One of T.V.’s most popular shows The Walking Dead just premiered last Sunday. It attracted 12.3 million views and shows no signs of slowing down.
“It’s a gory thriller of epic proportions” – Gregory Bottoms.
With thrilling battles between the dead and the remaining numbers of the living, along with depressing and heroic deaths of characters that everyone has come to love, The Walking Dead is chock full of hair-raising drama that will literally leave you hungry for more.
The Dead Start Walking
The comic series The Walking Dead became reality in the year 2010 with the airing of the first episode of the first season. The ratings slowly climbed, taking the series to the top. Now its popularity has spread like the zombie virus itself, with contests of how you could win the very car the actors used to evade the dead, to the most recent contest of proving how you are the biggest fan among millions of others.
The comic is still ongoing, which is paving the way for the T.V. series. Where will this series go? How is the end going to come to the end of the world apocalypse? Will we ever know?
The Dead Start Talking
Finding subjects to interview about The Walking Dead wasn’t hard, especially when you pass them while they happen to be talking about the season 3 premiere while sipping on some hot coffee and eating some lunch. So, jumping at the opportunity I sat down and asked them a few choice questions that a loyal fan would want to know.
Asking the first and most important question, “Are you a Walking Dead fan” was something that any fan would want to relate to another about.
“I’m a 6.5 on a scale of 1 to 10 kind of fan”- Devon Byers
Devon Buyers is a senior at the University of Wyoming who is an avid viewer of the Walking Dead series. He had told me that he has watched every episode and has fallen in love more and more as the seasons go on. Byers talked about how he loved how gory the first season was and how he loved all of the killing and the epic trials that the main character of the series had to face. Loving the type of hero that doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty, Buyers couldn’t stop talking about Glenn, another key character of the series. When asking him why he replied,
“Glenn takes charge and has the bravery of a lion. He does all of the dangerous things that the rest of the group is too afraid to do. He really goes back to his ninja roots in this series!”
On the other hand his counterpart friend didn’t have much of the same things to say about the show.
Gregory Bottoms is a new-found zombie lover. Starting at the beginning of season two, Bottoms has continued to keep up with all of The Walking Dead’s action.
“I would consider myself a fan, but I’m still on the fence on whether it is going to be on my list of shows to watch.”
Unlike Byers, Bottoms wasn’t intrigued about the dead coming back to life and feasting on the living. He claimed to have started to watch it because everyone wouldn’t stop pestering him about it. The third season proved to be Bottoms favorite season due to all of the blood and gore that apparently was missing in the first two seasons. “There were a lot more one-on-one battles that showed how much each character has grown stronger.” Bottoms, also being the gory type of movie goer, is excited that season three has quenched his thirst for more gore in the show. Unlike Byers, Bottoms’ favorite character was T-Dog. When asking why he said it was because “the man went out with a bang”. He loved how T-Dog laid down his life in order to save a member of the team who happened to be a damsel in distress. Letting the zombies feed on himself while holding them back and even chasing down a zombie that was going for Carol, T- Dog showed society that chivalry was indeed very much alive in a world that was very much dead.
How Will The Apocalypse End?
With the comic still going and the end nowhere in sight, everyone is wondering how this all will end. When asking Byers and Bottoms, each of them had a different theory of where this T.V. series might me headed.
Byers explains ” Rick will have to get over his insanity, or if he doesn’t then he will probably end up killing someone. However, if Rick were to kill someone I hope that it is going to be Merrel Dixon.
Now not many know who each character is but Merrel Dixon is one of the bad guys of the show who ruthlessly kills without remorse and has recently taken away a valued member of the group, his little brother Darrel Dixon. At this point in the show Darrel has become one of the favorite characters and a valued member, so I’m sure that his theory of where this show should head would be one that everyone would agree with.
” I hope they reunite with Darrel, kill the Governor get Marrel, shoot him with a tranquilizer, cut off his other hand, give him a gun as a sick joke and leave him out in the forest for the walkers then the group should head out here to the West.” -Bottoms
Apparently, Bottoms felt more strongly about the death of Marrel, and has more of an opinion on where the group should head from where they are currently, but at least both of the interviewees finally agree on something. Again not knowing who the characters are, the Governor is a man who was the leader of a small town that built up defenses against zombies, but what everyone doesn’t know is that he is as rotten as the corpses that try to have you for their next meal.
The Walking Dead website on amc.com has many different ways of teaching new-comers, such as Greg, where the characters have been and where they are going. There are also fun games that put you right in the action, or a quiz that tells you which character you would be on The Walking Dead.
Make sure to catch the next episode of season 3 this Sunday at 8:00 p.m.