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In case you didn't notice,

likes to occasionally use religious imagery in its scenes. From the blatantly obvious:

To the not so in-yo-face:

Okay, so that was kind of in-yo-face.

Every season the show has been around, it has been packed with bible verses...

...verses and churches...

...crosses... of the cloth...

...and even a Rick Grimes who looks like he may have been wearing a crown of thorns:

But looking through all the Bible verses that have flashed across the screen on Sunday nights, and all the other verses that talk about the dead rising, this one stands out the most to me:

Isaiah 26:19-21

But your dead will live, Lord;
their bodies will rise—
let those who dwell in the dust
wake up and shout for joy—
your dew is like the dew of the morning;
the earth will give birth to her dead.

Go, my people, enter your rooms
and shut the doors behind you;
hide yourselves for a little while
until his wrath has passed by.

See, the Lord is coming out of his dwelling
to punish the people of the earth for their sins.
The earth will disclose the blood shed on it;
the earth will conceal its slain no longer.

I know, it's true meaning in the Bible was meant to be more along symbolic lines, where those who are dead in God will see the light, rise up and be joyful and what not. But let's break it down verse by verse and look at it through Rick Grimes's eyes.

Taking out the happy parts about shouting for joy and the morning dew, and you have the whole earth giving birth to her dead, those whose bodies dwell in the dust rising, and the dead living. That pretty much describes the last six years of our lives watching TWD.

This is like the passover in Exodus, without painting blood on your doorways. Because, well, blood of a freshly slain animal might bring walkers (death) right to and through your door. Basically, taken in the zombie context, this is telling the survivors to do exactly what they've been trying to do all this time: Hunker down, wait for the dead to rot away, and venture out when it's safe again. But there's this pesky little problem with the living, where they continue to behead and bludgeon the good survivors.

This is the scariest part of all — the thought that the earth has seen its fill of evil and the spilling of innocent blood, and is basically revolting against all of us — that's a little freaky. It didn't work in The Happening, no matter how hard Marky Mark tried to make it happen, but it sure did work in Pet Sematary, where the soil soured and spit the dead right back out.

Hollywood just loves the apocalypse, prophecy and all that religious-themed stuff. End of times movies generally do well, as do movies about demonic possession, angels vs. demons, Jesus movies, and Jesus making babies with Mary movies. Filmmakers seem to be willing to do anything to rile up the religious folks of the world, or just to give us a fresh take on the end of the world, so maybe Robert Kirkman will do just that. Maybe he'll end The Walking Dead (years down the road, hopefully) on a religious note, tying it into the Bible.

He sure has enough zombie-related material from the good book to work with!

I'll end this with that famous tagline from George Romero's Dawn of the Dead:

What do you think of the religious overtones in The Walking Dead?


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