11.19.2014

About Walking Dead, Just Wondering

Is there anyone else still completely obsessed with The Walking Dead?  Dumb question.  The show has beat Sunday night football in ratings for three weeks in a row.  I can't even glance at Twitter until after I've watched it or else it's spoil alert city.  If that's not a hit show I don't know what is and if you aren't watching it yet you're missing out.

Spoiler alert: If you have not watched the episode from two weeks ago (Season 5, episode 5) you may not wish to continue reading.
Five seasons in and I'm still completely fascinated with this show.  The zombies, the plot twists, the raw exposure of human nature at it's worst.  The characters are so complex.  Some I've wished would die five episodes before they finally did.  I vowed I would quit watching the show if Herschel or Andrea died.  That was a lie of course, because there is no way I'm not watching this show.  Bob was a love hate character.  I hated him when he couldn't put down the bottle but he redeemed himself.  I still can't believe nobody cared about Bob as much as I did.  I'm the only one I know who cried for him and if anybody deserved tears it was him.  Seriously, that was a really bad way to go.  The worst.  How could you not cry for Bob?  Daryl was a love hate for me too.  I hated him almost as much as I hated his evil brother but now I think he is one of the most beloved characters on the show.  Now that I think about it, I've also love hated Herschel (may he rest in peace), Rick and Carl at different times.  Even sweet Beth was driving me nut at some point.  It's the kind of show where you don't know whether to pull your hair out or cover your eyes.  I know anything can happen, but it's really nice that they have gotten so efficient at zombie killing so I'm not terrified that everyone is going to die anymore.  Well, everyone except Eugene also known as liar liar pants on fire who needs to learn how to start taking care of himself now that the cat's out of the bag. I will shed no tears over his death.

This show has it all, but season after season I find myself asking some of the same questions, none of which have been answered to my satisfaction. 

+How are the women of Zombie Apocalypse land handling that time of the month?  It has to be dealt with. 

+It's obvious that they wear the same clothes every day, but are they wearing the same underwear everyday too?  I remember one episode last season when Beth found a sweater and looked clean for about half a second before a zombie killing ruined it.  The dirt, blood spatter, and vagabond lifestyle have to make cleanliness impossible.

+How bad is the body odor?  Between their rugged, outdoorsy active lifestyle, lack of deodorant, soap and toothpaste it must be pretty bad.  I'm assuming that even if they still had those things at one time they have to have run out by now.  I'm sure they can pillage some of them stuff on their runs but it has got to be hit and miss.

+How sexy can sexy time be at a time like this?  It's not happening a lot, but people are doing it and it seems a little awkward what with the lack of privacy, hygiene considerations and dead people running around.  Lori and Shane were the worst in season 1.  They had no shelter whatsoever at that time.  The apocalypse had just happened and she ended up pregnant.

+What are the men using to shave?  Rick is looking pretty scraggly lately, but I've seen people on Naked and Afraid with beards bushier then his after 21 days.  Glenn is smooth as a baby's butt and how does Abraham keep his mustache so nicely shaped?  I wouldn't know this type of man thing.  I suspect you can make a knife work, although it would be really tough without shaving cream. 

+I imagine Carol must be resorting to a knife to maintain that pixie cut.  It's also, not entirely unreasonable to think she may have scissors.

+How have they not wasted away to nothing?  Their entire life is one big giant work out that never ends what with all the keeping watch, miles of walking and zombie killing.  Their calorie expenditure cannot possibly be met with whatever squirrels and canned foods they find along the way and carry with them.

+Is baby Judith eating squirrels too?  She's a big girl now.  Surely, she has run out of powdered Milk by now.  What are they doing about diapers?

