and zombie culture in a most non-sexual way, it makes sense that I would be obsessed with The Walking Dead. When I heard this show was coming around I thought, “meh, zombie television. Who needs it?” But the best part of the show is not the zombies chasing the humans, or the growling.
As a writer, it is of course, the human element. It is the character dynamic. The protagonist, the non-zombie antagonist and everything in between. I mean, yeah, the zombies are creepy – the way they appear out of no where – but the creepiest part for me is the dynamic between Rick, Duane, Dale and of course, Andrea.
I love Andrea. She is totally the person I want to be when the shit hits the fan for the real zombie apocalypse (yeah, it’s coming). Don’t believe me? Read World War Z and get a bit of info. Or, you could wait for the movie (to be released 12.21.12).
Back to Andrea. She is not mushy or wishy-washy. And she can strip a rifle faster that you can say “take cover.” She doesn’t get too emotional like Lori (who annoys me with her selfishness). So far she hasn’t gotten attached to any men.
Shane is a drama queen (even though he is a dude). I don’t like him and I think he will stir quite a ruckus this season. When he shaved his head last season I was impressed with the showing of the character change. He killed someone and then shaved his head with a razor. I felt astonishment during that scene. I knew where the writers were going. Shane was not a nice guy anymore. The audience needed to know that without someone having a conversation with him about how “un-nice” he had become.
The zombies are really catalysts. They invoke a primeval instinct in the humans; within the group and other humans they come in contact with. Fight or flight. In this case, it is fight within the flight. The humans flee from zombies all the while fleeing from the parts of themselves they try to hide from the others.
I hope there are other “walking dead heads” out there who share my enthusiasm for the upcoming season!
Stay tuned each Thursday for The Walking Dead Chow Down. I’ll be posting tidbits on the previous Sunday’s episode and peeling back the layers of the Who! What! Where! When! and Why! Join in the discussion and fun.