Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Walking Dead: Wrap Up

I promise I won't give away who lives and who dies, because some of the tension of The Walking Dead comes from who survives the first season, but there are other things I really enjoyed about the series, particularly the finale, that don't give anything away.  One of these is how they've reversed a classic dilemma: if you have a life-threatening disease with no known cure, should you end your life or life as long as you can hoping they find a cure?  Our heroes are all healthy people (mostly), but ironically, they behave like people with a terminal illness.  The proposition introduced by The Walking Dead finale into this conundrum is that there's a third option: fight for a cure.  Usually in movies, an ill person isn't going to be the one who finds the cure - they're too busy with the effort of just staying alive.  There's usually another person who has made finding a cure their life's work (Extraordinary Measures, Medicine Man, etc.).  However, in The Walking Dead, our heroes are the healthy ones and the ones with the terminal illness at the same time and thus have a vested interest in finding a "cure" to their problem.  One of the hints they drop in the finale is that curing or ending the "walking dead" might be possible - the French might have been on to something.  So now our main characters all have 3 options, which the finale explores brilliantly: 1 - end your life now on  your own terms, 2 - go into hiding and begin working to just stay alive until someone else finds a cure or you die, and 3 - Go work really hard to find a cure.  This addition to the classic debate by people with a terminal illness was what really struck me as original about the way this season wrapped up.  What do you think?

3 comments:

The Mad Hatter said...

I thought the entire yin yang of the first seasons was perfectly summed up in a small exchange between Rick and Jenner:

Rick: I'm grateful.
Jenner: The day will come when you won't be.

Jess said...

I think you're right. And constantly articulating that argument is what I liked about it and found parallels in the sickness argument.

Sebastian Gutierrez said...

What do you think Jenner whispered to Rick before he ran out? That's gonna keep thinking until the next season.