The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies was seemingly our last foray into the wonderful world of Middle Earth. I am of the generation that grew up with Lord of the Rings, having watched it in high school. I saw how the Lord of the Rings brought the fantasy genre into the mainstream and how suddenly Tolkien was cool among my classmates. I read the books long before I watched the movies, but the movies were an essential part of my youth. So my last journey into Middle Earth was somewhat bittersweet. There are no further plans, so as I watched the final installment of the Hobbit, I couldn’t help but feeling like an era of my life was coming to a close. But that is merely my sense of nostalgia, I could always pop in the DVDs for another venture into the fantasy world of Tolkien.
In light of the start of The Walking Dead’s new season this month, it seemed fitting to examine zombies in a social and cultural context and given that the our culture’s undead fascination seems to be a popularity contest between vampires versus zombies, examining the two side-by-side seemed only right.