This is an example of the randomness that runs through my mind anytime I watch an apocalypse, on the run, war, type movie.  I'm a 1-2 shower a day kind of person, who is scared of spiders, very picky about food and feels anxious when my house is dirty.  Tent camping is hard core for me.  I am the definition of wimp and I already know that I would not manage well under those conditions and would have probably died or wanted to not to long after this whole thing broke out.  I don't even like eating meat off a bone so I don't know if I could bring myself to eat roadkill.  I'd like to think that I'd be as bad ass as all the girls on the show have become out of pure instinct for survival but I'm not so sure.  
More questions:
+How long has it been since all hell broke loose?  I haven't seen much of a change in weather conditions but that may or may not be that obvious in Atlanta.  Look at Carl.  I almost forgot that he was just a little boy when the show started.   His voice has changed and he looks so much older.  With everything that's happened and the size of Judith it's got to be at least two years.  Maybe more.  If it doesn't wrap up soon Chandler Riggs may age himself out of the role.  

+Why has Maggie never once mentioned Beth?  When Glenn was lost, she risked life and limb to find him even though she had no idea if he was alive or dead.  Not a peep about her sister Beth.

+Is it really that swift and easy to slice through bone to brains when you are stabbing someone in the head? I don't think I really want to know the answer to this one.

+I'll probably never find out if they are brushing their teeth, but what I really need to understand is what was so terrible about living in the hospital that Beth would rather jump down an elevator shaft into a basement of dead bodies to escape?  She was safe.  Outside she has to sleep in the dirt with one eye open to avoid being eaten by zombies.  That police lady (and her henchmen) seems a little off and they have to work to earn their keep but clean sheets and edible food sounds a lot better than the alternative for this clean freak.

I do realize that most of my questions, specifically those related to hygiene are completely non essential to the story line, which is pretty outrageous on it's own, but I can't help wondering.

9 comments :

Newlyweds on a Budget said...

I think about some of this stuff too!! My big thing is water! How the heck do they move around so much without access to water? I think because we start thinking about how we would survive zombies, and so naturally I start thinking about the challenges. Water is a big one.. They make it sound like it would be easy to move around, but it wouldn't if you had to lug around water all the time. That shhh is heavy.

Michelle said...

Ha I wonder these same things! Why hasn't Maggie wondered about Beth? Weird!

Also, I was walking around in a bunch of leaves the other day during a hike. Wes and I mentioned how there was NO WAY you wouldn't be able to hear a walker in the woods. It was so loud that we couldn't even hear each other over the crunching leaves.

Jacqueline Hough said...

I watched Walking Dead once with a friend, who is a huge fan. I did wonder about the points you mentioned while watching. I even grilled her during the commercial break. I was told to be quiet and just watch.

Ciel Belle said...

haha omg i love this show! yes I wonder the same exact things too especially about the time of the month. gross! And how long has this been going on? How are they getting gas and ammo? So many questions!

Carl got on my nerves on some episodes. And I miss Shane... I thought Rick needed some competition and I was so bummed when they killed him off. I am so glad Rick is back to his old self and not as much of a softie anymore (planting veggies ugh!!!)

ah, I can go on and on about this show lol

Ashley @ A Cute Angle said...

I haven't seen this show! My husband keeps tell me we shold watch it. We'll start with Season 1 eventually!

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Courtney B said...

I think the whole world is obsessed with The Walking Dead... the whole world except for me, that is :) The hubs and I just can't get into it!

Rachel said...

I've wondered many of these things, especially when they have sexy scenes. Umm, that has to smell AWFUL! I noticed that the characters/actors have lost weight since the first season. But their hair especially confuses to me-- it would not look that good, nope, not at all. We're such nerds that we've calculated that at this point the zombie apocalypse has been going on for about 18 months. Yeah, I'm actually obsessed and could go on forever and ever but I won't in this comment. ;)

Pegster said...

I have never watched this show but my husband is obsessed with it. I always wondered how they kill so many people yet there are even more of them showing up. smh

Lex R said...

I flipping LOVE TWD!! I go over to my parents' house every Sunday night to watch it with them and my teenage brother. I even created a workout bingo board to go along with the show, which may or may not also double as a drinking game. ;-) During commercial breaks, we totally discuss a number of the "weird" things you have wondered. Have you watched The Talking Dead? It comes on right after the show. It's really good, and provides a lot of good insight. We just started watching a few weeks ago.

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