This month’s Rolling Stone featured an article regarding the future of The Walking Dead. Aptly titled, “What’s Next for ‘Walking Dead’?, David Peisner relates that the series has been shuffling “showrunners,” but this has not impacted the show’s overwhelming success. Perhaps I am just not up-to-date on my television lingo, but does the term “showrunner” refer to the director? The chief writer? Both? Peisner tosses around other synonyms- referring to Mazzara’s “first full season at the helm,” and so on, but for the life of me I have been unable to discern what the hell he is talking about. Maybe “showrunner” is an actual term that I have been blissfully unaware of up until this point in time? Regardless, Peisner relates the succession of this position from Frank Darabont to Glenn Mazzara, and then quickly from Mazzara to Scott Gimple. He goes on to claim that Mazzara’s “[departure] didn’t seem to impact the series any more than his predecessor’s considerably less amicable parting did the season before.” While I was not aware of this tumultuous drama going on behind the scenes, I have noticed a marked difference in The Walking Dead of Season 3 compared to the first two seasons. For one thing, it’s really not that good anymore.
In the show’s defense, there is only so much one can do with the whole zombie apocalypse scenario – eventually, the concept just runs out of steam. Oh no! A hoard of slow-moving zombies are flocking this way! We better kill them and then continue to deal with our own personal dramas that have come to overshadow the fact that we live in a society in which we as a people are vastly outnumbered by flesh-eating dead people. Toss in some new characters and mix in some old ones and bam, season 3 in a nutshell. There will never be another moment quite as amazing as when Sofia stumbles out of that barn; too much has happened, and much like the show’s characters, viewers are increasingly desensitized to the antics of the undead, and for that matter, those of the living.
“This Sorrowful Life” was definitely one of the best for season 3, but that’s really not saying too much. Plus, how can any self-respecting fangirl not be moved to tears by Daryl’s heartbreaking discovery/choreographed dance number with Zombie Merle? I guess I’m just concerned about the finale. Andrew Lincoln (born Andrew Clutterbuck, heehee) has leaked that “Twenty-seven people die.” Where are they finding all of these people? I have a suspicion that 25 of them are people that aren’t even named. It seems too predictable that the Governor would go down, but it wouldn’t be entirely surprising if Rick went down with him.
I do not have high hopes for 3/31. Whatever a showrunner is, I hope that new one has something glorious planned.