Guest Editorial: The Walking Dead on AMC

Poster for The Walking Dead Season OneBasic cable television has become a bit redundant for a lot of viewers who are tired of seeing the same old shows over and over again. This is not to say there are not new shows coming out as well, or that all old shows have lost their flair; however, it does occasionally seem as if television is “drying up” to some extent. This is why a number of television fans have recently discovered the extensive benefits associated with directtv satellite packages, which can offer access to premium programs and additional channels, and, therefore, newer and different TV shows. For example, the AMC network’s The Walking Dead has recently become one of the most popular shows on television, though it may not be available to everyone with basic TV packages.

For those who are not yet fans of the show, the first season of The Walking Dead, which debuted last year to widespread acclaim, follows Sheriffs Deputy Rick Grimes as he wakes up from a coma to find that the world is in a post-apocalyptic state, infested with dangerous “Walkers,” which for all intents and purposes are zombies. Rick arms himself and sets off on a journey for Atlanta, Georgia in search of his wife Lori and son Carl, who have managed to escape into hiding with Rick’s friend Shane. Rick manages to find this group and a small camp of survivors that they have organized. At the end of the season, a Dr. Jenner whispered something mysterious into Rick’s ear just before dying in a CDC explosion, right after explaining that the French may have a cure for the Walkers.

The second season of this blockbuster post-apocalyptic drama debuted on October 16, 2011, and is already showing the same promise of its predecessor. The season began with Rick Grimes and his fellow survivors deciding to leave Atlanta and journey to Fort Benning, where they may find safety, supplies, or even other survivors. Beginning the new season with a journey surely indicates something of a change of scenery for this second season, and fans are already excited to see what successes and failures the survivor camp finds on their way to the Fort.

If you have been bored with regular television programming, or have been looking for a new series to get into, you may not need to look any further than The Walking Dead. While zombie storylines and post-apocalyptic settings tend to appeal more to horror fans, there is enough real human emotion in this series to set it apart and make it enjoyable to mainstream audiences. If you are anything like the millions of viewers who have been raving about this series, you will get swept up enjoying the journey.

Find out more and watch previous episodes on the official Walking Dead site.

2 Replies to “Guest Editorial: The Walking Dead on AMC

  1. I’m not much of a zombie fan, so didn’t start watching this last season. Caught the first episode this season and see what you mean by the human emotion. I might watch the first episode on the website just to see if it’s something I’d like.

    I suggested it to my daughter, but she’s been too busy watching every teen slasher movie she can get her hands on. I mentioned it again when they replayed the first season last week, but she was busy. I gave up. But since you provided that link, she can watch when she gets around to it. That is if she ever watches what’s on the dvr: Halloween 3, 4, 5, Jason Goes to Hell, the Omen, The Crazies, Jeepers Creepers….

    1. Yes, there’s definitely more meat to The Walking Dead than most expected, I think.

      FYI, Halloween 3 is probably one of the *the* worst movies I’ve ever watched. (And that’s saying a lot as I recently hit the 5,000 mark for total number of movies watched.) It has nothing to do with Michael Myers and the plot, ugh. I still remember watching it when I was like 11-ish and being utterly pissed off LOL. Anywho I don’t normally have such disdain for any movie but for that one, I have much.

      Also, The Crazies (2010) is an excellent movie. It transcends the “horror” label.

      Finally, Jeepers Creepers is probably one of my fave creature features. My sister, who isn’t a horror fan at all, and I saw it together for the first time at a drive in movie theater that is surrounded by woods – good times 🙂

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