March 8, 2020 at 4:10 pm #1203375248
The Walking Dead is one of the biggest phenomenons on modern television. It’s held a solid, consistent critical standing and has maintained a huge fanbase with acclaim for its actors throughout the years. With the exception of a Globe Drama Series nom and WGA/DGA noms for the first season, it never quite picked up in a major way with the guilds. Why?March 8, 2020 at 4:21 pm #1203375264
Probably because if you’re a genre show, it doesn’t matter how great your writing is, to get recognition you need to be a cinematic spectacle. I’ve never watched TWD, but from what I have seen, it’s a technically impressive show, but it doesn’t have the same level of pure spectacle and visual “wow factor” that shows like Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, and Westworld had. It’s not bad that it looks pretty definitively like a TV show, but that hurts it at awards bodies that shy away from genre.March 8, 2020 at 4:32 pm #1203375277
I have watched it before and nothing about the show really felt undeniable except it’s makeup. It’s actually very inconsistent in its writing and without support for that or its directing, that’s where it loses. Not even SAG bit as populist as that was. No “prestige factor” to it.March 8, 2020 at 5:31 pm #1203375311
It could not have been far off in the early seasons between those guild nominations, various citations from non-industry groups and its mammoth ratings, but it seems that its genre kept it from being considered in the prestige conversation, like Empire and Scandal. It might have been a bit unlucky with timing, since Game of Thrones paved the way for such immediate and widespread prestige consideration of Stranger Things and Westworld. But it is hard to really play that hypothetical game since The Walking Dead was so instrumental in inciting the peak TV era that allowed for such mainstream acceptance of Game of Thrones, Stranger Things and Westworld, plus The Walking Dead launching when it did during the new golden age meant that it was able to get the nominations that it did because it came on the heels of Mad Men and Breaking Bad—at a time when there was less competition.March 8, 2020 at 6:32 pm #1203375340
I Really think Melissa McBride and Andrew Lincoln should have been nominated alongside Lennie James which where phenomenal in their best seasons. Writing and directing nominations would also be deserving, but it’s decline after most of the main characters left alongside it’s monstruous writing in later seasons just show that the quality here were just glimpses of what this show could hae been if the showrunners werent total shitheads.March 10, 2020 at 2:05 am #1203376676
I Really think Melissa McBride and Andrew Lincoln should have been nominated alongside Lennie James which where phenomenal in their best seasons. Writing and directing nominations would also be deserving, but it’s decline after most of the main characters left alongside it’s monstruous writing in later seasons just show that the quality here were just glimpses of what this show could hae been if the showrunners werent total shitheads.
Actually, there is an almost unanimous opinion between the fans (me included) that season 9 was one of the best seasons of the entire show (easily top 3) with Samantha Morton, Danai Gurira and Norman Reedus being the standouts. Season 10 has been pretty solid as well, Angela Kang became a showrunner for those season and she managed to improve the show a lot. Its worst seasons were 7 and 8.
It is also very interesting that a prestige movie actress like Samantha Morton (two Oscar noms, 1 Emmy nom, 2 Golden Globes noms and 1 win, 3 Bafta noms and 1 win, 2 European Film Awards noms and 3 Empire Awards noms and 1 win, this means that she was popular even with audiences) took such a complex, difficult, nasty and perverse role and it went unnoticed between the critics and the industry.
Thora Birch who was a huge star once has also given a terrific and very bold performance in season 10 that also went unnoticed outside of the fandom of the show, which also tells me that the barriers between cinema and TV has almost completely disappeared.
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