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I’m thinking about breaking up with ‘The Walking Dead’


Yeah, so, I’m thinking about breaking up with “The Walking Dead.”

I’m sorry, “Walking Dead,” it’s not you, it’s me. Actually, that’s a lie. It’s you. You are too depressing. Well, maybe it’s me. Maybe I’m too sensitive.

Don’t believe I’ll break up with a show? Ask “Homeland.” I stopped watching that one officially at the end of season two, but I stopped paying attention around the time the teenage daughter was caught in a cougar trap in a hit-and-run accident.


OK, so, I actually haven’t watched the mid-season finale that aired a few Sundays ago. I usually watch “The Walking Dead” the night it airs, because the internet spoils things for me. However, this time, my mother-in-law was visiting, and I didn’t want to say, “Hey, instead of talking, let’s sit in the living room silently and watch a show about zombies. Sound good?”

Not surprisingly, key plot details were all over the internet the next day, and I learned that not one, but two children, including little baby Judith, are killed as well as old man Hershel.

I have no doubt that this episode will make me cry. In fact, I suspect it will totally wreck me for at least 24 hours. Long-time readers may remember the last time “The Walking Dead” killed a little girl … I cried and cried. This is why the episode has remained unwatched on my DVR for the past two weeks.

I no longer have the stomach for stuff like that.Children and pets depend on us to take care of them … to look out for them. I can’t deal with it when they are mistreated in TV shows and movies. Oh, AND IN REAL LIFE! But we’re talking about TV here. I can’t deal with children and babies in harm’s way let alone being killed and/or turned into zombies. There was an episode of “Game of Thrones” that ended with soldiers going around killing babies. I cried and debated not watching the show anymore.

In one of the last episodes of “Breaking Bad,” Walter kidnapped his own baby daughter. Remember that? I was so worried that he was going to hurt her or that something bad was going to happen to her that I almost had a panic attack. When the episode was over, mighty, mighty good man David (who doesn’t watch the show or “The Walking Dead” because he thinks the shows are too dark and messed up) asked me how it was, and I replied, “I’m all sweaty.”

I’m a complete pussy now.

I’ve always been a wussy when it comes to animals getting hurt in movies. You know how you can watch some action movie or horror movie and like a hundred people can get shot down and you don’t even blink, but then a dog gets shot and you freak out? That’s me. When they shot Two Socks in “Dancing with Wolves” … GAH! Excuse me, there is something in my eye …

I was telling a friend that I was thinking about breaking up with “The Walking Dead.” He laughed at me and thought I was being ridiculous; that I was being overly sensitive. But then I said to him, “Imagine that three different times on ‘The Walking Dead’ we were introduced to someone’s pet dog and every one of those times that dog was killed. Would you keep watching?”

He said maybe he wouldn’t keep watching. So there you go.

I haven’t really decided yet if I’m going to keep watching. The new episodes don’t start until February, so I’ve got some time to figure it out. It’s just that the show is just too miserable. I know the show is about a zombie apocalypse, which wouldn’t exactly be a laugh riot, but DAMN, the show is such a big fuckin’ downer. It’s becoming a chore to watch. I really like zombie movies. My office buddy Jennifer pointed out that with zombie movies there’s a set time when it’s over. With “The Walking Dead,” the show is more popular now than ever before. It could run, easily, for two or three more season. That’s a lot of depressing episodes in which everyone is miserable, babies die, other main characters die, and then the remaining characters talk about God and faith, and I hope that zombies come and eat them.

I have to decide is this how I want to spend my time. Honestly, my TV viewing time is limited. Maybe I would rather watch another show that doesn’t depress me. The other day I watched the first two episodes of “Masters of Sex” on Showtime. It was very entertaining. Plus, there were no babies being killed in it, so it’s got that going for it, which is nice. Also, “Justified” is starting back up in a few weeks.

David doesn’t watch “The Walking Dead” so there’s no one here really encouraging me to stick with it. Instead of watching “The Walking Dead,” I could convince David to watch “The Wire,” which I have seen, but he hasn’t. (I know, right?!)

