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Every time I glance at the TV or social media, I get a reminder that Season 3 of The Walking Dead premieres this Sunday. This has become an October tradition since its inception three years ago. ‘Tis the season for the moaners, slow walkers and brain-eaters that much of America has grown to love.
Zombies have always been pretty big in the pop-culture sphere, but they have recently taken a rise in popularity because of The Walking Dead television show and graphic novel series, among other things. People love resurrected corpses, apparently. I mean, did you see that gnarly, bloated zombie in the water well from Season 2? Those were some high-quality guts, in my opinion.
I am among this demographic, although I try to flip my lid over everything zombie. There are so many other branches of horror that I appreciate that I don’t want to spend too much time on this one subset of ghouls.
Zombie-everything is on the market: key chains, T-shirts, you name it. I even received a book of zombie haikus as a gift from a friend. My brother has started collecting strange weapons like aluminum bats and a machete, you know, just in case.
So, why do people love zombies? I believe there are several reasons:
So, I hope that you’re not too sick of zombies yet. I know that they’re kind of everywhere and the hype about them is a little extreme. Feel free to carry on if it isn’t your thing. But, if the “zombie apocalypse” DOES happen, remember who those friends are who have a machete at their house.