When we at the Grove heard the noise about “The Walking Dead” television show back in 2010, we staggered toward it and joined the herd. Both of us have been zombie fans since childhood. George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” was the first zombie movie I saw that left me hungry for more. And every Halloween, Aquariann still dances to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” which Santa gave her a VHS of in the late 1980s.
Even as comic geeks, we had somehow missed “The Walking Dead” comics so our first introduction came with the AMC show. I was hooked from the first episode. It was the best show I had seen in years. After season one wrapped, I had to know what the books were like and tracked down “The Walking Dead: Compendium One.” I binge read it, and every compendium after as soon as available.
It is a marvel the way they move through the world after the zombie outbreak. Although the zombies are the obvious grab, the writers use them as a background for the main stories. The villains may seem over the top, but as their story unfolds, you realize they could have been people you know in everyday life until the zombie apocalypse happened. Unlike most series, there is a finite end to the cast of characters. They die and sometimes very quickly – no one, no matter how much watchers love them, is safe from death in this series.
The show will return Sunday, Feb. 12 for the second half of season 7. It’s hard to believe time has gone by so fast. If you have been living in a cave for the last 7 years, then you need to catch up on this show.
Then read the books. The two worlds are so far apart and yet so similar. Robert Kirkman is a story telling genius that keeps you guessing and on your toes. As I spend the next few weeks mentally preparing for the premiere, I highly suggest you pick up a compendium or three and see for yourself the other Walking Dead world. It does not disappoint.