George Romero Fires A Shot at The Walking Dead

Herner Klenthur

The Walking Dead Season 2Are you curious where George Romero stands on The Walking Dead? No need to wonder any more thanks to a recent interview that the legendary director conducted with ‘The Big Issue‘.

During the interview they asked George Romero  to share his insights on The Walking Dead and he pulled no punches


“They asked me to do a couple of episodes of The Walking Dead but I didn’t want to be a part of it,”

“Basically it’s just a soap opera with a zombie occasionally. I always used the zombie as a character for satire or a political criticism and I find that missing in what’s happening now.”

I have met George Romero a few times and he is a super nice guy and I firmly believe he is not trying to insult the show as much as share a feeling that is shared by many fans.  The Walking Dead is not your parents zombie show.

Romero is right when he says that the Zombie’s in The Walking Dead have become secondary elements. He is also right that The Walking Dead is more soap opera then a tale of zombies. However the one thing we all tend to overlook is that what AMC is doing with The Walking Dead fits perfectly with the demographic they are targeting….. everyone!

A Walking Dead TV show directed by George Romero and featuring subtle political and social criticism would please people like me but mainstream viewers would very quickly tune out. We have seen already that mainstream audiences are not interested in George Romero’s zombies by the lackluster success of Land of the Dead, Survival of the Dead and Diary of the Dead.

Although those films are winners for many genre fans mainstream movie goers and TV audiences have no stomach for George Romero’s unique profile and view on Zombies. I think that the offer to have George Romero direct a few episodes of The Walking Dead is more about paying homage then truly involving him in moulding the series.

What do you think of George Romero’s comments on The Walking Dead? Agree? Disagree? Would you like to see him step behind the lens and direct a few episodes?

For me if George Romero directed a few episodes of The Walking Dead would definitely raise Romero’s profile and add value to the hit show. The Walking Dead has always been about the people as much as the zombies and so has Romero’s films. Bringing George Romero into the world of The Walking Dead would be ground breaking!


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      1. Shane Lewis November 3, 2013 at 11:56 pm

        He’s a douche. Romero is just pissed that the walking dead surpassed his Night of the dead movies.

        • Nicholas James Reardon
          Nicholas James Reardon November 3, 2013 at 11:57 pm


        • STILL : Web Series
          STILL : Web Series November 4, 2013 at 12:12 am

          I don’t think he is pissed. It’s not his thing. Walking Dead is a soap opera. His stuff is more political. Both are their own thing. No douche about it. Why should he be pissed?? He’s a milliionare!!

      2. Gregory Varney November 3, 2013 at 11:57 pm

        we don’t need politics in the waking dead we already have that.l

      3. Shawn Griffin November 3, 2013 at 11:58 pm

        I love Romero but past is past and his past releases since “DAY” have been crap at best … Easily forgettable.

      4. Don J Krouskop November 3, 2013 at 11:58 pm

        Amen, George!

      5. Kimberly Parilese Adams November 3, 2013 at 11:58 pm

        George isn’t a douche. He is in the wrong age bracket

        • Horror-Movies.ca
          Horror-Movies.ca November 4, 2013 at 12:06 am

          Anyone who calls George Romero a douche has never met him. He is a classy and kind man!

        • Josh Merrell
          Josh Merrell November 4, 2013 at 12:06 am

          He’s not even in the wrong age bracket. It hasn’t been really good since season 1, and this interview is really old.

      6. Hector Rios November 4, 2013 at 12:01 am

        The worst episode of walking dead was way better than diary of the dead.

        • Jim Laca November 4, 2013 at 4:46 am

          That is a fact. That movie blew donkey dick.

      7. Vivian November 4, 2013 at 12:02 am

        I love both Romero and The Walking Dead. You like what you like. You don’t what you don’t. I like most genres of Horror except torture porn. Not everything has to be guts and gore to appeal to me. I just love Horror! :)

      8. Ray November 4, 2013 at 12:03 am

        Glad for the GOOD Zombie movies George Romero made, the last last 2 SUCKED. Time to move on George. TWD has far surpassed all that you did, just accept it and move on.

        • Michelle November 4, 2013 at 12:15 am

          I definitely agree, his movies were edgy but now they are a tired rehashing of his glory days of movie making. There is nothing edgy or new about his newer movies. That being said, I think it was a nice gesture on behalf of TWD to offer him an opportunity to direct because of his early contributions to the zombie genre. Too bad his inflated ego got in the way.

