Spoiler Alert: If you are not caught up on The Walking Dead, don’t read this post or the comments.
The Walking Dead on AMC is the only television series that I find interesting enough to follow.
I’m guessing the people who browse this website have similar tastes and that a lot of readers caught the season finale which aired tonight.
If you haven’t heard of The Walking Dead by now, you have been living under a rock for the past two years. The show is about a group of survivors in Georgia who are living in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse.
Here’s a brief recap of the major events of Season Two:
(1) The Atlanta survivors wrestled with the reality of the post-apocalyptic world on Hershel Greene’s farm outside Fairburn on I-85 and over the course of the season began to mentally and physically adapt to the new world.
(2) The Dale Horvath character who is the old liberal who drives the RV was gutted by a zombie after unsuccessfully pleading with the survivors not to “reject their humanity” by killing a dangerous prisoner. Dale didn’t want to live in the “survival of the fittest world” and quickly met his fate.
(3) Rick and Shane spent the entire season fighting over how the Atlanta survivors should live in the post-apocalyptic world and over Rick’s wife Lori who was shacked up with Shane in season one. Rick is ultimately forced to kill Shane in an alpha male showdown over Lori and over Rick’s leadership of the group.
(4) Rick ultimately comes to realize that Shane was right. After killing Shane, Rick’s leadership is questioned by the survivors and he finally snaps and screams at them in the season finale that “this isn’t a democracy anymore.”
(5) The Atlanta survivors are forced to come to grips with the fact that human survivors are often predators who represent a threat to their own survival. They save Randall from the zombie horde, imprison him in the barn, bungle their attempt to set him loose, and finally kill him in the end.
(6) Hershel’s character evolves over the course of season two. He realizes what he was a fool he was for keeping dangerous walkers in the barn. He wrestles with his Christianity and ultimately chooses the survival of his family over strangers like Randall.
(7) Andrea, the civil rights attorney who wanted to commit suicide with Jenner at the CDC, is transformed under the influence of Shane into a hardcore survivor. She comes to agree with Shane that the old world is dead and only halfheartedly supports Dale in the vote over Randall.
(8) Hershel’s farm is overwhelmed by hundreds of zombies in the season finale. The group is scattered in the chaos but reunites (minus Andrea, who is saved from a walker by the samurai sword wielding negress Michonne from the comic book) on the interstate. The prison is briefly shown at the end which is where season three will take place when it debuts in October.
Season Three will introduce The Governor from the comic book as the arch villain who is the psychopath leader of the survivor town of Woodbury, GA. Merle Dixon is also confirmed to return in some kind of role. There will be hell to pay when Merle gets his remaining hand on T-Dog after what happened on the roof in Atlanta.
The only thing that sucked about The Walking Dead this season was the Asian nerd Glenn hooking up with Hershel’s daughter Maggie. That’s reportedly in the comic book though. Otherwise, it was interesting to watch the liberal world collapse and give way to the zero sum world of the zombie apocalypse.
I think the liberal world will collapse one day, not from a zombie apocalypse, but because it is financially unsustainable due to global aging and changing racial demographics. There will be people like Dale who won’t survive The Day The EBT Card Stops Working. Their humanist principles will end up getting them killed.
It is people like Merle and Daryl Dixon who will thrive in the zero sum world of the future. There will have to be leaders like Rick Grimes who are capable of making the tough decisions. It won’t be a liberal democracy. I think that is why The Walking Dead has proven to be so popular.
There was a sigh of relief when the Dale character was knocked off by the zombie this season. He was annoying the audience with his sanctimonious preaching. No one really agreed with Dale anymore.
In my view, Dale represented the liberal bullshitters on television like Chris Matthews and Lawrence O’Donnell, the class of people who were dominant before the apocalypse. His death offered a cathartic release for the survivors. It allowed the group to move forward and adapt to their new environment.
We’re tired of the Dales of America. Men are tired of this world. Women are tired of it too. The Walking Dead captures the zeitgeist perfectly.