The Walking Dead is not really comparable to Game of Thrones. The Walking Dead is set in a post-apocalyptic world where the undead rule. Game of Thrones is an epic fantasy that uses magic and dragons as well as copious amounts of sex and violence to move the plot along. However, The Walking Dead has created a mock artwork to compete with what the show does actually have in common: the undead.
With The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, arguably, the biggest shows on television at the moment, it seems the battle to rule supreme is now underway. When HBO released its new artwork for Season 7, The Walking Dead‘s official Skybound Twitter account promptly returned a poster that is in direct competition with HBO’s. They then asked their fans which they prefer, walkers or white walkers, indicating the two could go head to head. However, as Comic Book points out, fans can rest assured that the two programs will not be airing at the same time slot and that fans will not be forced to choose which they prefer. Also, the Skybound account is directly related to the comic books the TV series is based on and not AMC directly, so it is unlikely they have a lot of input into programming for the TV show, even if Robert Kirkman, who created The Walking Dead comics, is involved with both outlets
HBO is busy getting ready for the Season 7 premiere of Game of Thrones. Overnight, they not only dropped the poster in question, but a trailer for Season 7 as well. The trailer reveals details of upcoming plot lines, including those involving the Lannisters, the Targaryens, and the Starks. You can find out more about what you might have missed in the new trailer for Season 7 of Game of Thrones via this previous Inquisitr article.
The Walking Dead does not return until the fall of this year, with fans betting on the usual month of October for the Season 8 premiere. However, its companion program, Fear the Walking Dead, returns on June 4. Seeing the perfect opportunity to fire a shot at the other juggernaut program that also includes the undead, The Walking Dead released the following mock poster for Season 8 of The Walking Dead via their official Twitter account.
— The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingDead) May 24, 2017
As you can see, the above image bears a striking resemblance to the Season 7 poster HBO has just released for Game of Thrones. Both posters show a version of the undead applicable to the show involved. However, interesting to note is the fact that Skybound has decided to further emulate HBO’s white walkers by including their walker with a blue eye, just like those seen north of the Wall in Game of Thrones.
So, can anything be taken away from the new poster? Most likely, Skybound has released this poster for Season 7 because the comparison has always been made between the walkers in The Walking Dead and those in Game of Thrones. Considering this is really the first time HBO has released key artwork that features a white walker by itself, it probably seemed like the perfect opportunity to make the comparison between the two different walkers.
While both shows are currently huge ratings draw cards, Game of Thrones will be winding up production with Season 8 being its last. HBO does not want to take advantage of the huge viewership in order to drag the series out beyond its logical conclusion. It is, however, considering several new Game of Thrones-inspired series once the show concludes in 2018.
AMC, however, has no plans to shut down The Walking Dead. After all, it still has plenty of source material to use from the comic books the show is based on. But this hasn’t stopped AMC from branching out within the Walking Dead universe with its series Fear the Walking Dead.
Which do you prefer, The Walking Dead‘s walkers or Game of Throne‘s white walkers? Let us know by posting in the poll below.
Season 7 of HBO’s Game of Thrones will premiere on July 16 with a shortened season. The Walking Dead returns to AMC for Season 8 in the fall of 2017.
[Featured Image by HBO/AMC/Skybound]