Ever since the Walking Dead premiered on October 31, 2010, on the cable television channel AMC in the United States, viewers have been glued to their televisions watching as each episode follows the survivors of the zombie apocalypse that Rick Grimes woke up to in the season one pilot. Now you can relive the excitement of the first three episodes on AMC when they do their Fourth of July weekend Walking Dead marathon.
A weekend marathon of episodes from the zombie filled series’ first two seasons kicks off with the season one pilot in which Rick Grimes wakes from a coma to find the world changed, a lot.
The Walking Dead did so well in its first season that AMC had no problem renewing the series for another two seasons and on December 21, 2012, the network announced that the Walking Dead would be back for season four.
The series is based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln as a sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes, who wakes up from a coma (a la 28 Days Later) to find out that he is in the middle of a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating “walkers” who resemble zombies. He sets out to find his family and encounters many other survivors along the way. The title of the series refers to the survivors, and not the zombies.
In season one, Rick Grimes wakes to find everyone gone except for the hungry zombies. He meets two survivors who tell him of possible help in the Atlanta CDC and he goes there. After he goes to the CDC he then strikes out to find his wife and son. Along the way he runs into Merle Dixon, a racial bigot and thoroughly horrible human being. (Michael Rooker plays Merle to perfection) Rick handcuffs Merle on a rooftop surround by zombies. He continues his search for his family.
We won’t give away anything else about the plot of the first season in case you’ve never experienced the show and we don’t want to spoil anything for you. But with the AMC Walking Dead Fourth of July weekend marathon a mere 12 days away, we want to help you to remember this great television event.
We will leave you with an overview of the series:
The Walking Dead tells the story of a small group of survivors who are struggling to live in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. Most of the story takes place initially in the Atlanta metropolitan area and then later in the surrounding countryside of northern Georgia. The survivors are searching for a safe haven away from the hordes of hungry, predatory “walkers” or “biters.” These walkers devour any living thing they catch, and their bite infects the humans that they bite.
The plot is focused primarily on dilemmas that the group face as they struggle to hold onto their humanity during the day-to-day battle of living and surviving in a deadly, hostile world. This includes battling zombie hordes, coping with casualties and defeating other deadly and predatory human survivors who are just as dangerous as the walkers.
The group is led by Rick Grimes, who was a sheriff’s deputy before the zombie outbreak. They are faced with the never ending horror of the walking zombies and they must deal with the constantly changing dynamic of their group. They also must overcome the distrust and hostility from the scattered survivors that they come into contact with.
America has fallen to the walkers and this ever changing band of survivors are on their own.
The Walking Dead is an addictive experience and each show and season have characters who stand out. Michael Rooker as Merle Dixon was a season one stand out who keeps popping back up like a malefic Jack-in-the-box throughout the remaining seasons.
As we count down the time to the AMC Walking Dead Fourth of July weekend marathon, we’ll keep writing about the shows and ask you who your favourite characters are. We are excited about the marathon and we expect that you will be too. Keep an eye out for those walkers!
By Michael Smith