Did you guys see the season 3 premiere of The Walking Dead on Sunday?! It. Was. Crazy. The episode opened on our favorite group of survivors after a tough winter of, well, surviving — the happy characters of the second season seem to have been replaced with exhausted, hardened warriors.
But the thing that struck me most about this new season was the marked increase in female badassery. So even if you’re not a fan of the show, you might wanna pay attention to these ladies! (But, just a warning: I’m about to get real nerdy.)
Lori’s gotten a pretty bad rap since the first season, when we found out she had been cheating on her husband Rick (the sexiest man ever) with his best friend Shane (the second sexiest man ever). And then she got pregnant! And then she decided to keep the baby! In the middle of a zombie apocalypse, folks!
But I’ve always loved her character for being so cool under the pressure of all the emotional and phsyical turmoil of impending doom. She’s a fierce mother, a loyal wife, a voice of reason and makes human mistakes like the rest of us. But best of all? She can still take out her fair share of zombies, even with her nine months-pregnant belly in the way!
Andrea has been the resident tough chick since season one. She’s always been on the front of the battle lines when it comes to walkers. But after the latest season finale, we weren’t too sure what would become of her. Sunday gave us great news! She’s just as tough as ever, but now has an even tougher new friend!
Michonne is the katana-wielding wonder woman who saved Andrea’s life. She’s taken care of herself throughout the whole zombie attack, and has the chained zombie-slaves to prove it. Just look at her! I swear, she’s the coolest character on TV right now, and I can’t wait to see where her character goes!
I always loved Maggie because, in the face of mass death and destruction, she’s always seemed so full of life. She’s willing to love and smile and sing when others aren’t. It wasn’t until this third season opener, however, that she started to get her hands dirty.
I don’t want to give too much away for anyone who’s playing catch up with recent episodes, but for the first time, Maggie steps up to join the men on a guerilla zombie attack. She’s ferocious, and seems so happy about it. She alone inspired me to sign up for boot camp classes, because I want to be her when the inevitable zombie breakout reaches us!
One lost her daughter, the other lost her mom. These two women had been tucked nicely into the background of the show for too long — but that all changed at the beginning of this season. Turns out Carol is a great shot! And Beth is finally out of bed and has started fighting back. These women also do a great job of maintaining the civility within their circle. In a new reality filled with violence, it’s these women who reminds the group of it’s good human nature, which is arguably the hardest and most important role in a zombie epidemic.
Sorry for yet another essay, I just get really excited about zombies…
But really, though, isn’t it awesome that the women of The Walking Dead are finally getting the spotlight they deserve?! In a genre that is usually dominated by male figures, it’s so refreshing to see a whole slew of dynamic female characters who make the show what is is.
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