I am totally hooked on this show in spite of the amateurish acting. I cringe at any number of points during every episode, whether it’s Shane’s square-jawed manly-man machismo strut, Carol’s anguished reach-for-the-sky eyebrows, or Dale’s singular, mouth-agape facial expression (RIP he shall gape no more). And don’t get me started on the kid, Carl; you can feel him straining to convey…um…something.
I have read quotes about acting (“I’m gonna be an actor” “Don’t let anyone catch you doing it”) that emphasize the importance of subtlety in the craft. When I watch Walking Dead, I see the acting, and it hurts. It hurts bad. With few exceptions (Hershel, Maggie at times) the performances are soap opera quality. Compare this ensemble with the fine cast of Breaking Bad, where even the most minor players produce amazing, memorable characters. There is no comparison, there is no argument. Is there? As I write this it occurs to me that the zombies are the most realistic characters. I’ll still watch. I do like it. What bothers me, I guess, I that it could be so much better. mmm