While AMC’s The Walking Dead is indisputably a hit with viewers, some have complained that the show – about a group of survivors trying to stay alive in the midst of a zombie apocalypse – was a little light on the one thing many were expecting from the series: a plethora of skull-bashing, brain-splattering, head-cutting zombie kills.
“How many zombie kills did The Walking Dead season 1 offer?” I hear you asking. Well, lets put it this way: today we have a video where savvy editor Eric Linn cut every zombie kill from he show’s six-hour season into a sixty-second montage.
As you watch the video, I’m sure you’ll notice (as I did), that most of the Zombie kills are stacked in the first two episodes of the show, which makes sense, considering that Rick Grimes’ (Andrew Lincoln) ill-advised visit to Atlanta was the biggest hotbed of walkers we’ve seen to date. From that point on, the only other real big showdown between the human survivors and the zombies came at the end of episode 4, “Vatos”, when the survivor camp was overrun (overwalked?) by zombies. After that, the season ended with two episodes that were nearly zombie-free – much to the chagrin of some fans.
Check out every zombie kill from The Walking Dead season 1 below:
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The Walking Dead is not a show ABOUT zombies. It’s a show ABOUT people, which simply uses zombies as a backdrop in order to enhance the severity of the survivors’ plight and spotlight everything that makes us human by juxtaposing that quality – humanity – against creatures which are no longer fit to be called so.
In my humble opinion, the show shouldn’t feel mandated to feature a zombie-killing quota every episode – only when the creatures’ appearance is warranted and organic. If I was watching a show where so-called survivors kept running into their slow-limping tormentors every time the show aired, it wouldn’t be too long before I started wondering just what the hell was wrong with those dummies.
That said, I do hope that The Walking Dead season 2 does present us with more zombie-tastic situations for Rick and Co. to overcome. As our own Paul Young pointed out: if you find yourself in the zombie apocalypse, running away for as long as you can isn’t necessarily the best answer. Sometimes, a strong offense is the best defense.
What did you think of the video, and did the show have enough zombie killing for your liking?
The Walking Dead season 2 will air on AMC in Fall 2011. Look for the season 1 DVD/Blu-ray on March 8, 2011.