Do you like AMC’s The Walking Dead? I hear all the time that “I used to watch it.” The Walking Dead is not just another “Zombie-fest.” Zombies have been around since the African diaspora brought the myth to America. It has its homages to the George Romero the American-Canadian film director, film producer, screenwriter and editor, best known for his series of gruesome and satirical horror films about a hypothetical zombie apocalypse, beginning with Night of the Living Dead.
The TV series premiered in October 2010 on AMC channel as a 7 episodes only first season. At the time, AMC was a growing cable TV channel and the budget for that pilot season was moderate. Nevertheless, the rates were quite expressive and the show was promptly renewed for a second season.
The AMC’s Walking Dead comes from a ten year old comic book that is still being written by Robert Kirkman of Skybound Comics.
An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months, society has crumbled: There is no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. Rick Grimes finds himself one of the few survivors in this terrifying future. A couple months ago he was a small town cop who had never fired a shot and only ever saw one dead body. Separated from his family, he must now sort through all the death and confusion to try and find his wife and son. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally begin living.
Despite being a thematic series revolving around zombies, Kirkman developed a novel alike writing focusing on human nature, as well as the extreme relationships settled in the post-apocalyptic scenario he developed for the universe of the series. The first issue of the comic series was released in 2003 and so far, there are over 20 comic volumes already released. The success of the comics would inspire the adaptation of the story to other medias, like television, a novel series and a video game series.
Most of The Walking Dead’s plot is settled around the survival of the character Rick Grimes, his family and companions. He introduces the reader to the the post-apocalyptic world of the series after waking up in a desert hospital of his hometown Cynthiana, Kentucky.
He was shot in line of duty and hospitalized but, despite it is never too clear how it happened, it seems to be the result of the imminent chaos spread around America after the zombie event.
During the first volume of the comic, Rick reunites with his family, his son Carl and wife Lori, as well as he establish a relationship with most of the main characters of the series.
The plot’s arch of each comic is settled around how Rick and the survivors will handle their lives and establish themselves once again in the brutal scenario of chaos left behind.
Kirkman develops the story in an elliptic fashion about what is going on in the world outside the lives of the characters, being unclear whether the zombie apocalypse is happening only in America or around the world. As the story advances throughout the series’ volumes, the plot thickens and more complex arches are introduced to lead the scenario of the series to a denouement.
Despite being centered on Rick’s journey, The Walking Dead has a set of main characters that become remarkable for the story. He will be often seen besides his son, Carl, whose growing up journey will also be a main key of development since he starts the series as a 10 years old kid and becomes a meticulous killer man.
Rick also would met characters like the scavenger Glen, the religious farmer Hershel, the tough and skilled Andrea, as well as the mysterious and iconic Michone, who becomes a second main character along the story famous for her killing with a katana sword.
Some villains of the comics are also famous and iconic for the lore of the series. During one of the first volumes, the introduction of the character The Governor would be one of the most thrilling and well received arches of the series.
A psychopathic and tyrannic alike kind of villain, the Governor sets new grounds for the developing of the series when the story leaves a more centric and character-focused development to a pillage war style of narrative. From 2011 to 2014, Kirkman and Moore would release two novels centered around the Governor.
Though today the comic books of the series are quite famous, most of this mainstream success was brought to the the series thanks to its adaptation to television in 2010. The Academy awarded film-director and screenwriter Frank Darabont teamed up with Kirkman to adapt the story to a television show narrative.