When catastrophe strikes (the farm) people disperse like sheep, then coalesce again around a leader, looking for a world that’s about more than just surviving. But when they’re safe they either swear allegiance or turn on him, and apparently this depends entirely on whether you are a male or female. Get that straight, betas, if you show any weakness women will instantly sleep with your best friend or abandon you for the next runner up; which is why such shows and movies are always from one perspective, i.e. not, “why would the women want to turn on him?” but “what should a man do when the crazy bitches turn on him?”– the answer evidently being: get tough and declare this isn’t a democracy.
This depiction of post-apocalyptic reality does reveal what constitutes men’s secret anxiety, that since women (partial object) are simplistic and not well defined, then they will abandon you for the most simplistic of reasons. Which is why the show tells you a heck of a lot more about why Shane turned on Rick than why the women turned on Rick: women, like dogs, can only be trusted if they’re well fed and with a master who has a strong hand.
And yet still they do not call them zombies.