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Serials are big business in today’s television industry. They are some of the most popular shows on television today. And one of the most popular of the serials currently populating television today is AMC’s hit series, The Walking Dead. This hugely popular series, which is based on a comic book, has garnered legions of fans the world over since it first debuted on AMC in 2010. The question that is still raised by those not so familiar with the series is “what makes it so popular?” On the surface, it could be easily answered. It’s violent, bloody, and gory. That wouldn’t be entirely false. But it’s not the whole answer to that question. The full answer to the question is much deeper than that. On a deeper, more analytical level, what drives the series is its writing, just like any other television series and movie. Of course one shouldn’t dismiss the work done by the show’s makeup crew, either, as a source of success for The Walking Dead. Those individuals also deserve full credit for *ahem* bringing the show’s zombies to life. And yes, that bad joke was entirely intended. Audiences that might be new to the Walking Dead will see the importance of these factors first hand now that the show’s third season is available in stores and online on Blu-ray and DVD.
The most obvious reason for the success of The Walking Dead three seasons in is the fact that it is violent, bloody, and gory. Humans have a natural bloodlust. This is why (as much as they’d love to deny it) they slow down and rubberneck when they go by a bad wreck on an interstate highway. They secretly hope to see death and destruction. They can deny it all they want. But everybody has that bloodlust in them. And it is that same bloodlust that leads audiences to watch The Walking Dead even in its third season. It feeds that deep seeded bloodlust that audiences would rather deny having. It’s all so shocking. Yet despite the shock value, audiences can’t help but watch. This is even exhibited within the context of one of the episodes of Season Three when Daryl is captured and forced to fight his own brother in a fight to the death that also involved some very hungry zombies. The people witnessing the moment even wanted to see it all unfold in its full gruesome details. There’s not a lot of blood and gore in this sequence. But there is plenty of violence. And together with Season Three’s other episodes, there is more than enough of those elements to make any fan of the zombie genre squeal with glee like a kid in a candy store.
The massive gallons of blood that’s shed and the violence doled out through Season Three are the most obvious of reasons for the success of this season. On a deeper level, the show has maintained its fan base because of its writing. The show isn’t just about the violence, blood, and gore. Audiences are kept engaged in the series because of the human drama tied in to the overall story. Audiences see personal relationships grow between the survivors of the zombie plague (which still receives no explanation as to how it started even three seasons in). New characters are also introduced this season, adding to each episode’s drama and tension. Loyalties are tested on both the human level and the family level throughout this season time and again. Even if a person isn’t big on the whole zombie craze currently sweeping the country, there’s no denying the continued solidity of the show’s writing in its third season.
The writing in the third season of The Walking Dead is quite sold throughout each of the season’s episodes. The gore and violence this season is just as certain to appease any zombie fan. Speaking of the zombies, credit where credit is due. Those responsible for turning ordinary actors into some of the creepiest creatures in the history of film and television history did quite the job. By the time that the makeup is done, the actors behind the masks and makeup look just as creepy as those in legendary writer/director George A. Romero’s zombie 1968 classic, Night of the Living Dead if not better than them. That says quite a bit about the talent of the makeup artists. The convincing work done by the makeup staff, along with the show’s writing and the most obvious of factors, each play their own role in the third season of The Walking Dead’s success. Together with the commentary included on select episodes of Season Three, it all works in unison to make Season Three one of the series’ best yet. Season Three of The Walking Dead is available now on Blu-ray and DVD in stores and online. It can be ordered online direct from the Anchor Bay Entertainment website at http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com/detail.aspx?projectID=04bea624-b064-e211-924c-d4ae527c3b65.
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