I have to admit that when I first decided to stream AMC’s The Walking Dead I was skeptical. I did not expect to like it. I’m not a big horror fan and gore’s not really my thing. But I dove in and from the moment Rick Grimes rode down I-85 into Atlanta on horseback, I was hooked.
If you’ve watched the show for any length of time, you quickly realize that the “walkers”, or zombies, are just the wallpaper of the show. Sure, they feature prominently in certain episodes because you need to understand the magnitude of what the characters are dealing with. But over time their noises become almost soothing and the sight of them ceases to shock as they fade into the background of the drama. What shines through for me in every episode is the indomitable force of the human spirit and the power that we harness when we put aside petty differences and work together for the common good. In a world that is so polarized by gender and identity politics, The Walking Dead is a beacon of hope.
Season 7 of The Walking Dead returned on Sunday, and by now Rick’s crew includes people from all walks of life.