We love evil in our media. Audiences, readers and gamers, intake fictional narratives every day and many contain something malevolent wreaking havoc. The proof isn’t hard to come by, how many of these titles have you seen or at least heard of: NCIS, Dexter, The Sopranos, The Walking Dead, The Godfather, and Psycho? You probably recognize most of those titles, and can think of more media with similar themes. Some interesting questions arise with this revelation: Why do we like it? I argue that this dark phenomenon in our media can teach important lessons, like societies need to cooperate in order to survive as seen in The Walking Dead; but most important of all of them being that our greatest villains are far from being alien to us, but rather reflect the duality of human nature, just like when the audience empathizes with Michael Corleone’s heartbreak over Fredo’s betrayal in The Godfather Part II which enables us put aside a horrendous crime and accept it later in the movie as justified.
So there has been nothing but an increase in the belief that a zombie or zombie-like apocalypse is plausible, or even inevitable. Regardless of the "type" of zombies (which we will discuss in another story), there seems to be a similarity in what would be required in surviving such a disaster. Let us explore and discuss some of these absolutely required traits human beings would need to attain to ensure survival.
One of the most shocking moments on The Walking Dead aired last Sunday night and had too many die hard fans either angry or confused. This has been by far the worst and rushed death in the show in my opinion. When the hell did he get bit and why did they kill him off so quick? And why couldn't it have been a more intense way to go?
WARNING!!! SPOILERS OF THE WALKING DEAD SERIES AND COMIC BOOKS WILL FOLLOW!!! PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!
As part of a marketing campaign for The Walking Dead's eighth season, AMC, along with Mountain Dew, are announcing their official release of an augmented reality app called The Walking Dead Encounter. The app was given a soft launch earlier this year at San Diego Comic-Con, where fans were allowed to use the app and explore its minimal functions. At the same time, fans who used the app were asked to send their images across social media to tease the full launch.
Both The Walking Dead comics and television series are set in a post-apocalyptic landscape filled with bloodthirsty zombies, but otherwise the world appears reflective of one we live in today. Turns out, though, it was almost a full-blown space story.
We're still months away from the Season 8 premiere of The Walking Dead and we haven't heard anything in regards to plot details for Season 8, but the production team has begun teasing what's in store in the next season, namely co-executive producer, Denise Huth.
AMC's #TheWalkingDead is shuffling toward its war-torn eighth season, and the network is promising that the fight is far from over yet. While ratings may take a knock, TWD will always be known for making great #comicbook villains. Whether it be a man with an eyepatch, a woman who talks in riddles, or a Comedian from Watchmen practicing his best baseball swing, there is always somebody to boo and hiss at.
For the past seven years and seven seasons, we have watched Andrew Lincoln superbly act as Rick Grimes on AMC's #TheWalkingDead, but now there is someone else playing the gruff sheriff. Don't worry, Lincoln hasn't quit the popular zombie apocalypse in favor of the bright lights of Hollywood, however, he does have some competition in the acting stakes.
I "mustache" you a question, does anyone else sorely miss the bristling facial hair of Sergeant Abraham Ford on AMC's #TheWalkingDead? Our mustachioed maverick famously bowed out of the show in the blood-splattered Season 7 premiere, making him the first member of the group to fall foul of Negan's Lucille. There were no seals harmed in Season 7, however, #MichaelCudlitz's Abe and Steven Yeun's Glenn Rhee were both clubbed to death by Jeffrey Dean Morgan's no-nonsense dictator.
For those who already accuse Hollywood of running out of ideas — especially in the horror stakes — you had better turn back now. We might have waited some 30 years for Pennywise to bring his circus of horrors to town, and Danny McBride is currently resurrecting Michael Myers, but to reboot a series when the final film hasn't even made home-release yet is quite a feat.
We've all seen the post-apocalyptic movies in a few varying degrees in so many movies lately. It's been the backdrop of our cinematic experience for countless generations, each time devolving the world in a little different way, only to invoke varying levels of fear and anticipation for what could possibly come if our world were to meet a catastrophic end of days: