The Walking Dead Kills It

The Walking Dead’s Season 3 premiere rocked, especially the silent beginning of the well-organized, finely-tuned zombie killing machine that has become Rick’s group since we last saw them, and the last five minutes or so of the show that saw Hershel get bit, his leg hacked off by Rick who showed no hesitation in doing so, and a group of prisoner survivors. Check out this article that talks about this premiere shattering the old ratings and thereby making ratings history.

The premiere also confirmed for me what I have been pondering to do since I watched the premiere of Revolution.  I have officially cancelled the series recording of Revolution on my DVR.  I just don’t have the time to watch a show that at best, is a very pale version of TWD.

With that being said, I wonder what TWD and its rating bonanza says about our society.  Are we really going the way of Ancient Rome, becoming more and more desensitized to violence, demanding it more and more, which then is happily supplied to us so that we are essentially pacified and not a threat to the government?  Or does the popularity of TWD have more to do with the unease we as a society feel in our current times rather than a genuine craving for graphic violence?  I vote for the former.

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