Friday , 20 October 2017

Walking Dead survives for 5th season!

WD gets a season 5

You would have to be a zombie recently shot in the head not to think that AMC would renew its monster smash hit “The Walking Dead” for another season. But AMC President Charles Collier made it official.

“We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anticlimactic renewal announcements ever: ‘The Walking Dead’ is renewed for a fifth season,” Collier said. “This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season, most recently – and most notably – with the season four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history. On behalf of the incredible team on both sides of the camera, thank you to the fans and here’s to more ‘Dead.’ ”

Scott Gimple, who took over as show runner this season, will return, which is good news as he’s been with the show since season two, and this will give the show some continuity and stability. Also, the creative team continues on with executive producers David Alpert, Gale Anne Hurd, Robert Kirkman, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse. As for for which cast members will be returning for a fifth season, in the death-filled world of the zombie apocalypse, that is anyone’s guess.

2 comments

  1. The success of AMC’s The Walking Dead has nothing to do with zombies. However, it’s their presence that serves as a catalyst to explore dramatic situations that modern life and it’s mundane paradigms have marginalized. Just as the fictional zombie apocalypse allows the show’s main characters to remake themselves into the heroes (or villiains) they’d like to be, The Walking Dead allows viewers to vicariously experience powerful life and death scenarios that have been made irrelevant in the age of the tweet or the Facebook “like,” wherein all emotion is a forgettable impulse. The Walking Dead, like Shakespeare’s work, is visceral drama for the common man, and it speaks to and explores the tensions behind struggles that transcend pop-culture while ironically becoming part of its lexicon.

  2. I agree with a lot of your very insightful comments. But saying the success of The Walking Dead has nothing to do with zombies is like saying the success of Jurassic Park has nothing to do with dinosaurs, or the show Supernatural has nothing to do with the supernatural. Any show or movie that works does so ultimately because of the characters, making you care about them and how they interact, regardless of the setting or what goes on around them.

    Zombies have always had a rather niche, cult audience. For all of George Romero’s notoriety, his films have never been huge hits at the box office. Prior to Walking Dead, only the recent Dawn of the Dead remake and Zombieland could be said to have had a real impact in theaters. So, clearly The Walking Dead has tapped into something in today’s audiences that previous undead offerings haven’t been able to, which you touch upon. And the recent worldwide smash World War Z shows that audiences are eating up entertainment where zombies serve as a backdrop to stories where people are simply struggling just to survive. In an age where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, it’s a topic that a lot of people can relate to.

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