Bizarre as it sounds, four seasons into “The Walking Dead”, and this is the first time I can recall George A. Romero commenting on the adaptation. What he says is pretty harsh, depending how you take it…
“They asked me to do a couple of episodes of ‘The Walking Dead’ but I didn’t want to be a part of it,” Romero told The Big Issue. “Basically it’s just a soap opera with a zombie occasionally. I always used the zombie as a character for satire or a political criticism and I find that missing in what’s happening now.”
He’s exactly right. “The Walking Dead” makes no statement.
Outside of this shocker of a statement, the magazine also talks about the origin of the “zombie” with Romero, who has some really interesting things to share.
“I guess Zack Snyder started that with the remake of Dawn of the Dead – fast-moving zombies, but the zombies in World War Z, my God, they’re like army ants! But in all the adverts here they never called it a zombie film,” Romero said.
Confirming that he never actually called his Night of the Living Dead ‘zombies’. “No, never did. I never thought they were zombies,” he explained. “To me back then, zombies were those voodoo guys who were given some sort of blowfish cocktail and became slaves.
“And they weren’t dead so I thought I was doing a brand new thing by raising the dead. Not that the dead haven’t been risen before… It goes back to Jesus, doesn’t it?”