So, The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead’s been getting shit on on the net by people that’ve lost sight of the real message of the show, calling it repetitive and weak.
Yeah, there are walkers and by definition there should be gore to go with said walkers, and yes, some of the themes and plotpoints’ve shown up a time or two or three, but showing the good and bad of humanity whether what’s seen coming can be seen for a mile isn’t something the shows’ve skimped on…inclusion being part of that humanity.
Last season of Fear, we were introduced to Wendall, played by real-life crip, Daryl Mitchell. Until he showed up, Joey and I wondered about the possibility of a crip in the zombie apocalypse. We wondered about his allegiances at first, but by the end of the season, we think he’s a straight arrow. Of course, we’ll have to see how next season shakes out. Still, it was badass to see a crip in a chair.
Tonight’s episode of TWD introduced us to Connie, a vagabond Judith, now 11 in the show, takes in with Connie’s friends. The thing is Connie’s deaf.
Lauren Ridloff, who’s been making a splash on Broadway in Children of a Lesser God, plays Connie. Mrs. Ridloff’s deaf. So far, her character’s the moral compass of her group, so I hope she has more than a couple episodes’ arch. I, for one’ll be interested to see where they take her.
Bravo to TWD for pushing for inclusion in their cast and character arches.
Be good to each other.