I am fully aware of all the heat I may catch for this, but I will stand by my decision, unabashedly. How can you pick a show that was only on for six episodes? Well, that’s easy. There was no show in 2012 that showed as much heart (and improvement over the last season) as season 3 of The Walking Dead on AMC. If you watch season 2 and season 3 back to back, they play out like different shows. While last season was plodding and slow, this season hits the viewers with a major loss and a major revelation per episode. Though I have already spent a great deal of time talking about how season 3 has redefined great television for me, I have no qualms about talking about this show a little more, especially considering they just lost showrunner, Glen Mazzara, which could spell real problems for the show in the forthcoming season. But for now, and without question, season 3 of The Walking Dead was the best show on TV in 2012.
If you have not watched every episode of The Walking Dead that has aired for this season, or if you intend to read all the comics, I suggest you stop reading now. There will be some spoilers ahead. Now, for the rest of you, I can honestly admit that I have never seen a single hour of TV that was powerful or as compelling as this past Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead. You know, the episode where Lori finally gave birth? I sat there, watching, sobbing for Rick. The emotion Andrew Lincoln displayed in that single scene may be one of the best performances I have EVER seen an actor give in my life. It was gut-wrenching. And as I sat there, it dawned on me: Season 3 of the Walking Dead has been, hands down, the best season of television I have ever seen. Yes, it has even surpassed the mighty, flawless Game Of Thrones for me. How? Well, allow me to explain.
I want the zombie apocalypse to come. I would embrace it with open arms. You think THIS is living? What we do, you really think it passes for living? Wake up, go to work, work your ass off, get treated poorly for the most part, come home from work exhausted and needing to entertain and support a resentful family until you can all fall asleep and then do the EXACT SAME THING THE NEXT DAY, OVER AND OVER AGAIN, UNTIL THE DAY YOU DIE. So how is that living? How is that ANY different from a hamster, running in a wheel for the same amount of time during ITS day. Does the hamster ever actually get anywhere? So now, I ask, and we do? Ha Ha Ha-rdly. But how much would that change if you always had to keep moving? Always had to keep pushing yourself further, hiding and fighting and foraging for food? That would change everything. Maybe it would be tragic, but it would also be oddly life-affirming. You will live in the marrow of each moment between the madness because you would be forced to. Starry skies would come to mean that much more to you. Though we may never actually know how epic a zombie apocalypse would be (and probably for the best), here are seven zombie games that do allow us that brief moment of joy in knowing what it would feel like to blow a zombies head off with a shotgun.
If you have read the Game of Thrones books, you know what is going to happen next season on that show. There is no arguing that, you just know. The show will not deviate from what is written in the books. But the Walking Dead seems to have an entirely different approach to how it tells its story. Rather than follow the time lines or plot lines in the comic, they seem to be telling the same story, but doing it quite differently. For someone like me, who has read every issue now (issue 100 just dropped and had some unforgivably disturbing moments of awesome) the show is still new and fresh, but that doesn’t mean that it deviates entirely from the comics. Here are five potential plot points that COULD happen in season 3, based around the new characters and settings that were introduced in the end of season 2. Understand, this is all speculation. These are not show spoilers, simply because none of these are set in stone. Might be some spoilers for people who intend to read the comic, so read forth at your own risk.
This idea is so good I had to copyright it.
This is the kind of fad that could easily sweep the country and change some lives.
There are so many fun drinking games for all the people who like to partake in alcohol, but what about the people who don’t want to drink, but don’t want to miss out on the fun or be a buzzkill, sitting alone in the corner?
Well, now there is reason to celebrate, because I have a created a Game of Thrones drinking game for people who prefer to pass on the mead, but stay for the party. It was so much fun and I got so NOT drunk playing it, I created a bevvy of other drinking games for people who don’t drink, too.