I love the AMC’s Walking Dead. I am going to add some commentary on the Kenn Blanchard Show Podcast after each Sunday episode.
If you don’t know what’s all the fuss is about let me give you a primer here.
It’s not about zombies. The Walking Dead is popular because it’s good. It is based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. It’s real drama. It is more than special effects. It is more than gore. It has a community of fans that understand the relativity of the comic book adaptation. The stories show the humanity left after we no longer have to worry about jobs, careers, taxes, peer pressure, sports, debt, consumerism, or the other “ism’s” that plague our times. Now the only issue is survival. You have to judge people based upon their actions and contributions to your group. There are elements the characters hang on to in order to retain their civilized personas but the ability to go from 0-60 mph in savagery is a plus.
This season has been the best so far to me. I am going to start talking about it on the Kenn Blanchard Podcast as a feature.
The Walking Dead is originally a comic book series created by the writer Robert Kirkman and visually designed by the artist Tony Moore. 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 deserted 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 arcs 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 arcs 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 arcs 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.
The TV Show
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.
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.
Darabont and Kirkman’s work in this first season was not too much far from what the comics have established in terms of plot, despite some character choices have been done for the TV show that would take new turns for the story. This kind of decision making about characters would lead to Kirkman decide to build an alternative universe for The Walking Dead set on the television spectrum. From Season 2 on, what would be seen on TV would not be predictable by the comics.
The show would also have an emphasis in some characters in detriment to others and would spontaneously have its audiences turning some of them into bigger icons. Daryl, who doesn’t exist in the comics, is one of the most favorite characters of the show.Rev. Kenn Blanchard is a professional speaker, writer, podcaster, and digital influencer. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook He is the founder of Blanchard.Media and the GunPodcastNetwork.com