Did anybody watch The Walking Dead last Sunday? Although I was completely over the endless commercials and non-stop hype, I (along with Flyboy because I'm not about to watch zombies by myself) did tune in for the premiere.
The opening was a little slow but that's to be expected when a show is trying to lay all the groundwork and backstory. Nobody is quite sure what started this outbreak but those that are bitten are quickly overcome. I was reminded a bit of Stephen King's The Stand- loads of information to sort through, gripping characters, untold depth and a core story that remains about humanity.
One aspect that interested me was the amount of time spent humanizing the zombies. They didn't all have empty, mindless eyes (which is totally scary) like you would expect of one that only wants to eat flesh and blood. These zombies seemed different to me. Morgan's wife is a 'walker' and she still comes back to the house they were staying in when she died, almost as if she remembers that her family is there waiting for her. You really felt sorry for her and I can understand the temptation to somehow try to spare/save her. The little boy, Duane, was so heartbreaking when he cried...and then you remember that he can wield a wicked mean shovel. He's a tough little guy that has seen the impossible.
I'm fascinated by this show and have high hopes for future episodes. Definitely tuning in this Sunday. What do you think about The Walking Dead? Any thoughts about episode 1? Which characters did you love/hate?