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Fleshing Out the Walking Dead
In the absence of all else, we must maintain hope. It is said that hope springs eternal, but when everyone around you is either crazy, or infecting with a virus that causes you to crave human flesh, well, you may need something more than hope. A Colt .45 is a nice place to start but with as many are infected on AMC’s The Walking Dead, a machine gun would be much better.
It still amazes me, even as we enter the undead halls of the building a Season 4, I am still unsettled by the beauty of the makeup of these revenants. Each one looks a little different with oozing open sores, black gums, Kool- aid stained tongues and voice timbers all singing the same cacophony of “arrrrggrrrhhhgggh. ” It is beautifully terrible as the remnants of the human race fight for survival.
It is not as if the humans are teaming up to ensure that the race continues, they are all still fighting for power, killing each other so one rooster can rule the hen house. There is enough chickens for everyone, although the palates may not be as refined.
The savory show with many unsavory characters is one of the most watched shows in basic cable history. It is based on the Robert Kirkman comic book series published by Image Comics and each season we are introduced to more drama as the wraiths of mayhem search for food and human search for ways to stay alive. Season 4 was introduced in two parts, with the first airing in October and the last eight episodes returning in February. As you can see I am catching up.
While I watched the three episodes that I missed, I found that after the prison was over taken by the rebels, the people who made it out on the bus actually did not make it out on the bus. The wheels on the bus came to a grinding halt as all the people infected turned. In others words, in the appropriately named episode Claimed, each person is mission critical. However, not all of them are very smart.
As wonderful as it is to see them working together, it is equally troubling to see the factions that are created to take advantage, rape, pillage and cause mayhem. The contaminated flesh eaters may be the ones infected, but as the show demonstrates, we are all subject to the virus of greed. Whether the gluttony be the result of an overzealous need to have more women, time or resources, the show churns on introducing new characters to make us hope. It is unclear if in the end they will survive, or whether the show is a parable to where we are headed, but it is good television.
Tune in on Sunday Nights for The Walking Dead on AMC at 9/8c.