of The Walking Dead left fans reeling in shock and everyone’s still talking about it. You know. This one.
While the show’s creator about the fate of certain characters, the regarding the . Ultimately though, none of us will find out what really happened until Season 7 of The Walking Dead returns to our screens in October – or we hold Kirkman hostage. Either way works for us.
To make the wait more bearable, we’ve compiled a list of five zombie TV shows featuring more of those adorable brain-munchers that we’ve all grown to know and love. While none of the following programs include a crossbow wielding hottie or a sheriffs hat large enough to engulf an entire child, each of these zombie shows all deserve a place alongside The Walking Dead Season 7 when it eventually returns.
5. Z Nation
One thing we do know about Season 7 of The Walking Dead is that there won’t be too many laughs to be had, not while Negan continues to terrorise Rick and the gang, so in the meanwhile, it’s worth catching Z Nation,
Of all the shows on this list, Z Nation is the one most clearly created as a direct response to the success of The Walking Dead. The story follows survivors travelling across America who hold a potential cure for the virus, one that could end the apocalypse and save humanity.
We’ve seen it all before, even in The Walking Dead itself, but Z Nation sets itself apart through black humour and some novel characters who are definitely worth following through season one and beyond.
4. Ash VS Evil Dead
Few horror series amass a following as dedicated as The Evil Dead and a lot of that success is down to the charisma of Bruce Campbell, who brought horror icon Ash to life in the franchises first film, all the way back in 1981.
After a number of sequels and a modern reboot, Ash is back with his trademark chainsaw in tow, slicing and dicing his way through the evil Deadites once again on the small screen.
Some may be disappointed that The Evil Dead wasn’t resurrected as a groovy new movie, but the format of the show is perfect for exploring the mythology of the Necronomicon in more detail while giving Campbell free reign to be the Ash we know and love.
3. Les Revenants
The Walking Dead may have its quieter, character driven moments, but there’s still plenty of severed heads and bitten limbs to satisfy the gore-hounds out there. However, those of you in search of a more realistic approach to the apocalypse must seek out the French drama Les Revenants.
The zombies in Les Revenants are simply people who have returned to their small mountain town in the same condition as when they died, retaining their memories and personalities for the most part.
An American remake exists called The Returned, but the original is far superior, exploring themes of faith and death in a contemplative manner that hooks you in with enigmas that are threaded throughout the entire season.
Every cast member excels, the cinematography is stunning to behold and the haunting music performed by Mogawi creates a unique tone completely different than what we will see when Season 7 of The Walking Dead returns in October.
The Walking Dead isn’t the only zombie comic out there that’s received an amazing adaptation on the small screen, it’s just a lot less people watch iZombie.
The story follows a medical examiner called Liv Moore who’s transformed into a zombie one day. Standard fare so far, but the catch is that if Liv regularly eats brains, she can retain her personality and even has visions of the deceased’s life before they died. Naturally, Liv uses her newfound gifts to help solve murders in her own quirky style that makes you laugh out loud far more than a zombie TV show has any right to.
As is often the case with innovative shows like iZombie, there’s a danger that it could be cancelled before it’s time, sharing the fate of its predecessor, Veronica Mars. The petition to prevent that happening starts here, right now. Netflix the hell out of it, people.
1. In The Flesh
While The Walking Dead follows Rick and the gang as they to survive a zombie apocalypse and the likes of Negan, In The Flesh takes a decidedly different approach, examining life after a vaccine for the virus has been found.
Despite the devastation caused by the zombie uprising, those who have been cured are gradually reintroduced into society, now labelled partially deceased syndrome (PDS) sufferers. The show follows one of these former zombies, Kieran, as he struggles to fit back into his community amidst devastating scenes of hatred and loss.
In just nine episodes, the BAFTA winning show blew the competition out of the water, creating one of the most powerful depictions of prejudice ever seen on screen. Really, regardless of genre, In The Flesh is a stunningly beautiful show that will grab you by the feels and not let go. Let’s just hope Season 7 of The Walking Dead can come even close to the quality on display here.