On Tuesday I was able to attend the star studded Hollywood premiere of AMC’s new series, The Walking Dead. The cast and creators of the highly anticipated show walked the red carpet outside of The Arclight’s Cinerama Dome, along with a number of other celebrities and even zombies. That’s right, zombies could be seen shuffling down Sunset Blvd and onto the red carpet, often stopping for pictures with the cast. Afterall, zombies are the stars of this new, soon-to-be hit series.
The Walking Dead is based on the comic series written by Robert Kirkman and illustrated by Charlie Adlard, aside from volume 1, which was illustrated by Tony Moore. It follows Rick Grimes, a police officer who is shot in the line of duty only to wake up in the hospital to a deserted town inhabited only by zombies and a few sole survivors. His wife and son fled town while he was in a coma, so he sets out on a journey to find them. This series is actually less about zombies and how frightening they can be and more about how grotesque in nature mankind really is. I’m glad to see a live action version of such a storyline that doesn’t involve a one liner joke after every zombie headshot. After seeing the first episode, I have a lot of faith in The Walking Dead as a show.
It held true to the comic and strayed away where it needed to. Even if you have an idea of what’s coming, having read the comics, it will still leave you on the edge of your seat and rooting for Rick to push forward. Rick is played by Andrew Lincoln, a fairly fresh face to television who people including the president of AMC, are proclaiming to be the Don Draper of the zombie apocalypse. He gives a great performance in the first episode and I can really see him blending into the role more and more. Jon Berthal is a more recognizable actor playing the part of Shane, Rick’s partner on the police force.
The first episode was also very adaptable for those entering the storyline for the very first time. Director Frank Darabont and his team did an excellent job of adapting this story for a large audience, while staying true to Robert Kirkman’s comics. I’m interested to see if it will become it’s own thing, much like how shows like Dexter and True Blood have strayed from the books they are based on, evolving into new exciting adventures previously undetermined.
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