The Walking Dead – Initial Thoughts

My wife and I started watching “The Walking Dead” a few weeks ago and are now finally caught up to the current season. We started watching it because it is filmed in Georgia, and features Atlanta, Senoia, and surrounding areas.

This is a show on AMC which follows Rick Grimes and his group as they seek to survive following an outbreak which causes the dead to come back to life as zombies. Within the show, people variously call the zombies various terms: “walkers” because the just roam around, “biters” because they bite the living, “dead ones” because they’re actually dead, and various other things.

I was in a short conversation with another pastor recently who is also a fan of the show, and this got me to thinking about how the show reveals elements of reality to us, both theological reality and the reality of the world around us.

In my thoughts, it occured to me that the show is touching on at least the following topics:

– The role of civil government (what Lutherans would call God’s “Left Hand Realm”)
– The nature of man
– The presence of evil in the world
– What it means to be living
– How different types of people deal with the world around them
– Related to the previous one, what it means to “take sin upon oneself” as the German Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer discusses in his book “Ethics”

So, I thought this show would be a good way to frame the topics listed above, so in the coming blog posts I’ll explore each of these in turn, using “The Walking Dead” as the framework for discussion.



(Photo “Kudzu on Trees in Atlanta” by Scott Ehardt (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons @