I love scary shows. I can’t quite put it into words, but that feeling of being scared – there’s nothing quite like it. Catching a fright from shadows on walls. Odd little sounds that seem so much more threatening than they really are. Heart racing. Adrenalin pumping. Shouting “DON’T GO IN THERE!” as if the characters can hear you through the screen. I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it.
Enter The Walking Dead.
And exit most of my friends and family who cannot stand scary things. But I’m more than content to watch this on my own, as I mentally make notes on how to defend myself in the event of a zombie apocalypse (NB: Find a Daryl Dixon equivalent and all will be okay).
I had never heard of this show until a friend told me about it (shout out to Toni) and once she had described it, I knew I had to get my hands on it. So there I was. 11pm at night. Alone. Episodes at the ready and a vague idea of what was in store for me. And boy, did this show deliver!
For starters, kudos to the special effects team for creating the most incredible looking zombies I have ever seen! They are both extremely horrifying and fascinating at the same time. Secondly, thank you to the writers for not being afraid to kill off main characters… again and again and again. I love you and hate you for it.
Just as you think the show is going to go in one direction – BAM! Another character that we have bonded with (if they’re around for long enough) disappears, and we’re left speculating who could possibly go next. I sometimes wonder if the writers use a giant dartboard with all the characters’ names on it to decide who is next to meet their untimely demise. Obviously they’re being guided somewhat by the comic books, but I like to think they have their own bit of fun with it every now and then.
I do however have one gripe about the show… Season 3 seemed to lose some of its momentum. From being fast paced and all about survival of the fittest, the show turned into a sad version of Prison Break – except this time they were trying to stay inside the prison instead of break out. Gone were the swarm of zombie attacks, farm takeovers, bloodied battles and action packed victories. Sure there were still a couple of moments that left us on tenterhooks, but the atmosphere seemed to shift from frenzied to safe.
But never fear! Good news has arrived for the fourth season and I cannot wait until it takes over our screens again in October. Producer Gale Anne Hurd stated it perfectly by saying, “We’re going to amp up the threat of the walkers, because they’ve started to seem like a manageable threat. They are not a manageable threat.” And I for one could not be more pleased.
So here’s to more zombies/walkers/biters making things less peaceful for our beloved survivors in season 4. Oh, and one more thing.
If Daryl dies, we riot.