I hope your Love Day was full of love! Today is the President’s Day holiday; however, I am working and not complaining about it! Let’s talk television – The Walking Dead. Season 6 premiered last night and reminded me why I love this show. So if you don’t know about The Walking Dead, it is an apocalyptic adventure that follows a mixed bag of survivors as they try to navigate this new and crazy world full of good guys, bad guys, and yeah zombies or as they are affectionately known walkers. Let me tell you what brings me back to AMC on Sunday nights at 9…
1. The Walking Dead is filmed in and around Atlanta and other parts of Georgia – the Hollywood of the South. Did you know Georgia was number 4 in movie/television filming in the U.S.? Being a native Atlantan, it thrills me to see my hometown week after week and learn about new towns like the infamous Woodbury home to the prison that was central to seasons 3 and 4
2. Strong female characters are significant to the show. Michonne, Carol, Maggie, and Sasha do not run and fall down and have to be saved in stereotypical girl fashion. No ma’am, they pull out their revolver, katana, or hammer and fight back and they do the saving. It is so refreshing to see women characters that lead, make decisions and exhibit strength and courage when faced with the impossible
3. This show is not afraid to take chances. You remember the days when a leading character could pretty much count on getting a check every episode? With this show, key characters and fan favorites get killed off as with my most loved Hershel in season 4. I shed some crocodile tears when they killed him off the show. I always say, if you get cast for TWD, don’t make any major purchases because you could get axed in any episode
4. You know a show is good when it has its own after party, hosted by Chris Hardwick. The Talking Dead airs right after the show with special celebrity guests and analyzes the previous episode. Funny and informative with sneak peeks and deep conversations, it is a must see after the show. You can even call in with questions
5. What The Walking Dead does best is force us to ask tough questions. Who would you be in this environment? We would love to think we would maintain 100% of ourselves, our humanity. But, as they say desperate times call for desperate measures. Could you kill, maim, bamboozle, and defend strangers to survive? What role would your faith play?
Repeatedly, I have said this show is not about zombies at all – in fact, they are somewhat anecdotal to the show. Last night confirmed that The Walking Dead is an ongoing class on how to be a human being. The Alexandria townspeople were deathly afraid of fighting the walkers – remaining locked in their homes without ever killing any walkers. Nevertheless, by the end of the episode, they realized they could not survive without banning together and getting some blood on their hands. In life, you cannot stand on the sidelines and hope to be saved, you have to jump out there and do your part to save yourself and in many cases, save other folk too.
Do you watch The Walking Dead?
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