For those of you who haven’t watched AMC’s “The Walking Dead” before: shame on you, you’re missing high-quality programming and one of the best shows on TV.
You can repent of your TV-viewing sins this weekend as AMC broadcasts each of the series’ 19 episodes to date—with a break during the Saturday-Sunday overnight hours—beginning July 7 at 9:30 a.m. in Provo.
In a move seemingly aimed at fans of “The Walking Dead” comic book series—upon which the show is based—the network will unveil a black-and-white version of the series’ first episode on Sunday night at 8 p.m.
Then again, the black-and-white episode might also be intended to attract fans of the 1968 classic, “Night of the Living Dead.”
Talking About “Walking”
Before the black-and-white revamp, a new episode of the series’ wrap-up talk show—“Talking Dead”—broadcasts on July 8 at 7 p.m. and will include guest panelist Drew Carey.
“Talking Dead” episodes include “Walking Dead” crew members and celebrity guests that are fans of the show. Past guests include Jon Heder, Patton Oswalt and Alice Cooper.
If you’re pumped about Season 3 after the marathon—and I’m betting you will be—a sneak peek at the upcoming season will be shown during the “Talking Dead” broadcast.
Not enough? Try this on for size: segments filmed on the Season 3 set of “The Walking Dead” featuring Chris Hardwick—host of “Talking Dead”—will be shown between episodes during the marathon.
What’s So Special?
I grew up on zombie movies and came to the realization that by the late 1980s, the genre had become tiresome and predictable. Because of this, I was not very excited when “The Walking Dead” premiered on Halloween night in 2010.
However, from the moment the series opened with a dramatic scene involving Rick Grimes, one of the show’s main characters, and an undead little girl toting a teddy bear, I was hooked.
I was further enthralled by another of the premiere’s scenes in which Rick awakes in a hospital bed unaware that the zombie apocalypse had commenced while he was in a coma.
As the story unfolded, it became evident that what I was witnessing was a reinvention of the zombie genre I’ve known since childhood.
As a youngster, the thrill of the undead feasting on the living was enough for me, I didn’t care about the zombies’ or victims’ background, I just wanted more of the undead!
As I’ve grown older, however, I’ve come to embrace the beauty of character-driven drama, an exquisiteness that “The Walking Dead” delivers in copious amounts—though not always in aesthetically-pleasing packages.
Don’t get me wrong, “The Walking Dead” delivers plenty of undead-on-living violence and gruesomeness to keep those who expect such things from zombie entertainment happy. However, the show also gives depth to its characters and the nightmarish world in which they live.
Not only is “The Walking Dead” storytelling at its finest, its actors also deliver the goods in a way that keeps viewers fully invested.
You will come to empathize and care for the living as they struggle to find their place in a world inhabited by the non-living.
If you’re new to “The Walking Dead,” there’s one piece of advice I’d like to give you—expect the unexpected.
And, in case you’re wondering, the show’s title refers to the non-zombies in the show, not the living dead.
Just a little tidbit I picked up from watching “Talking Dead.”
Although AMC hasn’t announced an official premiere date for Season 3 of “The Walking Dead,” word is it will hit the airwaves sometime in October, which makes this weekend’s “Dead-a-thon” just what Hershel ordered.
Who’s Hershel? Just watch, you’ll figure it out.
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