Okay I’m about to admit something that will likely get my geek card revoked. It’s terrible, I know, but I have always been honest with you here and I have to continue that. Last month I…. I took The Walking Dead off my DVR. And I erased the episodes I had waiting for me to watch. I officially tapped out on The Walking Dead.
Let that sink in a minute, but before you write to me in outrage and bash me in print and online, let me explain why:
First, I have so many issues with the characters on the show. The women, especially, are written to be weak, whiny and semi-incapable of taking care of themselves. I had a hard time finding even one who I liked and I don’t think I could relate to any of them. Maggie, I guess, was the closest thing to someone I could like, and even she could be grating. This should not be a surprise. It was something I talked about more than once in my recaps over the past couple of years. And to me, character is such a big part of my enjoyment of any story that eventually it became overwhelming.
Secondly, it just stopped being fun for me. The first season, I loved The Walking Dead, character issues aside. It was dark and shocking and powerful. But lately, it’s not fun to watch anymore. The bleakness became neverending, with little to no lightness to balance it. I see very little love or affection or humanity left in the show. Obviously you have to deal with people getting hard, with our humanity being damaged by fear, but what would be the point of living if no one EVER laughed. Or smiled. Or loved each other? At that point, I guess I’d rather be zombiefied.
I realized that watching the episodes was a chore (which is why I fell so far behind). That they would sit for weeks on end. That when I saw spoilers on Twitter, I wasn’t even upset. I knew then that it was time for me to call it. Maybe some time in the future it will pop up on my Netflix as an entire series and I’ll be in the right place to try again. But for now, I have to say… Seacrest, er Petersen Out.
So do I have it all wrong? Are you breaking up with me because of my decision? Have you ever dropped a show you once loved when it became a chore?