The Walking Dead is currently the most watched show on AMC, setting viewing records with each premiere and finale that would make most major networks pitch hate boners. Based on Robert Kirkman’s best-selling graphic novel and ushered to the small screen by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Frank Darabont, The Walking Dead just recently completed its third season of morally ambiguous characters battling their way physically and psychologically through a post-apocalyptic zombie wasteland. The most well-worn notch on AMC’s belt, The Walking Dead has turned into a veritable empire, feeding fans’ blood lust with merchandise, video games, apps and interactive features until their hunger can be satiated by an imminent fourth season.  It is arguably the most anticipated and most hyped show currently on TV.

But it shouldn’t be. The failed promise that Darabont brought to life three years ago should’ve never been allowed to stumble as far as it has.

Distracting viewers with viscera and violence over the course of three seasons, The Walking Dead has become, just like the zombies it so prominently and proudly displays, a hollow, shambling corpse of a show; visually impressive, but rotten on the inside and festering the longer it progresses. I was just as excited as everyone else for Halloween Night 2010, but after three years of waiting futilely for some type of exciting fruition to a premiere that had so much promise, I’ve finally given up.

And you should too.  In fact, it’s time everyone looks a little bit closer and realize why this show isn’t nearly as good as the ratings would indicate.

Seeing as the third season has just wrapped up and everyone is looking ahead, perhaps it’s best for me to start building my case by looking back…

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This article was first posted on April 24, 2013