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Apocalypse Maybe

TV’s ratings monsters The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones are staggering toward oddly similar ends

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WALKERS, WALLS AND crusaders. All of humanity bifurcated into a good-vs.-evil, winnertake- all main event while a greater existential threat—the zombie apocalypse— looms. Add to that a callous indifference on the part of showrunners to killing off (and then occasionally resurrecting) a beloved main character. As the October 22 Season 8 premiere of The Walking Dead approaches, we wonder if AMC’s megahit is not Game of Thrones with a more penurious per-episode budget.

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