FIRST: it goes without saying that this is a very, very violent video. I shouldn’t have to say that, because we’re talking about The Walking Dead, but I don’t want to hear it from someone traumatized. I’m in awe of how popular AMC’s adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s zombie apocalypse that never ends comic book has swept pop culture. Last year, Killing Time readers voted The Walking Dead the best show on TV (that annual poll will be coming up in September). The show’s sixth season is on its way in October, the fifth season hit Blu Ray/DVD today and its spin-off series premiered last Sunday.
I really wish AMC and Frank Darabont hadn’t gone separate ways after season one, because he HAD this. Not that the show hasn’t been good, but it’s gone through meandering periods, that I think wouldn’t have happened with Darabont at the helm. One of the smartest things he did was in the pilot when Rick wakes up to the zombie apocalypse, the first walker he has to put down is a child. It is a visceral gut punch. This isn’t really a scene I watch over and over, but I think it is the best of the season because it established the grit, the gore, the stakes and the tone from the very beginning. A close second in doing that would be our famous half-zombie, Hannah (shown below), who got a whole series of webisodes that made the season one Blu Ray