“The Walking Dead” livens up television

Alex Swartz ('11)/Eastside staff

While the characters of multiple prime-time television shows, such as “Lone Star” and “Outlaw,” failed to survive the turbulent year of huge television flops, Andrew Lincoln and Jon Bernthal of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” barely stay alive.  “The Walking Dead,” which is based off the comic written by Robert Kirkman, follows former police officer Rick Grimes, as he, along with family, friends and other survivors, tries to escape the almost illimitable number of blood-thirsty zombies that populate the world. 

After waking up from a coma, Grimes finds the streets of Georgia filled with death.  In search of his family, Grimes travels to his house and recognizes that his family photos are missing.  Viewers stand alongside Grimes as they watch him nearly escape the outreached arms of flesh-eating monsters, in search of his family.  However, while Grimes hangs onto his life by a thread, the ratings of his television show have skyrocketed to a future of immortality.

AMC renewed the series for a 13-episode second season only eight days after its October 31 release.  “The Walking Dead” is the most popular show viewed by adults (ages 18 to 49) in the history of cable television.  Moreover, Fox International Channels (FIC) reincarnated “The Dead” for another season, for the show’s global popularity in 120 countries is outstanding.  According to the FIC, “The Walking Dead” is the highest-rated original series to air simultaneously in each nation.

AMC announced that the season finale of “The Walking Dead,” which between its 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. viewings, amassed 8.1 million viewers, its 3.5 million adult viewers setting historical drama television records.  The show reaffirms the strength of basic cable television, and hints at the future of such stations. 

Furthermore, the finale of “The Walking Dead” has incited a wildfire of questions.  The most prevalent inquiry is undoubtedly, “What will happen next?”  With such an enthralling plot-line, “The Walking Dead” will continue to conquer the world of drama television.  Frank Darabont, creator, writer, and director of “The Walking Dead” (along with writer, director, and producer of Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile), holds the American public in his hands with each and every set direction he gives. 

The zombie apocalypse is just beginning, and in this 10-month off-season, anyone who enjoys the lingering suspense of the greatest television series ever created, can catch up on “The Walking Dead.”