March 6, 2014 Walking Dead
“You fight it. You don’t give up. And one day, you just change,” Carol says in The Walking Dead. I got the AMC TV show on DVD this week. I heard about the show since it began in 2010, but had never seen it. Finally, I noticed Season 2 on the shelf at the library and grabbed it. I wasn’t sure I’d like the post-apocalyptic horror series, but the characters are well written and I found myself drawn into these tragically violent lives. The group dynamics reminded me of Lost a bit. After all, without any superficial order human beings quickly dissolve to their primal instincts. Disorder and continuous dissidence abounds. Identity is no longer a fixed thing. We see that for new encounters and new situations, people often take on new identities as well. These issues or elements make for a very good drama even if that idea of zombies seems silly at first.
Watching the series, I identified with the zombies first since I was so damn tired! The more I watched though, the more I realized that the main characters were slowly using their humanity. Though still alive, they lost a bit of their souls with each death—both of loved ones and walkers. Being stuck in survival mode takes its toll and that is something I definitely relate to this week.
Though my divorce hardly resembles a zombie apocalypse, I think this quote is apt to end with. “The world we know is gone, but keeping our humanity? That’s a choice,” says Dale.