• Welcome back, ‘The Walking Dead’!

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    Karen Kunawicz

    Karen Kunawicz

    Sometimes I like to think I’m a unique snowflake. But Tyler Durden (Fight Club) would proclaim otherwise. His first piece of evidence should he need would probably be that I was among the 17.3 million viewers who tuned into the Season 5 premiere of The Walking Dead. I am part of a very big herd.

    That little statistic makes it now the “most-watched drama series telecast in basic cable history.” It has surpassed the other two shows I love more: Game of Thrones and (the now concluded) Breaking Bad.

    Thankfully, Fox Philippines takes The Walking Dead fans in the Philippines seriously: the show has a match airing schedule Monday mornings (it airs the US Sunday nights), with a prime time telecast in the evening and several replays throughout the week.

    If that isn’t enough, the folks at Fox partnered with the folks at Breakout Philippines / Outbreak Manila to build an escape room game at the Fort based on the end of season four / start of season five scenario at Terminus.

    A section of 34th St. at the Fort was turned into a section of Terminus—with fires, plants, a “welcome” gate, a big sign, posters promising “sanctuary” and “community” to all who enter. And of course there were the containers where “survivors” are locked in with a chained zombie and given 15 minutes to escape.

    Needless to say, I enjoyed every terror filled minute of it—with the best kind of crew who showed up in costume as characters from the show.

    Twenty-four hours later, I was in front of my TV set, properly warmed up by The Walking Dead marathon that lasted all weekend long, ready for season five and admittedly so ready to have my weekly Daryl Dixon / Norman Reedus again.

    I found the Season 5 opener to be very satisfying—with the right amount of tension, terror, suspense and the creeps. It also felt like the fans were being treated to a reunion with long-lost friends. It was great to see Rick, Daryl, Michonne, Carl, Maggie, Glenn, Carol, Tyrese and the new cast of characters: Abraham, Rosita and Eugene.

    Norman Reedus accepts flowers handed by Melissa McBride

    Norman Reedus accepts flowers
    handed by Melissa McBride

    If the executive producers and show runner Scott Gimple—along with writer Robert Kirkman and effects and make up artist (now some time director) Greg Nicotero and the cast and crew—give us more of what we saw, we’re looking at another strong season and pretty much at the longevity of the series.

    Welcome back, The Walking Dead! You are one of the many reasons, aside from Halloween , that October is way more awesome than December.

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