The Walking Dead (TV Series) Why Many Enjoy Watching…
The Walking Dead (TV Series) why many enjoy watching it is my biggest question since it has been on TV for six seasons, going on seven, with a season eight, renewed in advance, and maybe many other seasons which we yet do not kn0w.
Zombies are not my favorite style of action, adventure or suspense form of shows to watch. Ever since “The Walking Dead,” started airing, I tried to become interested in it but it just did not seem to catch my attention.
As many other seasons came about, I tried to watch the first episode upon seeing how things have improved, but even still I was not interested.
But, now that we have ended with the seventh season, going into the eighth season, I just had to ask, through a google search, “the walking dead why so popular” and two sights popped up and on one of those sites, I discovered something interesting.
Before I share what got me interested, let us first declare just what a zombie is when being defined.
When it comes to an Englishing understanding of the word “Zombie,” wiki states that it was “…first recorded in 1819, in a history of Brazil by the poet Robert Southey, in the form of ‘zombi’. The Oxford English Dictionary gives the origin of the word as West African, and compares it to the Kongo words nzambi (god) and zumbi (fetish).”
We can understand, by what I shared from wiki, that “zombie” was not much of an English word until the early 1800s. And, English, as we know it, came about through four stages:
Stage 1: Old English (450-1100 AD)
Stage 2: Middle English (1100-1500)
Stage 3: Early Modern English (1500-1800)
Stage 4: Late Modern English (1800-Present)
and, whether we like it or not, our “English language” will still continue to “…change a lot during…” during this lifetime.
So, what was it that got my attention to then again become interested in “The Walking Dead” TV Series?
What gathered my attention was this one site that listed “7 reasons why ‘The Walking Dead’ is so popular.” One of those seven reasons had this to share:
“It cares about its credibility. Zombies do not exist, but “The Walking Dead” makes you believe they could. The reason the show is so scary is because it doesn’t seem that far from a possible truth. And with the focus on humanity instead of horror, “The Walking Dead” tells a zombie apocalypse tale that’s relatable. Similarly, Greg Nicotero takes meticulous care for the show’s walkers — largely created with practical effects — to look real as they stumble through the woods and murder main characters.” [Source]
So, as we see, from one of the seven reasons…, the person is up, and ready, to admit that “zombies do not exist” but that was only a starting point that got my attention. What really got my attention was when they shared this:
“If viewers pay close enough attention, they can even notice that the walkers look more and more decrepit with each passing season as they age and starve without as many people left to feast on.” [Source]
Since I skipped around on the page, at first, I then notice at the top of the site that the writer stated that “It’s not about the zombies.” So, if The Walking Dead is not about zombies what is it really about I then must ask which the writer stated:
“Here’s a secret about ‘The Walking Dead’: The zombies are a set piece. Yes, the series takes place in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested world, but it’s about how humans react when their humanity is stripped from them. The zombies are a metaphor,
The writer states, in their own opinion, of the TV Series, that the zombies are to be pictured as a metaphor and that the real meaning, behind the series, is “…how humans react when their humanity is stripped from them.”
So, the real reason, at this time, on why I got a little interested in The Walk Dead TV Series is because of the word “metaphor” the writer used towards explaining why the series has gone on for many seasons, and maybe many others to come,
I think this is a good place to end right here, and maybe in another article, I might write a little bit upon metaphors.