It’s a hard life for Game Of Thrones fans. From April until June, every weekend is filled with amazing episodes to look forward to; then, for the rest of the year, we’re stuck waiting endlessly between seasons, impatiently trying to forget that we have such a long hiatus. I’m a television buff, and while there’s always something on the screen to keep me occupied during the off-season, it’s not necessarily what I want. It figures that the thing to hold me over during the show’s hiatus would be another popular cable drama: The Walking Dead, which started its fifth season last night, has started to fill the Westeros-shaped hole in my heart.
When I started watching, I was immediately struck by the characters, the twists and surprises, and (to be completely honest) the glorified gore that can only come with a zombie show. On the surface, the similarities between Game Of Thrones and The Walking Dead are quite obvious: both shows are huge cable successes, both deal with slightly “out there” settings (a fantasy medieval world and a post apocalyptic zombie world), and both were adapted for television from earlier works. But really, it’s more than that. First, both are about survival.