The Walking Dead is one of the top-rated shows of all time, and is consistently ranked as #1 or #2 in the ratings on Sunday nights—sometimes, it even beats out football. The show, based on a comic book series of the same name, has quickly amassed a large amount of fans that can’t get enough of the series. But why is The Walking Dead so popular? What about the show makes it appeal to so many people, who continue to watch the show even after four seasons?
It’s got great characters
There is a character for just about everybody in The Walking Dead. If you like take-no-prisoners badasses, there’s Rick post season 2; if you’re looking for female characters with an edge, there’s post season 2 Carol and every season of Michonne; there’s Daryl, for people who like strong characters with secret hearts of gold; there’s Glenn, for people who like intelligent characters who use their brain more than brawn; there’s Hershel and pre-death Dale, for people who want a wise old man who acts as the voice of reason—and so on. Viewers love to connect with the characters in the TV shows they watch, and The Walking Dead provides ample opportunity for viewers to find someone (or multiple someones) to connect with.
It’s got intense action
Although the show does have some lulls in action, when the show gets intense—it’s very intense. The show has gruesome zombie kills, nail biting chase scenes, and even shoot out fights that can leave you breathless. The show’s director is excellent at shooting action and manages to put viewers in the front row of the carnage—whether they want to be there or not! This type of action is relatively rare on TV shows and is usually reserved for feature films, which makes The Walking Dead unique on TV.
It has an emotional core
Yes, the show has action; yes, the show has kickass characters. But it also has a great emotional core at its center that elevates the show above the typical zombie movie or action series. The Walking Dead makes you care about these characters, their relationships, and their ultimate fate. It can even make you question your own morality and your own ability to make decisions in a seemingly impossible world, and make you ask: “If it were me, what would I do?”
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