One of the most highly-anticipated TV series on the horizon is AMC’s The Walking Dead, the zombie survival series based on the long-running and popular comics. To gear us up for the premier of the show next month, AMC has released three TV spots which hint at what we can expect from this particular zombie-plagued story, which comes to the small screen courtesy of Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption).
In case you want to know more about the plot than it simply being about zombies, The Walking Dead revolves around officer Rick Grimes (played by Andrew Lincoln) who is gunned down in the line of duty. Grimes awakens in a hospital sometime later, only to find that the world has been devastated by a zombie epidemic.
Trapped in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by flesh-eating monsters, Grimes sets out in the hopes of finding his wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) and son Carl (Chandler Riggs) still alive. He eventually encounters other survivors, including a young woman named Andrea (Laurie Holden) and Glenn (Steven Yeun), an expert scavenger.
So not exactly an original idea, but I’m very curious to see a TV series about zombie survival as opposed to a movie. Check out the three creepy TV spots for The Walking Dead below, thanks to Bloody-Disgusting:
That second TV spot looks a little too familiar for my liking: guy gets injured, wakes up in a hospital room and wonders where everyone is and why everything looks so messed up, but soon discovers there’s an outbreak of the undead. Sound familiar? That’s because it happens near the beginning of Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later. Maybe I’m ignorant to the fact that it’s a set-up used all the time in zombie survival stories, but it seems too close for comfort.
That aside, The Walking Dead is shaping up to be one of THE shows to tune in for in the near future. As I said, it’s not got an original premise but I’m curious to see the story of humans fighting off the undead in a TV series instead of in the usual two-hour movie where it’s been done to death (get it? :-P ). Apart from the 2008 Big Brother satire, Dead Set, there hasn’t really been a TV series about zombie survival, at least not in this serialized fashion.
The Walking Dead will air on AMC on October 31st this year (Halloween). If you haven’t done so already, check out the first official trailer which hit the web last month after being shown (to a great response) at this year’s Comic-Con.