‘The Walking Dead’: A Study In Dithering Nihilism

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I am not alone when I say that I hate it when people tell me about their dreams. The inherent meaning in dreams can only be experienced by the viewer because the scenes of nonsense carry an innate meaning even they cannot convey. It’s not the nonsense, however, that’s so completely annoying about these conversations but the dithering nature of story the dreamer is trying to tell. Well remembered, actually interesting dreams shouldn’t take longer than five minutes to tell under normal circumstances. I find myself in these situations thinking, “Is there a point and could you kindly find it?”

Endgame: that’s what we are talking about. Every well told story has a purpose and an ending. The purpose is the deeper message the story is trying to convey. Often this is a moral lesson or an attempt to convey the importance of a particular social norm. The ending simply provides some sense of closure, something often lacking in our own lives. While the end may not put what I call the “big period” at the end of the story and leave room for the viewer/reader to imagine a more complete ending, the primary event of the story is wrapped up.

So I say to the creators and writers of The Walking Dead, “Is there a point, and can you kindly find it?”

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