I guess this isn’t really a late review, since the third season is coming out in a couple of weeks, but this is my first review of a show that is starting the third season in a couple of weeks so in a way it is a little late. We just caught up on the second season, since we didn’t have AMC when it aired, and I have to say they stepped up and delivered above and beyond the first. As much as we (the wife and I) loved the first season we just didn’t see how a horror show, full of blood, gore, zombies, and serious moral dilemmas, would last on TV. Despite our fears, the show (thankfully) made it to a second season and now a third.
For those of you who haven’t seen this show yet, you should, period. It is scary in some points, it’s bloody and gory, but above all else it is a great story about people. The one thing this show is not, is a show about zombies. Zombies are in it, but they aren’t the focus. Despite the title, ‘The Walking Dead’, it is not referring to the undead. They are just scenery, props, the environment that our real ‘Walking Dead’ must deal with to survive. When you get to the end of season 2 you will get the more literal meaning of the title, but I’m not going to give that away now. This show will be hard for some people to watch, it will tug at your moral compass, pulling that needle from one end to the other, and many times spinning it wildly in every direction. It will make you question yourself, and those around you, wonder if you have what it takes to make some of the decisions the characters have to make. If it scares you, DVR it, watch it during the day, cover your eyes during the scary parts, but you really should give this show a chance.
This show has also broken nearly every convention in the book. Neither season 1 nor season 2 had a happy ending, leaving us wanting more, but with a feeling that the characters aren’t going to make it. They kill off main characters in big numbers so far, leaving alive some characters that have little to no lines and character development, and most times with no lead-up to let you know it’s going to happen. The show makes you empathize with the characters, especially the hero, Rick Grimes, then force him to make decisions that cause us to pull back from him, then make him to do what no one else could do. I’m not sure I could have done what he has already had to do, but it sure makes me wonder.
If you are a fan of the comics you might have noticed that it only follows the books loosely, but as a TV show it’s a story told well. If you haven’t seen it but read the books, give it a chance. Think of it as a show inspired by the comics, not the comic books remade into a TV show. I don’t think you will be disappointed. It’s back coming soon, but you still have time to catch up if you need to. We watched all 12 episodes of season 2 on Sunday, and season 1 is only another 6. Go rent them all, or get them from Netflix, and prepare for the next season.