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.
Oh, that reminds me … WARNING: THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS SPOILERS ABOUT “THE WALKING DEAD.”
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?