When it was first announced that the series would be directed by Frank Darabont (director of The Shawshank Redemption), and Gale Ann Hurd (producer of The Terminator), it got us even more excited.
An epidemic has wiped out most of the population in the American southeast. Of course the epidemic causes the dead people to rise as lurching, flesh-eating zombies and, fortunately, the zombies are depicted in the slow moving zombie style which we prefer and which George Romero would have approved of.
The hero of the show is Sheriff Rick Grimes, one of the few people who have managed to escape the epidemic. Coming out of a coma in the hospital after being shot, he quickly realizes that the world he used to know is no more. Separated from his wife and boy and with dead people roaming the streets, Rick begins his journey to be reunited with his family and a few other survivors who made it.
From there the story unfolds in a very believable zombie scenario, where zombies appear in various stages of disfigurement, hungry for human flesh and the survivors are faced with the traumatic event of a world ending and the loss of their loved ones.
To our surprise the story quickly varies from the one in the comic book and thus opens up for lots of suspense on where things are going next for those like us who read the original comic book version of The Walking Dead.
At the time of writing we have viewed the first 6 episodes and are looking very much forward to the next season, seeing Walking Dead as a great inspiration for our game project Zombie Pandemic.
A "Walking Dead" game has also been announced and we will definitely have to look into that as well.