My family has been infected by zombies
My family has been infected by zombies. It’s true. And, to be honest, it’s my fault. I guess I should explain…
It happened when I least expected it. I guess I should have expected it. I had been writing about zombies and reading about zombies and laughing at zombie cartoons for the last several months. But, I never thought they would actually break into my own house and infect my family.
It started one Sunday afternoon. At first, everything was normal; at least, I thought everything was normal. But, before I knew it, my wife and my daughter had been infected. I tried to protect them; I thought I had protected them. But, it was too late. I could tell right away that they were infected.
Within a few days, my son was infected also. My family… infected by zombies. My WHOLE family… infected… defiled, spoiled, tainted, transformed…
… by The Walking Dead!
You see, even though I’ve been writing about zombies for the last few months, I had never actually seen an episode of The Walking Dead. I prefer the older, psychological horro movies and books to the newer, gorier versions. (For example, one of my favorite authors is Edgar Allen Poe.)
But, since I’m writing for Zombie Theology (and since I’m, in fact, one of the administrators), I decided that I should start watching the series. AMC TV showed all of the episodes from Season 1 in the hours leading up to the premiere episode of Season 2. I started watching the Season 1 episodes that Sunday… and I started watching them alone.
Why did I start watching them alone? Because my wife does not like horror at all! And, my son and daughter have not been interested in zombies. So, I started watching the Season 1 episodes of The Walking Dead by myself. Soon, my wife and daughter wandered into the room and began watching with me. I stopped the DVR, but they said I could finish watching that particular episode. (I don’t remember which episode it was…)
By the end of the episode, they were both hooked! (My son was working, so he was not infected that afternoon…) They made me (or strongly requested) that I start over with the first episode. So, Sunday and Monday, we watched all six episodes of Season 1. Then, about a day late, we watched the season premiere of Season 2 together.
Within a few days, my wife and daughter had enticed my son to start watching as well. Because of his work and school schedule, it took him a little longer, but within a few days, he had caught up with us. He was infected also!
So, why does my family enjoy The Walking Dead when they don’t like horror or zombies? Because of the story lines! They are enjoying the characters, the plots, the relationships, the intrigue, the secrets… everything about the series.
I asked my wife about the zombies and the gore. She said, “The Walking Dead is not really a zombie series. It’s a good series that happens to have zombies.”
So, my family is infected… and I think it’s my fault.