The season seven premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead has left fans around the world mortified after the gory death of two fan favorites, Abraham Ford and Glenn Rhee, at the hands of long awaited comic book villain, Negan.
Michael Cudlitz (Ford) knew a year and a half before hand that he was deemed “it”. They spread a rumor that none of the cast knew who was it to stop internet trolls from spoiling the show for everyone. The peace sign to Sasha was added in last minute as a way for Cudlitz’s character, Abraham, to express a creative way to say good bye.
Abraham’s last words were a Cudlitz classic. Robert Kirkman (creator) let him pick his own last words. Glenn’s last words couldn’t have been more sad. After already being struck twice with Lucille he was barely able to mumble, “Maggie. I’ll find you.” His last words were taken as him expressing a belief in afterlife by fans. But Steven Yeun (Glenn) said he believed the words were just the first thing he could think of because he and his wife were separated in season four and his whole mind was focused on finding Maggie.
“I think Glenn was fighting to find words and ‘Maggie, I’ll find you’ was a callback to another experience and another time when he really was trying to find her. Maybe it was a subconscious thought or maybe something he held onto for a while that was his driving force, and when he got smashed in the head, it just brought it to the forefront. There are so many ways to look at it.” said Yeun, as reported in Counselheal.com.
The Walking Dead is popular for with Ridley students.
Carly Lownes, a tenth grade EMAC student, likes it for its bloody and gory nature, “I like the gore and all the zombies.”
Others are drawn to the zombies too.
“I like how realistic the show seems, it’s actually realistic and if a zombie apocalypse actually happened, it could be similar to the show,” says Joey Rizzuto ninth grade Emerald student.
Many people were lured in from the first season. Although season two was the least successful out of the six completed seasons.
The Walking Dead is different than other shows in many ways. One is the amount of gore allowed to be shown and how relatable the characters are, they don’t feel fake. Even the zombies themselves are different.
“It’s my show because I attached myself to the characters and now I can’t stop watching and it also holds my attention,” said Rizzuto.
The Walking Dead is popular because Kirkman’s take on zombies, called “walkers”, revolutionized the idea of reanimated corpses feasting on people.
It seems this zombie behavior is just right for fans.