Whether you are a fan of the comic book or will watch anything with Norman Reedus in it, blog why you started watching The Walking Dead:
I was tagged by the fabulous liddym2113.
Well, besides a general awareness of the show coming out, my first exposure came in my Trusts & Estates class in law school when one of my professor’s kept working it into hypotheticals because he was watching it with his son. My take away was: ugh, zombies, no thanks.
That feelings stayed for quite some time and then tumblr happened. And by tumblr, I mean leigh57. See, she started reblogging a lot of stuff. It began with Norman Reedus stuff and I was like “eh, whatever” because, while sometimes I find him incredibly hot, other times I’m like “eh, your eyes and hair are just not doing it for me, sir”—unpopular opinion, I know. Anyway, time ticked by and then Spring 2013 happened and the perfect storm occurred.
For a series of boring reasons I’ll ramble about in the tags, I don’t follow a lot of people on tumblr, so the first part of this perfect storm was when extraordinaryfearlessness decided to give up tumblr for lent, which meant a solid 40% of my dash became leigh57 and Carol Peletier. It was a slow and gradual fall at first. I started watching through gifsets and became more and more intrigued with character, specifically how a person grows, adapts, and changes in that world while trying to maintain the social constructs of the pre-apocalypse society. It was though Carol that I realized that the show was more than just fighting walkers. Still, I wasn’t ready to watch.
Then trial prep started, which included a number of glamorous things that are the opposite of glamorous. The Monday after ‘Inmates’ aired, I got home from work around 9:00 and saw a gifset leigh57 had reblogged of Carol being reunited with the girls. I had already learned a bit about the backstory through tumblr, but I was particularly drawn in to Lizzie, her dynamic with Carol, and the entire concept of treating mental health issues in a society without any structure or even basic stability. So I downloaded the episode and watched just those scenes. That was the beginning of the end.
The next weekend, I spent hours trapped at the office and decided that The Walking Dead was perfect background noise since I could work through (i.e., ignore) the walkers and the vast majority of the characters since at this point my only interest was learning more about Carol, so I was only interested characters in her periphery. Through a series of snarky public posts about a character who shall remain nameless and rambling messages to leigh57, I got more and more hooked on the show but continued to claim that I wasn’t going to fall in too deep. Ha.
Then ‘The Grove’ aired.
By that point, I had caught up to the current series and was desperately in love with Carol, but was still claiming that I wasn’t in full fangirl spiral. The episode gutted me for the reasons others have explained much more eloquently than I ever could, so I’ll spare you that ramble. But, suffice it to say, from that point on I was at a DEFCON 1 full out fangirl flail over Carol Peletier and Melissa McBride.
So here we are.