The best show on television, AMC’s The Walking Dead, was ignored again by the Emmys (except for a single nomination in the prosthetic makeup category). While the show is lauded by fans and critics alike, the Emmy voters prefer to bestow their accolades on the likes of Mad Men and Downton Abbey. While Mad Men was shut out of the writing and directing categories this time, it still got a best drama nod, while American Horror Story got a leading 17 nominations, inexplicably in the mini-series category, even though it runs more episodes than some shows in the drama category.
Besides the fact that The Walking Dead gets three times the viewers of Mad Men, it is a far deeper, more intricate show. While Mad Men deals with self-absorbed, unlikeable characters dealing with what kinds of ads to run, The Walking Dead deals with the everyday struggle just to stay alive in a world gone to hell, with likeable characters you care about, dealing with family, loyalty and humanity, fighting against the constant threat of outside forces, both human and inhuman. So, tell me which show has more depth. Plus, when it comes to action and excitement, Walking Dead wins hands down.
With the acting catgeories getting as many as seven nominations, surely there was room for some of The Walking Dead’s outstanding performers. Andrew Lincoln, Laurie Holden, Scott Wilson, David Morrissey and Michael Rooker, to single out a few, all delivered amazingly layered and nuanced performances that showed change and growth over the course of the season. And, again, they are dealing with much more immediate and serious issues than Don Draper and associates.
As for some of the other instances where Walking Dead could have received some recognition, how about the tremendous score by Bear McCreary, which goes from pulse-pounding to heart-wrenching? And what about the episode, “Home”, which featured an attack on the prison, that was one of the most thrilling, suspenseful action sequences ever seen on television. Where was the nomination for its director, Seith Mann? Plus, a number of episodes could have earned a writing nod as well.
While the Emmy people did give well-deserved nods to Bates Motel’s Vera Farmiga and some of American Horror Story’s cast, it missed the mark again with Fringe’s John Noble, and in what may have been the most incredible performance of the season, Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany in the little seen BBC America show about clones. And, with past shows from St. Elsewhere to The Wire virtually ignored by the Emmys as well, certainly The Walking Dead is in great company. But, let all those who work on this television masterpiece take comfort in the fact that they continue to deliver the best and most compelling show on television. In the end, that’s really what matters most.