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An introduction to “The Walking Dead”

November 3, 2010

As a fan of both AMC’s previous original programming and of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic series, you can imagine the thrill I felt upon learning about the series’ upcoming adaptation. And now the show has arrived!

So what do we know going into it? Maybe you caught the trailer from 2010 San Diego Comic Con International:

Great stuff! This is exciting for a number of reasons:

1. Sounds like AMC is continuing their pottymouth tradition (I counted one each for “shit” and “ass,” you?)

2. Walker Brothers. More, please.

In all seriousness, if the trailer is an accurate representation of the series then we are in for something special. Readers of the comic book know that a faithful adaptation will have an excellent story line, and it seems as if Frank Darabont and crew have a desaturated production aesthetic that fits the tone of the source material. Those of us fearing a hyper-stylized adaptation à la the Frank Miller/Robert Rodriguez Sin City or the more recent Bryan Lee O’Malley/Edgar Wright Scott Pilgrim vs. the World needn’t have worried, since this seems more like a film (well, TV series, I guess) than a film self-consciously reminding us that it was originally a comic.

As for the casting, we really only get a taste of our hero, Rick and a little bit of his partner Shane. Those of us who heard that Andrew Lincoln would be playing the series’ protagonist and wondered if this sensitive guy:

could really man up and become a bona-fide waster of zombies, well, that remains to be seen. But you can’t deny that he’s looking the part:

Officer Sexypants

We have so many reasons to be optimistic about  this show. AMC’s track record with Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and now Rubicon, along with Darabont’s previous success with 2007’s thematically-similar The Mist, along with the fantastic story established by Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard – it’s all coming together into what we can all agree is a show with a lot of promise.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jackattack permalink
    December 5, 2010 6:25 pm

    Dude, I was wondering why that guy looked so familiar. Now that I know that he is the lovesick puppy from Love Actually, I don’t think I can take him seriously as a stone-cold zombie killer. Thank you for your insight.

    • December 13, 2010 2:20 am

      I know! I hate it when there’s one defining role that ruins an actor for anything else. Also: according to my friend Kate G, dude is a Tony Goldwyn doppleganger.

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