Imagine waking up in a deserted hospital with bodies scattered throughout the halls and the streets outside. Imagine no communication, little resources and the animated shell of those you used to know.
Except that animated shell wants to bite your face off.
This is the reality Rick Grimes awoke to face in the first season of The Walking Dead, one of the hottest shows on TV right now. If you aren't familiar with the AMC series or the graphic novel from which the plot line came, you should be. Get acquainted with it. Because it's awesome.
I remember hearing about this show before it aired a couple years ago and feeling pretty ambivalent to it at the time. I wasn't really into the whole zombie scene... It only took me watching the first episode to get hooked.
Shane, barricades the door to his room and Rick is spared from the onslaught of walkers. Rick eventually stumbles out of the hospital to see the horror and destruction of the zombie take-over and frantically tries to locate his wife Lori and son Carl. Rick eventually makes it to Atlanta where he runs into a horde of walkers and teams up with a bunch of essential characters to fight for survival...oh, and Rick finds his wife and kid. Happy day.
The first season really packed a punch, as it was only 6 episodes. We learn so much about the reality of the world in the wake of "Z-Day," but also not a whole lot about how the outbreak occurred and managed to travel so quickly. What we do know is that the virus spreads like meningitis and shuts down the body internally. The only physical signs, other than a bite from a zombie, are a fever and delirium (as we see with Joe, a member of the group who gets bit).
Oh, and apparently everyone is infected and will re-animate when they die unless you sever the brainstem.
So what does all this have to do with God?
Well, a lot.
Skipping ahead to Season 2 a bit, the group meets up with a conservative Christian man, Hershel, and his family on their farm. He is skeptical of Rick and his group, but over time begins to trust them (except for crazy Shane). Hershel and his family have been relatively isolated from the zombie attacks being out in the country and all, and have managed to be pretty self-sufficient. They have a well, crops, livestock. They're doing alright. Except for that part where they have walkers locked up in a barn.
Early on, Hershel believes the zombies can and will be cured...that the zombie-ness is just an infection, and it would be wrong to shoot them because they're still somehow human. It takes hundreds of zombies storming his farm after hearing a gun shot (they're drawn to noise) for Hershel to realize there is no curing these things. They are the walking dead.
|...of course Carl is the one whose gun shot draws the walkers to the farm.|
This is the moment the show took on a whole new significance for me.