“The Walking Dead” series has infected viewers with a contagious love of zombies since it premiered on AMC back on Halloween 2010 and it is now finishing up season four.
The current season premiered on Halloween to 16.1 million viewers, the highest rating to date. The season is already 12 episodes deep into the 16 total episodes.
The first three seasons of “The Walking Dead” show a group of people in a post-apocalyptic world join together and slowly become a family while fighting off “biters” and trying to find a place to call home.
I have been a fan of “The Walking Dead” series since I first discovered it while on a weeklong Netflix binge.
In the midst of my newfound addiction, season three left me at the edge of my seat wanting more. And to salt the zombie-infected wound, season four started off to a painfully slow start. None of my questions from season three were yet to be answered.
A few episodes into the fourth season, I found myself feeling sorry for the governor, a psychopath with a taste for power and blood. I was beginning to mask all the horrible events that the governor executed with a façade of compassion for his relationship with daughter and girlfriend.
In retrospect, I realized that my feeling of empathy for a blatant, murderous psychopath says a great deal about the well-being of my own mental state but, nonetheless, is a genius tactic used by the writers of the show.
The trend of in-depth psychological episodes continues in the second half of season four, following a climactic and eventful midseason finale. Finally, I will find some mental resolve regarding the history of the elusive, but badass, female cornerstone of the series: Michonne.
While the walls of their sanctuary of a prison came tumbling down, it seems that the walls of Michonne’s traumatic past did as well. Each episode gives the viewer a little piece of the puzzle of Michonne’s dark, relentless, Samurai-sword wielding character.
It may come as a surprise to most viewers but she was not, in fact, running around as a ninja in the pre-apocalyptic world. She was a normal woman with a family of her own. But, without giving away any spoilers, as her post-traumatic stress is finally addressed, she seems to become more open with the characters that have finally become family in season four.
If you are not already a “biter” lover then I highly recommend “The Walking Dead” series. It’s definitely not too late to start. If you’re like me, you’ll catch up to season four in the course of a weekend.