With anticipation of the 3rd Season of The Walking Dead starting up again in a week, I thought I would try to find some correlation between Millennials and zombies.
I recently watched a documentary called “The History of Zombies” on the History Channel that sheds some light on the America’s current zombie obsession. In short, the documentary shows that the idea of zombies encompasses all our most primal fears as humans.
Here are a few of those fears: War— in the sense that in zombies are an unstoppable enemy. Disease— the zombie-infliction is contagious, and a man-made disease. Also, in the case of the zombie disease, it is an invisible enemy that can change a trusted ally into a monster overnight. Anarchy— the problem is so large that it completely unravels society. In other words, trust of your fellow citizen vanishes. Cannibalism— the ultimate sign of the desperation, and loss of humanity, although this fear is reflected indirectly since the zombies aren’t actually human.
WHY THE ZOMBIE-APOC GENRE FITS MILLENNIALS SO WELL
Millennials are used to crises. It’s easy to see how Millennials have seen many high-intensity situations in the last decade: War, natural disasters, economic crises. We take it all in stride.
Millennials love a good challenge. Not only are Millennials accustomed to imminent danger, but they show a desire to rise to the occasion. The most recent example is the Kony 2012 campaign– not only are young adults dealing with challenges, they are seeking them out and to make a difference. The Walking Dead offers the intensity of trying to survive and overcome in the face of overwhelming odds. I find myself thinking through survival scenarios. You know you’ve been watching too much of The Walking Dead when you see a gated mansion and your first thought is “Wow, that’s totally zombie-proof”. Am I the only one who does this?
Millennials understand the need for unity. How unity and survival work together is one theme throughout the series The Walking Dead. If someone is a loose-cannon (ahem- SHANE) it endangers the group of survivors as a whole. As a generation that gets tired of divisiveness, and political agendas, the concept of team work is refreshing, and valuable. Trust, and unity are essential in making progress in any situation.
Are Millenninals ready for the zombie apocalypse? What are your zombie-proof plans?
Also watch the mid-season premier of The Walking Dead this Sunday, February 10th, on AMC.