posted on Oct, 27 2016 @ 05:38 PM
a reply to: opethPA
These are the two themes I want you to hold together in your mind:
1. Getting to know and become connected to a character
2. Bloody an Gruesome killing
Now, if number 2 were the problem, I wouldn't watch the walking dead, now would I? The gore and killing of the show is ancillary to the more general
theme of "coming together" against the chaos around them.
What the show did, in effect, was combine one and two in the most radical or ways: killing off a character with a type of detail and specificity that
almost seemed to undo all and every last vestige of artistic merit the show had hitherto had.
I've had more time to contemplate this, and yes, in a real world, such stuff would probably happen. But why - on earth - should we subject ourselves
to images that actually play a part in the construction of minds in a dystopian world? The whole reason why shows like this do well - just so you know
- is the emphasis the creators place on the humanistic themes. The Walking dead is not hostel or saw, and its violence has never seemed to me on par
with that. But last Sundays episode felt like that: it felt like a very personal insult against what Humans naturally feel - as one critic put it, the
creators had fun putting on "torture porn" - for what purpose, other than to dramatize the evil of Neegan? But at what cost? We seem to forget that
play and games have limits in a democratic society built - fundamentally - out of certain interpersonal emotions - and perhaps this sort of filth on
T.V is very counter-productive to the production of feeling-states that support our democratic institutions?