“The Walking Dead” phenomenon

It seems everyone these days is entranced by the new zombie show “The Walking Dead.”

Originally “The Walking Dead was a black-and-white comic book series written by Robert Kirkman. The comics came out monthly. The story followed Sheriff Rick Grimes, his family and a various selection of survivors as they tried to survive in a new world shaped by the

A zombie from the show, season 4 episode 1. Image from amc.
A zombie from the show, season 4 episode 1. Image from amc.

zombie apocalypse. The comics were first published by Image Comics in 2003.

Kirkman now works as a producer for the show, and orchestrates many of the deviations from the comics. This show has developed into a nationwide craze. Just recently, “The Walking Dead broke records for the percent of adult viewers and total number of viewers overall. According to Entertainment Weekly the Oct. 13 premier of the show had 16.1 million viewers. The zombie drama’s return also captured an earth-shattering 8.2 rating from adults 18 to 49. If all the broadcast dramas that aired that Sunday night were put together (“Once Upon a Time,” “Revenge,” “Betrayal,” “The Good Wife,” and “The Mentalist”) they still wouldn’t match “The Walking Dead’s” demo rating.

Not only is the show topping ratings over other dramas, but lately it’s been beating out NFL games which average an 8.0 rating according to Entertainment Weekly. Being three episodes into the season, this zombie thriller is holding viewers’ attention and “The Walking Dead” cult is going strong. There are tons of viewers that claim that if certain characters die, they’ll quit watching.  If you’re not sitting in front of the TV at 9 p.m. on Sunday, you’re missing out.

Over time, as viewership increases and the money comes in, the zombies and graphics have become a higher quality. Now the producers have been utilizing reusable mechanical zombie heads which look more realistic than some actors. The blood and guts factor is pretty high too. So, if you aren’t watching it now, you should be. Eventually this show will be remembered as a classic zombie saga.