[The Walking Dead](series:201193) originally premiered on Halloween in 2010, and it's been a runaway hit ever since, picking up one of the most dedicated cult followings in TV history in the process. The Atlanta-based show was a big part of AMC's epic rise to being considered a true force to be reckoned with, as part of the network's ratings-triumvirate that also includes [Mad Men](series:200778) and [Breaking Bad](series:200567).
If for the past four years your Sundays have consisted of waiting for 9pm ET like a freakin' fiend, you know... you just know.
1. You insist this is NOT just another "Zombie" thing
First of all, this show will teach you more about the human condition than most people realize. The character development is amazing and the relationships, romantic and otherwise, are appealing to follow. Also, they AREN'T called "Zombies". True fans prefer these terms: "Walkers", "Biters", "The Herd", and perhaps even "Roamers."
2. You watch "Talking Dead" because... why not?
"The show is over, my mind is blown. I can't believe what I just saw. OK, time to go to bed... wait, it's too early. Also, I'm scared. Should I watch the news? Nope, too depressing. Wait, who is this guy? He says his name is Chris Hardwick... oh yeah, he's the "@Midnight" guy! Eff it, I guess I'll watch this." - Me, every Sunday when Talking Dead comes on.
3. You read the comics... or at least you're aware of them
OK, I have to admit I didn't read the comics... I didn't. Sue me. But if you did you are serious, and I respect you. No spoilers, please! Knowing that the comics are out there is enough.
4. You will never be able to visit Atlanta again
I'm never going to Atlanta as I'm close to 100% convinced that everything that happens in and around there is like how it is on the show. I kid, I kid, but check out my article on some fan art of scenes from the show superimposed in the real Atlanta locations. It's pretty awesome.
5. You respect the shit out of AMC
AMC took a chance on the show that NBC and HBO deemed "too violent." Now, this show on NBC seems legitimately impossible, but HBO said that this was too violent. HBO! Gale Ann Hurd, the Executive Producer of the show refused to alter the show, and AMC bit on it. I have a feeling HBO executives aren't so happy about their decision to pass.
6. Looking at this makes your tear ducts act up
I'm not crying, I swear. I just got something in my eye, like a lot of something in my eye.
7. This shot of a dapper Daryl on "Kelly and Michael" is hilarious to you
The idea of Daryl hanging out with Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa on daytime TV is not only exhilarating but comical and joyous to me. I hope it is for you, too.
OK, I'm going to take a nap. Wake me up when it's February!