        • hgsfd September 8, 2014 at 7:08 am

          You seriously must be joking. Nothing that The Walking Dead has done has surpassed Night Of The Living Dead or Dawn Of the Dead. Hell, Or Day Of the Dead. It is sad but true. TWD could be insanely better than it is. They have turned it into a melodrama with some zombies that pop out of the forest every once in a while. A far, FAR cry from the show it was in season one with Frank Darabont. Not only is it not even in the top 20 shows on TV. It isn’t even close to being the best horror show on TV. If you can really call it a horror show.

      9. Anil Sehgal November 4, 2013 at 12:06 am

        Land of the Dead was a terrible film! If zombies are rotting, how can they suddenly develop thinking capabilities? This is where he went wrong!

        • Sergio Hernández Castillo
          Sergio Hernández Castillo November 4, 2013 at 1:37 am

          He invented them…..he can do whatever he wants

        • Anil Sehgal
          Anil Sehgal November 4, 2013 at 1:40 am

          Sure he can! You can’t claim in one movie that zombies are piles of rotting puss and then turn around and give them a “brain”! You can’t contradict a theory which you are setting into peoples minds. That defeats the whole purpose. That’s all I’m saying mate!

        • Maaz November 10, 2013 at 5:06 pm

          Stupid Indians

      10. Mark Martinez November 4, 2013 at 12:07 am

        Romero is given way too much credit for Night of the Living Dead. The multitude of people that worked on it had a tremendous amount of influence on how it turned out. He reaped the rewards.

      11. Steven Michael Kirkpatrick November 4, 2013 at 12:08 am

        He should be taking that anger out on the people who want to remake his movies then proceed to shit on the script. WD is awesome.

      12. Kimberly Parilese Adams November 4, 2013 at 12:08 am

        Lot’s of people his age do not dig the show and thats ok.

      13. Kimberly Parilese Adams November 4, 2013 at 12:09 am

        Wow Mark is off the mark.

      14. Aaron Whitsell November 4, 2013 at 12:10 am

        I’m with Romero!! I watched the first season and lost interest because of the soap opera feel to it!!!

      15. Erica Smith November 4, 2013 at 12:11 am

        Lmao! Soap opera with a zombie occasionally! Romero nailed it. 😀

      16. Matt Butler November 4, 2013 at 12:11 am

        Hmmm.. He is dead on that the /show/ is a soap opera, with all the horrible cliches that it implies.

        The article, however, is right. Romero’s movies are more thought provoking and focused, while Walking Dead (The show not the graphic books) tends to be more “Lets water everything down to the lowest common denominator”.

        The first will have a smaller fan base, while the second will be liked by more people as it frankly requires less from each demographic.

      17. Jessica Meachem November 4, 2013 at 12:15 am

        George knows his stuff… love the man and have tons of respect for him…and hes 100% right about the walking dead.

      18. PPenetrationn NNoww November 4, 2013 at 12:15 am

        the Walking Dead is awful…..endless boring chat and a few really badly directed, totally unexciting action sequences.

      19. Justin Lion Weiss November 4, 2013 at 12:15 am

        Alex Sink Nolan Swafford all these ppl hating on the godfather of zombies come on id rather watch any one of his films then watch what a joke the walking dead has become

        • Nolan Runnelsbee Swafford
          Nolan Runnelsbee Swafford November 4, 2013 at 12:22 am

          Yeah I mean with cinema gold like the Dawn of the Dead remake, who’d wanna watch The Walking Dead

      20. Kimberly Parilese Adams November 4, 2013 at 12:16 am

        You don’t have to be so rude Reynikki Perez Ortega

      21. Vivian Raffeala Kasley November 4, 2013 at 12:18 am

        Why even try to break it down like it is an algebraic equation? You like what you like. Whatever. I watch all forms of horror. Some brutal..others not so much. Just watch what you watch and that is all. I actually liked Diary of the Dead, and Land of the Dead.( I was not crazy about Survival of the Dead) I watch movies to be entertained; not to break one up like a paper I had to write in College.

