Based on a series of graphic novels by Robert Kirkman (who is also one of the writers on the show), “The Walking Dead” (9 p.m. Sundays on AMC) is a heart-wrenching horror/drama centered around a group of ordinary people trying to survive in the worldwide disaster of a zombie apocalypse.
The relentless hardships that the show’s beloved characters endure not only draws viewers closer into the show, but also gets them to ponder their own lives and how they would handle it if faced with such a situation or decision.
“I like the suspense,” said diehard fan Christopher Palmer, a junior at North Tonawanda High School. “You get attached to the characters. It really brings you in.”
The series has sparked many debates among fans over who their favorite character is. The clear fan favorite seems to be Daryl Dixon, the tough, crossbow-wielding backwoodsman played by Norman Reedus.
“The Walking Dead,” unlike most other shows on TV, is well-known for killing off its major and most beloved characters. It’s infamous death toll has had fans both crying and cheering. Aside from suspense, thought-provoking situations and character attachment (and sometimes detachment), the “gore factor” has always been a huge component. With it’s gruesome zombie effects and grisly death scenes, its no surprise that “The Walking Dead” has been called the goriest show on television. Judging by this season’s premiere episode, “30 Days Without an Accident,” the guts and gore this season are going to be more vivid and gag-inducing than they were in previous seasons.
The walkers are not the only things Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and the rest of the group have to worry about. Other living people have been a major problem for the group many times throughout the season, the most influential being the Governor (David Morrissey), the one-eyed sociopath mayor of a surviving town called Woodbury. The finale of last season left us with the Governor killing most of his soldiers, and being forced on the run, leaving the inhabitants of Woodbury to take shelter in the prison that Rick’s group calls home. This left viewers with the exciting hope of a new set of characters.
In the first few scenes of the Season 4 premiere, we see that the group has started to create a small civilization inside the gates of the prison, including a farm (complete with pigs) and a nursery for the children. The episode also shows the desire of Rick’s now teenage son Carl (Chandler Riggs) to grow up and start taking responsibility, despite his father’s disapproval. Viewers also were introduced to Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gillard Jr.), a former Army medic who wants to start “pullin’ his weight” around the prison, despite his blunder that results in the death of a young man and almost himself and several other characters.
Andrew Rossi is a junior at North Tonawanda High School.