My Sunday nights used to be all about folding laundry while watching The Amazing Race. I fantasized about racing around the globe and winning a million dollars, as I paired socks and folded underwear. I was so caught up in my fantasy that I missed out on a lot of good TV and found myself bingeing on Breaking Bad to stay current and feel a part of things when Juan and I were invited to attend a finale party. My fantasy racing around the world made me late to the party at Downton Abbey and almost caused me to miss out on another popular TV series, The Walking Dead.
I never thought I would enjoy a show about a zombie apocalypse, and I scoffed at the idea of such lowbrow TV. How could a fan of Downton Abbey find anything remotely interesting about a television series about survivors of a zombie apocalypse? The series is set in the southern USA after a zombie epidemic wipes out most of the population, leaving only the undead and those fit enough to outsmart and outlast the brain eating walkers. Even though The Walking Dead’s premise did not appeal to me initially, I heard so much buzz about the show I decided to give it a try.
Before we left on our trip to Italy Juan loaded up his IPad with movies and the first season of The Walking Dead. Since I can sleep almost anywhere, I caught up on much needed rest on our flight to Rome. Occasionally I would wake up and glance over at Juan with his eyes wide open, fixated on his iPad. By the time we landed in Rome I was feeling only a little tired but Juan was both fatigued and pumped up on adrenaline from watching the first few episodes of The Walking Dead.
On our first day in Rome we toured the Eternal City and at night when jet lag kept me awake, I watched The Walking Dead. Exhausted from the flight, Juan was finally able to sleep while I caught up with him on the AMC series. From then on, we watched episode after episode while we waited for trains, at night in our hotel room and on the long flight home. When we returned from our trip we were hooked on the series and quickly watched the entire 3 seasons on iTunes or Netflix. By the time the fourth season premiered last month, Juan and I were among the many fans waiting to see how Rick and his Zombie apocalypse survivors were faring. We have not been disappointed.
The fourth season has had a lot of plot development. As is typical for the show, the creators have not been afraid to write off characters who have had major roles throughout the show. That’s all I’m going to say about that. I don’t want to be a spoiler for this who haven’t hooked into the show yet.
Juan and I have to careful talking about the show and spoiling it for our 15 year-old son Nico. Even though Nico has never been a fan of horror or scary films, he was intrigued by the premise of The Walking Dead. I told him the show was more about survival and the dynamics of a group trying to make it through an apocalypse. A fan of The Hunger Games, Nico enjoys reading and watching science fiction stories, and playing strategy games. Nico decided to give the series a try and after the first episode was hooked. Now, in addition to his talk about superpowers, he has begun discussing how he would survive a Zombie apocalypse. This week I was doing some shopping and I found this:
Needless to say, I bought it as a Christmas gift. Am I creating a monster? I hope not. Once Nico catches up watching previous seasons, maybe he and I will be able to watch the series together. Right now, for me, watching The Walking Dead on Sunday nights sure makes folding laundry a lot more exciting.
Do you watch The Walking Dead?