Every Sunday night AMC presents something so well made it should be seen on the big screen. For a few years its been Mad Men and then Breaking Bad, well now AMC gives us The Walking Dead. Other than being on AMC, The Walking Dead has nothing else in common with those other outstanding shows. Its not about 1960’s advertising or a chemistry teacher’s attempts at financial security for his family, no its about zombies. Yup, that’s right zombies. Those brain hungry, living dead usually post-apocalyptic street walkers who’s one bite and you are one of them, zombies. So how do zombies get on AMC and not Spike TV or F/X?
Here’s how, Frank Darabont. Frank Darabont is the man who wrote screenplays for and directed The Mist, The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption. Yeah Shawshank, the highest rated movie on IMDB and nominated for seven Academy Awards. When that guy says I’m doing a show about zombies, TV execs say yes, yes you are.
The Walking Dead is based on the comic book series of the same name written and drawn by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard at different times in its run. It tells the story of survivors in Georgia who’s daily fight against zombies battle their daily fight with hunger and lack of supplies. So far three of the first six episodes of season one have been aired and the show has been such a hit for AMC, its already green lit a second full season to start production next year.
The show opened with policemen from a small Georgian town trying to stop a criminal in a car. Through the skirmish Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes is shot. What comes next is a scene very similar to Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later. Yes The Walking Dead has many similarities between 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead (and its sequels and remakes) and even the Resident Evil franchise, but that’s expected because well, there really aren’t too many ways to make a zombie movie or show look believable and not looking like Thriller.
Grimes wakes up from a coma to see the hospital empty and devastated. He runs throughout the hospital trying to find any sign of humanity and sees nothing, but dead bodies. Not knowing what happened, he runs home looking for his wife and son. He meets up with 2 other survivors, a man and his son, who explain what happened and that everyone is trying to get to Atlanta for safety. After packing a vehicle with as many guns and ammunition he can get from the police station, Grimes heads to Atlanta to find his wife and son who he assumes made it out alive.
After arriving in Atlanta (by horse), he soon realizes Atlanta is over run by the living dead, but escapes thanks to other survivors trying to rummage up supplies. The new survivors help Grimes and take him back to their camp in the woods, but leave a man behind hand cuffed on a roof top. When Grimes gets to camp he sees his boy and his wife are alive, but being a good man and cop, he has to go back to rescue the man left behind even though no one likes him or wants him back at camp.
With only three episodes left, The Walking Dead will have fans eagerly awaiting the second season. The show is so well made you almost forget its a zombie show. A critical and fan hit, its pilot episode was the most watched premiere episode for any show in AMC history and can still be found online for any new viewers. If you’ve turned away from The Walking Dead thinking its just another zombie concept for fanboys, scream queens and comic geeks, you are gravely (pun intended) mistaken.
Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes Jon Bernthal as Shane Walsh Sarah Wayne Callies as Lori Grimes
Laurie Holden as Andrea Jeffrey DeMunn as Dale Steven Yeun as Glenn Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes Emma Bell as Amy Jim Coleman as Lambert “Lam” Kendel
Linds Edwards as Leon Basset Keith Allen Hayes as Tyreese Lennie James as Morgan Jones
Adrian Kali Turner as Duane Jones Melissa McBride as Carol Madison Lintz as Sophia
Adam Minarovich as Ed Juan Pareja as Morales Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon
Michael Rooker as Merle Dixon Andrew Rothenberg as Jim Jeryl Prescott as Jacqui
IronE Singleton as T-Dog Viviana Chavez as Miranda Noah Lomax as Louis
Maddie Lomax as Eliza