If you follow the logic of the show, when God dies we retreat to the safety of old school biblical values: men become hunter/gatherers, women become homemakers/babymakers, and though men “rule” the women are the ones who really decide the alliances and ok the selfishness. Maggie’s need for Glenn makes him almost give up his friends; Carol latches on to self-sufficient Daryl and draws him into her own misery; and Lori will, apparently, move back and forth between alpha males and whisper just the right things to make rivals kill each other, things like “no matter what, the baby is yours.” When God and The Law don’t exist a woman will need a man to protect her, doesn’t matter who and everyone else– especially future amputees from another tribe– be damned. You might not have noticed the show’s undercurrent of misogyny, but it’s there, because when your value set goes Stone Age gender equality isn’t just diminished, it’s happily abandoned; the only thing that is TBD is whether the show’s popularity reflects a present longing in us for that same old value set.
And yet still they do not call them zombies.
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