A Living Wage for The Walking Dead

Does the current vogue for Zombies say something about the state of our society? Tony McKiver invetigates…

There is meaning to our monsters. Zombies, for example, keep coming back to life to haunt us. “Duh,” as they might themselves moan: That’s what Zombies do. But over a century of movies and comic books—and, more recently, video games and TV shows—they keep coming back in different ways. These variations have been interpreted as corresponding to concerns within broader society. Such a reading allows George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead to be seen clearly in relation to the unfolding crises of the time, with the Zombies playing second-fiddle to the real villains of racial and gender discrimination, or unchecked militarism. In these films, there is little to be mourned about the world that has been overrun by the undead.

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