HomeNot So Different: Emulating the Complexity of The Walking Dead

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Life is full of lessons to be learned. When we’re thinking about how to best lead, promote, sing, or otherwise operate within the context of an a cappella group, it’s worth looking beyond the realm of a cappella itself to what other walks of life can teach us.

AMC's The Walking Dead, a television show based on a successful series of comic books, arrive as a surprise smash success in fall 2010. Could a show that dwelled in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-riddled world appeal to a mainstream audience? The program answered with an emphatic yes.

Did the quality of the special effects and makeup help the shows cause? Sure. Smart writing and directing? Couldn't have hurt it. Solid, realistic acting? Yeah, that's a piece of the puzzle.

What made the show positively click, though, was level of complexity it operated under. Policeman Rick Grimes gets shot on the job and sent into a coma. He awakes to a zombie apocalypse, separated from everyone he knows. Remarkably enough, he finds his way to his wife and kids; little does he know his best friend has started sleeping with the missus in his absence. Meanwhile, the core community of characters with the family aligns are far from a monolithic front against all zombie kind; their ranks include a mix of generations, a wife beater, a white supremacist, and, you know, a guy who slept with his best friend's wife.