Damon Lindelof liked “The Walking Dead” before liking “The Walking Dead” was cool. He started reading the comics when they first began, befriended Robert Kirkman at the beginning and then started watching the AMC series as soon as it started airing.
In a new interview with Collider, the “Prometheus” writer explained why he’s so enamored with the zombie property.
“I think that that idea of — ’The Walking Dead’ is not the title for the zombies, it’s the title for the survivors, and the show plays in this ambiguous moral space of at what point are you no longer a human anymore?” he said. “Wrapping that all up in some sort of very satisfying package where also zombie arms are getting torn off and heads are rolling and all those other things are happening, I think it’s an enormously tall order.”
Lindelof said that he finds it hard to separate “The Walking Dead” the comic book and “The Walking Dead” the TV series from one another. In his words, the show “can do no wrong.” But even beyond that bias, Lindelof said he thinks the AMC series has done “a tremendous amount of things very, very right.”
“I think that what’s exciting about it is that it can aberate from the comic book in really exciting ways, like Merle and Daryl, for example, who aren’t in the comic book become wild cards in that universe because they never existed in it before,” he said.
Thanks to “Lost,” Lindelof can relate to the struggles and successes of a genre show on television. He said that because “people accept the crazy zombie show at face value” — and because the show is so good — “The Walking Dead” has been able to continue being successful.
“I really feel like Kirkman doesn’t get his due in terms of creating that world and populating it with really fascinating characters and interesting, original ideas that feel like they’re familiar enough if you’re a fan of the post-apocalyptic zombie genre, but you do feel like you’re seeing it in a way that you’ve never seen it before,” Lindelof said.
“The Walking Dead” returns to AMC on February 10.
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