To many viewers, The Walking Dead is a fun, thrilling show. Every week, they tune in to see which characters will survive and which ones will die. But to talk show host Glenn Beck, The Walking Dead is a show that is giving people advice on how to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.
Beck isn’t saying that the world may soon become infested with zombies like it does on The Walking Dead. It could be anything, whether the economy collapses or some other catastrophic event takes place. During a recent broadcast of his radio show, Beck said he doesn’t know how people are watching this show just for fun.
“If you’re watching this just for pure entertainment, God bless you. I don’t know how you do it, and it must be nice to live in the world that you live in. I don’t live in that world.”
Beck then revealed that every time he watches The Walking Dead, he’s “taking notes.”
“I’m like, ‘OK, I gotta remember to do that. All right, that was a bad idea; don’t go there in case of the apocalypse.'”
But Beck also noted that the events that happen in real life will be much worse than what the characters are experiencing on The Walking Dead.
“They’ve got it easy compared to the way I think the world is going to break down.”
Beck was then questioned how it’s possible for him to not just watch The Walking Dead for entertainment purposes. He noted that there is no way for him to watch the series for fun because of how “dark” it is.
“I am looking at it as a study, because I really think it’s accurate on how — especially as you get to the later seasons — I think it is very accurate on how you would change.”
While Glenn Beck may be looking at The Walking Dead for survival tips, one of the show’s executive producers said a plot line in the series could benefit a lot of people in real life. During a chat with MTV, Gale Ann Hurd said Carol’s overcoming of domestic abuse could serve as an inspirational message to women whom have actually faced it.
“I think the character of Carol shows that there are ways to survive that abuse, to become your own woman, and hopefully that will inspire women to believe that there is a life after they have left their abuser.”
Hurd added that Melissa McBride, who plays Carol on The Walking Dead, has heard from real domestic abuse survivors.
The season finale of The Walking Dead airs this Sunday, March 29, at 9 p.m. on AMC.
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