The Walking Dead

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Name: The Walking Dead
Abbreviation(s): TWD
Creator: Robert Kirkman, Frank Darabont
Date(s): October 2003 - present (comics)
October 2010 - present (TV series)
Medium: comic books, television series, video game, novels
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: official site
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The Walking Dead is a monthly comic book series that has been adapted into a popular AMC television series.

The Walking Dead tells the story of Rick Grimes, a small-town sheriff's deputy who awakens from a coma into the midst of a zombie apocalypse. Rick reunites with his family and becomes the leader of a small group of survivors as they fight for survival against "walkers" and humans alike.

Fandom

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The TV series fandom found a fan-favorite with Daryl Dixon (played by Norman Reedus), a character that is not present in the comics. Daryl is often woobiefied and/or whumped in fanfic.

TWD fandom is also often accused of being misogynistic, due in part to the blind hatred of Lori Grimes prevalent in many parts of the fandom versus the general acceptance and even idolization of Shane Walsh.

In 2016, Walking Dead was ranked number fifth in the Top 20 "most reblogged" live-action television show on Tumblr, gaining eight spots in popularity from the previous year[1].

Pairings

  • Rick/Lori, Shane/Lori, & Rick/Shane/Lori -- Canonical love triangle
  • Daryl/Carol ("Caryl") -- Canonical UST, though some interpret their relationship as mother-son (despite the actors being only three years apart in age)
  • Rick/Andrea (rickandrea) -- Canonical in the comics only
  • Bob/Sasha ([1]) - canonical in the TV series
  • Carol/Tyreese ("Cyreese") - canonical in the comics, yet to appear in the TV series
  • Tyreese/Karen - canonical in the TV series
  • Rick/Michonne ("Richonne")

Discussion & Controversies

Treatment of Female Characters

  • Numerous instances of rape or attempted rape occur in the comics, all of female characters apart from the attempted rape of Carl, Rick's 10 year old son; most of these are seen as clear instances of fridging the victim in order to give male characters motive for revenge and/or manpain. Particularly infamous is the rape and torture of Michonne by the Governor as the catalyst for Michonne's revenge arc (which also led to accusations of racism because Michonne is black).[2] Robert Kirkman addressed this in a letter in issue 36.[3][4]
  • The Governor raping Michonne was altered in the TV series to the governor sexually assaulting and threatening to rape Maggie--this scene, and Maggie and Glenn coping with it later, met with mixed reviews[5][6][7]. Earlier in the TV series, Shane attempted to rape Lori, and Randall's group were mentioned to have raped multiple women (cliche way of proving they're Bad?). TWD video games and novels also include references of women being raped.
  • Criticism of gender roles in Season One, e.g. women doing laundry while the men fight zombies
  • Killing of the Female Characters: Amy Harrison, Sophia Peletier, Lori Grimes, Andrea Harrison, Beth Greene

Accusations of Racism

The TV show in particular has been accused of being racist. Early seasons appear to get the biggest criticism:

  • The lack of development of black characters, especially in comparison to the comics [2] [3], enraged some of the fans. Development and notable action sequences performed by POC in the comics have been given to white characters on the show.
  • Early seasons (1 and 2 especially) seem to follow TV's One Black Man (or Obligatory Black Guy) rule, where no new POCs are introduced as long as the "main" black character is still alive. This became especially evident when the show killed off T-Dog before introducing Tyrese to the cast.

It's worth pointing out that the show has gotten much better when it comes to racial diversity as the season progressed, and the writers has introduced a number of POCs to the main cast, including Michonne, Bob, Sasha and Rosita. Of course the influence and screentime of those characters is still topic of discussions among the fans, as some are not satisfied with little to no development those characters have on the show.

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References

  1. 2016′s Top TV Shows - Live Action
  2. Race in The Walking Dead essay
  3. Race in The Walking Dead, Part 2