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George Romero thinks The Walking Dead doesn't have enough "dead" in it

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If you were holding your breath for father of all zombie movies George Romero and The Walking Dead to come together, you can stop. The director does not care for the hit TV show, calling it a "soap opera."

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While Romero explained his decision to skip directing The Walking Dead with io9 in more details back in 2011, he expressed his disdain for the immensely successful zombie series in a recent interview with The Big Issue:

“They asked me to do a couple of episodes of The Walking Dead but I didn’t want to be a part of it,” Romero told The Big Issue. “Basically it’s just a soap opera with a zombie occasionally. I always used the zombie as a character for satire or a political criticism and I find that missing in what’s happening now.”

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So the problem is it's about people more than zombies? Wasn't that also what Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and even Day of the Dead were about? About how people could be worse threats than any mindless flesh-eating creature? Isn't that why they were so good? Is this about Lori? Because she's gone, man. You should give it another chance.

[Via Uproxx]

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The director does not care for the hit TV show, calling it a "soap opera."

I'm not exactly the biggest fan of TWD (though encouraged by signs this season's finally getting its shit together), but "soap opera" is just the most lazy and snobbish put down. And it's a little rich coming from Romero who, frankly, has been living off his back catalogue for years rather than doing interesting and relevant work.