Leaving aside the show, there’s promise for The Walking Dead in videogames, books and comics. I’ve never read the comics, but the books are excellent, as is Telltale’s adventure series, The Walking Dead. I only played the first season of the game, but I felt responsible for the characters and cared for them far more than the show. Your choices have real weight over the action. If you talk to others who have played it, they’ll probably tell you a totally different story from how your own experience. ‘What? That character’s still alive! He died ages ago in my game!’ No wonder it swept loads of game of the year awards back in 2012. Lee Everett was a far superior protagonist than Rick Grimes, and Clementine was a character you absolutely wanted to protect. It’s one of the few games I’ve played that had me in pieces with its ending. Thanks, Walking Dead. The book’s, however, focus on the series’ antagonist, total asshat, the Governor. You learn how he came to be, the construction of Woodbury and how it all works. Although, his performance in the show is awesome, easily the best character there, but they missed out on his entire identity. At least they did in the seasons I watched. There’s a genius backstory about him and his brother and when you read The Rise of the Governor, it changes how you see him.
For me, there isn’t enough meat surrounding the show’s bones, so to speak. There needs to be more there to bring back those who walked away. Every episode should leave you wanting more. I always use Prison Break as an example for excellent storytelling. Every single episode is like a short story, and they always move the main story forward in meaningful and genius ways. The first three seasons of The Walking Dead are great, excellent, in fact. But it’s been dragging on for a while now, but it’s popular. If you like your zombie fiction like that, then you’re going to love The Walking Dead, but I just want it to be braver in its efforts. I want to love the show, but it never gives me a reason to. I’m sure it’s just the show, since the games and the books are great. And I’ll bet the comics are the best of the bunch. Maybe one day I’ll read them.
Songs of the Week:
- 'Ita Mori' by Anaal Nathrakh
- 'The Joystream' by Anaal Nathrakh
- 'Midnight City' by M83
- 'Reunion' by M83
- 'Methadone' by Rise Against
- 'Survive' by Rise Against
- 'Smiling at Strangers on Trains' by Frank Turner
- 'The District Sleeps Alone Tonight' by Frank Turner