A strange thing happened while I was watching the Season 6 premiere of The Walking Dead—I started identifying with the zombies.
That's not to say the newest episode of AMC's hit zombie drama—which runs 92 minutes and debuts Sunday at 9 p.m.—made me feel brain dead. The show continues to be compelling, and at its best, it delivers an intoxicating (and often nauseating) blend of suspense, gore and occasionally marvelous character scenes.
Yet, the plot of Sunday's episode—which involves Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his group of survivors attempting to geographically relocate a sea of walkers for reasons I won't reveal—seems to parallel how the show has been treating its own viewers: keeping them distracted with loud noises so they don't stop and take notice of their surroundings.
As The Walking Dead begins its sixth season—Sunday's episode is the show's 67th—it's time to take a look at where the show has taken us,...