Three years after the zombie virus has gutted the United States of America a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood.
"Z Nation" wasn't a copycat zombie apocalyptic show just because it premiered after "TWD." In actuality, "Z Nation" was everything that "The Walking Dead" currently still is not. First and foremost, "Z Nation" was a comedy; the show put wit, humor and creative plotlines into each episode.
The shows was completely outrageous, but that's what makes it fun. "Z Nation" was the first zombie apocalyptic piece of media to think outside of the box. The show introduced so many cool types of zombies in season one and zombie-related things, including the Z-Nado (tornadoes with zombies instead of sharks), Blasters (nuclear-blasted zombies), Phytos (half-zombies, half-plants), Radioactive Zombies (the name gives it away); and Z Weed, which is grown using zombie compost.
"The Walking Dead" is a highly-praised show, but its plot has remained the same for years—a group of survivors fight to survive the apocalypse and against other violent threats. It's a gritty drama, but is there any hope on that show?!
On the other hand, "Z Nation" focused on curing the world and it was really a single character, Murphy, who made the show more intriguing to watch. Murphy originally ran away from saving the world as "the cure" to play God and create human-zombie hybrids. YIKES! Fans now miss the series after it concluded with five seasons.
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The story of the years that follow after a zombie apocalypse, following a group of survivors led by a former police officer, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. As the world overrun by the dead takes its toll on the survivors, their interpersonal conflicts present a greater danger to their continuing survival than the walkers that roam the country.
"The Walking Dead" debuted in 2010, and it's been a premiere geek show ever since. The show may have lost some fans, but still has a strong following.
"TWD" survived a controversial seventh season. Fans were pissed that bat-wielding sociopath Negan brutally murdered beloved characters, Abraham and Glenn. And Carl died in season eight. Yet, "TWD" is still among the most highly rated shows on cable TV. Horror geeks are dedicated to "TWD." Although the show is dark and gloomy, you can't help, but watch what happens next. "TWD" will always break your heart, but keep you engaged—it's a show about an apocalypse, and reality is harsh! The show invests so much into the characters because it makes any death, at the hands of psychos or at the mouths of Walkers, that much more impactful. Fans remain invested. They ain't going anywhere.
"TWD" holds an overall fresh rating and audience score of 80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of publication). Back in September 2018, Forbes' Erik Kain wrote that the show was good again moving into season nine.
I will not go so far as to say that we're back to the golden age of Walking Dead television, but we do seem to be out of the weeds. If nothing else, the show has taken a turn for the better.