Caitlin Rickard: Zombies are the new black

I know this topic is one that may turn a lot of people off, moreover, gross a lot of people out, but perhaps it’s time I enlighten the public.
Oct 15, 2013
Caitlin Rickard is a staff writer with The Democrat. Email her at crickard@lebanondemocrat.com or follow her on Twitter @wilsonnewswritr.
(Gene Page • Courtesy AMC • MCT) Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) stars in AMC’s, ‘The Walking Dead.’

I know this topic is one that may turn a lot of people off, moreover, gross a lot of people out, but perhaps it’s time I enlighten the public.

And here I go again confiding in you all on how I’ve changed my ways.

Does the threat of a zombie attack worry me? No. Do I think this “zombie apocalypse” that seems to be all the craze lately is eminent? No way. Does it make for great storytelling and television? Absolutely.

Remember just a few short years ago and the vampire fad that swept the globe a la the Twilight series, The Vampire Diaries, etc.? 

Well, it seems a new monster is in town, and this one, too, is dead, but they’re just a little less attractive.

I’ll admit I was all about Edward Cullen and his vampire posse after reading the Twilight saga, but that era of my life faded quicker than Jacob Black’s fake Indian-werewolf tan.

If you’ve ever watched a show on the AMC network you know they’re notoriously flawless in picking their series and have a bit of a flare for the dramatic and different. Examples include the heavily awarded Mad Men and Breaking Bad, among others.

But if you’ve missed The Walking Dead, you’ve missed out on the newest villain on campus and a television force to be reckoned with. 

I accidentally watched this show just unassumingly browsing Netflix one day, thinking ‘yeah I’ll try it out,’ simply to see what all of the goo and the gore was about.

Come to find out the show, based on the graphic novel of the same name, is one of the most heart-wrenching and awe-worthy hours on TV.

The show follows a sheriff outside of Atlanta who awakes from a coma unknowingly to find the zombie apocalypse has commenced. 

Without a human being, and more importantly friends or family, in sight, he sets out to reunite with his wife and son, while making allies and enemies along the way.

The path isn’t easy, as through four seasons Sheriff Rick and his crew has had to move quickly and fight to survive as the zombies, called “walkers,” are often on their heels.

This is not the show for you if you’re into something that’s clean and pristine where the main characters all live harmoniously together and happy in the end. I repeat, this is not the show for you.

And yeah, I’ve wept watching this monstrous show as the writers are more than happy to kill off main characters and most of the original cast from the first season is now dead.

With so many twists and turns in the plot it’s impossible to miss each week and even harder to hate. And I will promise you this; you won’t be able to relax for one minute.

Because when the dead start walking, it’s time to get running.

Caitlin Rickard is a staff writer with The Democrat. Email her at crickard@lebanondemocrat.com or follow her on Twitter @wilsonnewswritr.

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