Attention zombie fans: let us all collectively breathe a sigh of relief because the day we have been waiting for is finally here: The Walking Dead is back! We’re all reeling from the mid-season finale (or at least I am), but the suspense has been killing me to see what is to come for our ragtag group of characters.
Some may not see the appeal of The Walking Dead—and I’ll admit, until about a month ago I was of the same mindset—but there is more to this apocalyptic show than just a group of people slashing away at zombies.
Whether you’re on the fence about watching this show or just need a reminder as to why you’re a fan, here is a list of reasons why The Walking Dead is a show everyone and their mom should watch. (Except for tiny humans…)
10. The evolution of characters
There are characters that you hate (ahem, Shane) and characters you love (Hershel, Daryl). Some characters you love from the beginning and end up hating as their story evolves and some characters you thought you would never like you end up praying for their survival. The writers of TWD really know how to hook you with the characters.
9. No one is safe.
Seriously, no one is safe. You can’t go into this show and truly be attached to any character without being warned of inevitable heartbreak. Just like in a true zombie apocalypse, no one’s safety is guaranteed.
8. Open-ended storylines
This is just good writing, but certain characters’ will leave the group and we won’t know their outcome until two seasons later. It’s stuff like this that keeps you coming back. You’ll get a hint of hope or a glimmer of some kind of mystery, and you won’t get answers or even a mere mention of anything for at least a few episodes. Darn those sneaky writers and their ability to build suspense.
The voice of reason in the group, Hershel is just a lovable old man who you can’t help but love. It’s characters like him that give you hope for all of humanity.
6. Zombies aren’t the only villains
Sure, it’s the zombie apocalypse and these “walkers” tend to be the ultimate antagonist of the story, but scarily enough, oftentimes humans are more deadly and menacing than any zombie out there. For example, the Governor. Man is he creepy.
5. Characters’ pasts
We never get the full story (at least not yet) of who certain characters were before the whole zombie thing happened. We know who they are now, but we don’t know what has brought them to become the person they are today. Again, those sneaky writers.
4. Strong female characters
Maybe it’s the bit of feminist in me, but I love that TWD has some strong—and often bad-ass—female characters. Sure, certain female characters I found to be extremely annoying (sorry Lori and Andrea), but Michonne is the epitome of cool and Carol has evolved from a mousy woman into a lady that does whatever it takes to survive.
3. Every episode is an emotional rollercoaster.
It’s kind of traumatic.
2. Daryl Dixon
I had to restrain myself from making Daryl Dixon reasons 1-10 as to why to watch TWD. But for real, isn’t he the only reason you truly need to watch this show? The answer is yes.
1. “We can come back. We can all change.”
Despite being in a zombie apocalypse and being put through hell and back—having to kill and constantly risk your life—you are always able to “come back” to yourself. The good is able to prevail.
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