Tonight, the Walking Dead returns after a mid-season break. Besides being personally excited for its return to television, I like the subtle references the series makes to government and politics. Now, some of you may be thinking that this is a bit of a stretch, but the series manages to continually revisit themes that are important in politics.
The Walking Dead is a show that follows a motley crue of zombie apocalypse survivors as they adjust to a whole new world. The zombie apocalypse is not new in political science. In fact, Dan Drezner published a popular book applying international relations theory to a hypothetical zombie apocalypse. The novel World War Z also addresses similar issues by examining the government response in a zombie apocalypse.
The Walking Dead is great because it has continually referenced the complete absence of government, enforcement agencies, and any sort of order in a post-apocalyptic society. In online poker gambling fact, in the second season closer, the main protagonist Rick Grimes declared the group was no longer a democracy. In a chaotic world, I’d imagine society would work much like the show depicts, with vagabond groups of individuals, often led by one or two strong leaders. What’s interesting is the way society goes onto rebuild itself. The show is beginning to show how these groups clash, but ultimately, it seems as if these groups are looking for the same thing: the re-establishment of order. I can only hope the series takes on some of the more complicated aspects of rebuilding government.
While it’s fun to think about hypotheticals and counterfactuals that the zombie apocalypse poses, I’m also just psyched that this show is back on. Something about watching zombie kills week after week is oddly entertaining. And it helps that it offers a bit of respite from the monotony of everyday life.