Guest Blog: The Walking Dead from Chaucer to Game of Thrones

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By William Gosline

Like any true genius, Robert Kirkman ‘steals’. In his situation, not to do so would be foolish.

As the principal show-runner of one of the most popular programs on cable television, Kirkman has the considerable resources of the Entertainment industry at his disposal. Talent flocks to the Walking Dead: great character actors, crack writers and auteur directors. An entire fan culture has sprung up in earnest.

In short, there are a lot of eyes watching him and second-guessing his decisions.

In this climate, only an idiot would ignore the giant legacy of genre culture, a significant body of work at least a hundred years old – more if you throw in the collective myths and legends of assembled humanity; happily standing astride the shoulders of giants, Robert Kirkman is no idiot.

His pièce de résistance creation, The Walking Dead, is both timeless and timely. In…

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