OK, so, when it comes to “The Walking Dead,” should I stay or should go?


Author: The Sonia Show

I'm a writer/podcaster/mother/goober in San Francisco who likes to drink beer, shop, laugh and make other people laugh, watch old movies, feed my unhealthy obsession with pop culture, kick breast cancer's ass, go on adventures with my mighty, mighty good man David and my awesome autistic son, Calvin, wear orange and root for the San Francisco Giants, participate in general jackass-ery, talk about TV, eavesdrop on strangers' conversations, make nerdy “Star Wars” and “Simpsons” references, and post personal things about myself on the web for all to read, which makes me some sort of literary exhibitionist.

13 thoughts on “I’m thinking about breaking up with ‘The Walking Dead’

  1. Judith is not dead! And I’m not just saying that in a wah-wah-2Pac-is-alive-and-I’m-in-denial kind of way. It’s very shortsighted for the internet to deduce that someone is dead without actually seeing a body. Or did zombie’s suddenly learn how to unbuckle car seat belts? I don’t want to spoil if for you, but you should know that, if that’s the main reason you don’t want to watch. And as for the other girl, I feel like her character hadn’t been developed enough for me to give a shit about her dying.
    I think this season dragged out the whole Governor thing a little too long and I’m glad that’s over because I was getting bored. But I thought the last episode was pretty good. There was one part that I felt was unrealistic (within the framework of the zombie apocalypse, obvs), but I don’t think you should give up on it yet!

    • Maybe the zombies just ripped Judith apart and removed her from the seat that way … *sobs*

      No, no. I see your point. Marie. And if you, my pregnant friend with hormones raging, can still watch the show without numbing the pain with alcohol, then maybe I can handle it, too.

  2. Ew, I used an apostrophe improperly and there’s no edit option. Now I’M all sweaty!

  3. Don’t give up! I really don’t think Judith is dead and like Marie said, I wasn’t attached to the other little girl as much as some of the other children and characters so although her death was heartbreaking, it wasn’t devastating (omg how cold and heartless do I sound now?!?) I agree that this past episode was rough and I definitely shed a few (thousand) tears, but I still love it! Don’t give up!

    • I suspect if I didn’t watch “The Walking Dead” I would still read the episode recaps and then be annoyed with myself for not watching the show anymore. Maybe I should pour myself a big beer and/or wine and power through it.

  4. Best.Show.Ever. Like the producers of Lost. They’re smart enough to leave te dogs alone. I’m down to almost no tv watching, but I’m sticking with Walkind Dead.

    Sonia it’s the zombie APOCALYPSE, not the zombie camping trip. That’s what makes it compelling. I can’t believe David doesn’t watch it.

    • Chris, not only does David not watch “The Walking Dead,” he also doesn’t watch “Game of Thrones,” which is a show that I am convinced he would love if I could get him to watch an episode in which they are not killing babies.

  5. Agree with others that Judith is not dead. The graphic novels were different *SPOILER* (Pregnent Laurie gets shot while trying to escape the prison) but I think the bloody car seat is too much of a red herring. They wouldn’t let a baby get consumed by the walkers. Just my opinion. Also agree that the other girl was not around long enough to care that much. Her death served to push the govener over the edge. Glad that story line is over though and we can move on. See you in February!!

  6. I gave up on this show at the end of last season. the whole governor thing is too much, he’s such an unremitting asshole. Rick is just flopping around, ineffectively. the introduced a couple of potentially good characters and then left them to flop around uselessly. I don’t like that Lori died. I waited for weeks to watch the last two episodes and my reward was that they killed Andrea, but not the governor. and i heard they threw carol under the bus this season. no thank you. and game of thrones? after they pushed a kid out a window, and shot a wolf i was done. if I want to be that depressed, i can stare at my bank account.

    love your writing, new t the blog. thanks heyjoe00 for the heads up.

  7. I finally watched the episode, and I agree with Marie. I don’t think the baby is dead. Oh, “Walking Dead.” I can’t stay mad at you.

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