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‘Walking Dead’ Seasons Airing In Black And White On AMC

The Walking Dead B&W

Catch The Walking Dead reruns in black and white because … Alright, no one knows why.

Just in case you don’t have Netflix, Hulu Plus, or good ol’ fashioned DVDs, AMC is re-airing season one of its hit zombie apocalypse show The Walking Dead with a twist. The episodes are being broadcasted in black and white.

Though AMC didn’t say why they’re airing Walking Dead reruns in black and white, some publications have guessed that the episodes are meant to be a tribute to old horror movies that have influenced the current zombie craze. We’re mostly thinking 1968s Night of the Living Dead, filmed in black and white for budgetary reasons by zombie film legend George A. Romero.

MSN opined that the black and white added to the terrifying atmosphere of Night of the Living Dead, but we’re skeptical of its effect on the more modern The Walking Dead.

It seems like a pseudo-artistic decision from where I’m sitting. Homage to Night of the Living Dead? Maybe. But The Walking Dead comic book is completely in black and white itself, so I think that’s the reason they’re airing the episodes as such. That explanation makes more sense, but the decision to air in black and white is still pretty lame if you ask me.

It was probably a Kirkman call. But, in the long line of strange AMC decisions over the past year, black and white episodes is pretty tame.

Episodes one and two of season one aired this past Thursday. Following episodes will be broadcasted likewise.

Oh, and check out this cool image of Daryl (Norman Reedus) in black and white from E! News. What do you think of The Walking Dead in black and white? Good call? Bad call? Somewhere in between?

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19 Responses to “‘Walking Dead’ Seasons Airing In Black And White On AMC”

  1. Matt Harvey

    As a tribute to Night of the Living dead? I dunno. I think it'd have more to do with the Comic books the show is based off of is in black and white.

  2. Sorsha Swordslayer

    Makes me wonder if the B&W will make the gore less shocking, but I doubt it. I'll never forget that scene where Rick's horse was ripped apart it was one of the first scenes that made me cover my eyes, but horror is supposed to do that. The story, the acting, the overall excellence of the show will still be there.

  3. Dean Smith

    its airing in black and white because the comic is black and white, in fact if I remember correctly, before the show first started, there was a lot of speculation about wheter the show would be done in black and white, and it was the same with the telltale game aswell, and also a lot of fans were dissapointed that it *wasnt* done in black and white, so I think that this is for them. so saying its a bad idea is bollox because as a huge fan of the comic myself, I know I would really enjoy watching it again in black and white, and I reckon the majority of the comic fans out there would aswell, so I think its actually a good move for them. in fact I'm sure that there are people on youtube that have posted clips of the series in black and white just because its the way they wished it had been done. Good on AMC for trying something different instead of playing it safe like other networks. I just have my fingers crossed that this show never ends…colour, or black n white.

  4. Dean Smith

    the reason its airing in black and white is because the comics are black n white, if I remember correctly, before the show first aired, there was a lot of speculation from comic fans as to whether the show would be done that way, it was the same with the telltale game. in fact a lot of comic fans were gutted that it wasnt done black and white, hence all the youtube clips from the show done black and white. so saying its a lame decision is balls if u ask me, because I know that a lot of the comics fans, me included, would defo watch a black and white version of the show. I actually think its very brave thing for the network to do, and kudos for them for trying something new instead of playing it safe like other networks would probably do….i just hope this show never ends to be honest, in colour, or black and white.

  5. Chris Newton

    it be cool if they did the blood red but as it stands its pointless as any tv can be black and white with the touch of a button though I can make b&w colour so all types of lameness.

  6. Alfonso Leal

    you talk like if you knew more… do you? can you share with everyone plz? is there more reasons for the series being in black and white now?

  7. Alexander Holman

    Its probably a tribute to the walking dead comic, which is in black and white.

  8. Justin Thurmond

    THANK GOD SOMEONE KNEW THIS WAS THE REASON.. because the comic books.. almost EVERY ARTICLE on this topic has no clue why.. its a shame how stupid people are

  9. Brad Schreiber

    So we're supposed to watch again because, Desaturation?