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The Walking Dead and Zombie Slots

Posted by THEPOGG on Oct 11, 2018

The latest incarnation of Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore’s iconic comic book series sees the “The Walking Dead” hit our screens for its 9th season, as you get to sit back and watch all your favourite characters take on an inexorable tide of zombies, bad guys and the sort of personal demons you can only acquire when your nearest and dearest have tried to chew your brains out.

The series has seen some big changes over the last 9 years, with many of the characters from season 1 failing to make it along for this most recent instalment. I won’t go through who is still with us, who is dead and who has become one of the show’s “Walkers” for fear of spoiling it for anyone who might want to pick things up this far down the road but what I will say is that by the end of this series things will have changed more than ever.

At the end of this up-coming run the show’s biggest star, Andrew Lincoln , will be hanging up his Stetson and cowboy boots and heading off to pastures new. From season 10 onward Rick Grimes will no longer be the poster boy of zombie killing and exactly what that will hold for the future of “The Walking Dead” will remain to be seen.

For Andrew Lincoln it has been the role of a lifetime but one that must now come to an end. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly , Lincoln stated that he is leaving the show to spend more time with his family:

“The plain and simple answer is that it was the right time for my family.

“The fact of the matter is, I can shut off my heart for a good distance, and I’ve had to do it for eight years, but I have to come home. It’s a very painful decision, but it’s the right decision.”

For fans of the show this could turn out to be the death nail for “The Walking Dead”, with viewing figures failing to reach the heady heights of season 5, when the season opener saw the show tip the scales at well over 17 million viewers.

It is hard to see the series surviving without the show’s main star. Many would argue that at 9 seasons it has had as good a run as just about any TV series you can think of and that Lincoln’s departure might just speed up a process that was already in motion.

However, there have been fans of “The Walking Dead” long before Andrew Lincoln rode into Atlanta’s deserted streets and faced off against his first onslaught of “Walkers”. In fact, back then, in 2003, when Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore created the first edition of the much-loved comic book series Lincoln was best known for being the unreliable, cock-sure Simon in Channel 4’s hit series “Teachers” .

The comics have always been ahead of the TV show, with Rick Grimes continuing to be a central character many editions down the line. This has led some to believe that Rick will not die in Lincoln’s last series and that the door might remain open for him to come back for cameos or a more regular role if other ventures don’t work out for the actor.

It would be foolish to believe that the comics and the TV are exactly the same. When you only have to worry about pen on paper there are few factors that have to be considered. When writing “The Walking Dead” TV show writers had to plan an exit for Rick Grimes that would fall way short of what has happened in the comic books. When the show was in its infancy Lincoln told the writers that he would stick it out for 8 seasons before he moved on, meaning they have had plenty of time to prepare for Lincoln leaving. When that time finally came around during the filming of season 8 Lincoln had a fleeting change of heart. He revealed that, “Season 8 came, and I realised that rather than have the funeral, I had to prepare for the funeral, and I had to make sure everybody was comfortable with the funeral arrangements. And I don’t think I was ready for the funeral! I was like, ‘I don’t think I’m ready to go yet!’ I said to my wife, ‘I feel overwhelmed. I can’t do it!’”

The show’s success was originally built around the horror of the zombies themselves. It is a tried and tested formula that goes all the way back to George A. Romero’s 1968 “Night of the Living Dead”, the first film to envisage zombies as reanimated cannibalistic cadavers. Whilst zombie movies have been around since the 1930s it was the ambling relentlessness of Romero’s brain eating hordes that become the genre’s template. The same resilient tenacity that was literally ceaseless until the zombie brain was crushed defined those early shows, as Rick and co struggled to come to terms with a world that had been flipped on its head.

Fast forward a few seasons and killing zombies looks as easy as swatting flies. It was no longer the infected that our heroes needed to worry about, now the real danger came from those who had manged to survive in such a hostile environment.

“The Walking Dead” struck on the idea that zombies are nothing more than mindless feeders, programmed by a disease to act on one, and only one carnal instinct. There is nothing sophisticated or calculating about them, and if we should feel anything for zombies, perhaps sympathy would be the best place to start before putting them out of what looks to be genuine misery.

As the seasons went by it became man’s inhumanity to man that brought the show’s the real horror, with one episode in particular highlighting this more profoundly than any other. “The Walking Dead” became a drama, with complex characters and complex relationships, set in a grim but relatively simple world, where surviving became an art-form, where the next best thing to finding a cure was to find people to share the world with that could be trusted.

Fans of “The Walking Dead” are motivated to watch the show for the same reasons that fans of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Eastenders” are. They love the characters, are deeply invested in their stories, want to know if they’ll fall in love, live or die. These are the fundamentals of any TV show, without them you have nothing.

Having zombies to go along with all that; well that just happens to be the show’s bonus.

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