In real life probably no one believes that so called zombies actually exist, but when it’s about entertainment, these creatures totally arrest attention whether is about zombie games, movie adaptations, zombie comics, or Halloween’s masks. Last occurrence that would support this fact is the American TV series called “The walking dead”, whose first season has ended last week, and received the highest ratings of any basic cable show, ever.
This show had its premiere on the AMC network on October 31, 2010 with a 70-minute premiere episode and now AMC and the producers are probably regretting because it lasted for only six weeks. The point is that the average number of viewers of this series was 3,5 millions and the anticipation for the season finale garnered six million viewers, according to the network. With this it received the highest ratings of any basic cable show, ever, but it’s also important that the series was watched from the all-important 18-49 demographic. The last episode of “Hannah Montana” had 10.7 million viewers but its audience is under 18 years old, some final episodes of “The Sopranos” had around 13 million viewers but according to all parameters, “Walking dead” is the most watched drama series in basic cable history in the demographic.
“The Walking Dead” is based on the comic book series with the same name, made by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard,and published by Image Comics. It was developed for television by Frank Darabont and the main cast includes Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal and Sarah Wayne Callies.
It’s about post – apocalyptic horror story that follows a small group of survivors. They travel across the desolate United States, searching for a new home, trying to escape from the shuffling hordes of the undead. The main character, Rick Grimes, who was a sheriff’s deputy before the zombie attack, leads this group that faces incredible things. From one side are the zombies but on the other side here are the scattered remains of a struggling human populace. All the adventures and the fight to survive push them to the very edge of sanity. Besides the adventure there is a strong human drama, processing deep interpersonal relationships, that puts the show into more of a psychological thriller genre than an action adventure. There are some explicit scenes full with blood and killing, but for the most part the show is less about the zombies seeking brains and more about the characters and their inner battles, fighting with the possibility that they may be the last few people on Earth.
The only doubtful thing is that the first season ended so unfinished, leaving many unanswered questions, and the funs must wait till next Halloween to see the new season…