A Review of
The Zombie Gospel:
The Walking Dead and What it Means to Be Human
Reviewed by Jeff Nelson
“We are the walking dead.” This line, uttered by main protagonist Rick Grimes in both the TV show and comic versions of The Walking Dead, sums up what the real focus of this popular series is. While the presenting conflict that frames the characters’ experiences and problems is the zombie apocalypse, the true focus is their reactions and sense of identity as a result of everything they know collapsing.
Early on in The Zombie Gospel, Danielle Strickland notes this as well. Recounting a conversation with a friend, she shares this thought: “’Think about it,’ he said to me, ‘everything that defines your life has been deconstructed. What then’” (9)? In other words, if we can no longer define our lives by our jobs, our creature comforts, our favorite places to hang out, or even our enemies, what is our identity to ourselves and to others?