      22. PPenetrationn NNoww November 4, 2013 at 12:18 am

        and so what is Romero hasn’t directed anything good for a while?…his original Zombie trilogy is worth a million Walking Deads and is an achievment that few of us will equal in our lifetimes.

      23. Shane Lewis November 4, 2013 at 12:19 am

        People can bad mouth the Walking dead all they want. But the fact is the walking dead to me seems more of what would happen in real life if there was a zombie pandemic

      24. Eduardo Sanchez Agueros November 4, 2013 at 12:22 am

        Romero just wants attention!

      25. Katie Doherty November 4, 2013 at 12:24 am

        Reynikki just made me sad for her generation. No respect or sense of gratitude for those who paved the way. Just…wow. There is a way to express yourself intelligently, respectfully, and effectively. You have managed to accomplish 0 out of 3.

        Those of us who grew up with “all dem moviez dat suck” still love them and can at least respect another person’s opinion. Someone created the garbage and maybe did so with their last penny. There are films that I do not care for but wouldn’t speak like that to someone who does. I personally cannot stand Rob Zombie flicks but would never be nasty to the fanboys who believe he can do no wrong (even when they are nasty to me).

        Call it an oxymoron, but I am a horror fan with class.

      26. Rob Sacchetto November 4, 2013 at 12:26 am

        While we’re on the subject, the Walking Dead app that “Turns you into a Zombie” is the WORST thing I’ve EVER seen! :)

      27. Kim Manuel November 4, 2013 at 12:27 am

        I do like what he did for zombies. But on the other hand TWD is doing just fine without him. I think it would add credit to him if he did direct a couple but then again if you already have it in your head that it’s a soap opera then your not going to do your best so I say stay away with you ego Big man. They are a hot unlike your last couple of films

      28. Joe Parks November 4, 2013 at 12:28 am

        I am ready for Walking Dead to end, personally. I am sick to death of zombies. Zombies are the new slasher film. I quit watching WD after 2nd season. I avoid anything to do with zombies. I say this a s huge Romero fan, and a guy who claimed Dawn of the Dead as a top 3 favorite film, loved Lucio Fulci’s Zombie and Gates of Hell.

        • John March 29, 2014 at 11:12 am

          Yep I’m with you there, your all band wagon jumpers! Everyone used to make fun of me years ago for being into ‘stupid’ zombie films, now those same people are all zombie mad and hooked on The Walking Dead. No one ever talks about Fulci who contributed to the genre as much as Romero. Zombie Flesh Eaters was a great movie! Although I do like TWD, to me Day of the dead (1985) is my all time favourite.

      29. Kimberly Parilese Adams November 4, 2013 at 12:28 am

        Reynikki Perez Ortega you are rude. Just be real with yourself.

      30. Karine Boulanger November 4, 2013 at 12:32 am

        I agree with him, it is melodrama + zombies. look at the new season, their big problem is now… another epidemic!

      31. Shane Lewis November 4, 2013 at 12:36 am

        George is just mad that he’s no longer in the spotlight. He created the flesh eating zombies and he will always be known for that.

      32. nunslaughter November 4, 2013 at 12:37 am

        I feel that the zombie genre has been stolen from me in a way. I don’t mean anything bad about TWD, but zombies have become mainstream craze. Back in the day when I told people I was a big zombie-fan they used to give me a weird look. I liked that. It was my own genre in a way. I know it’s a bit selfish and silly to say that, but it’s the same thing when your favorite underground band all of a sudden becomes billboard material. My own feelings aside there is another big problem; the commercialization of zombies. The (mostly) awful remakes, Zombieland, World War Z (another thing I loved before anyone had heard of it…), running zombies (for f*ck’s sake man?) – all watered down, cheapened and produced to suit a wide audience that doesn’t know a damn about zombies. Cheap “scares” and no heart. Luckily there is still a lot of good movies being made within the genre by people who love zombies. I kind of went off topic now, but I had to say something. Up the Fulci!

      33. Kimberly Parilese Adams November 4, 2013 at 12:38 am

        Trolling wastes everyone’s time.

      34. Gary Jenkins November 4, 2013 at 12:39 am

        Original night sucked. Maybe it was edgy if you are old and around when it came out. Dawn is boring as fuck. Day is decent land of the dead kicks ass. Everything else of his sucks. Just an old man living in past glory that needs to retire and get out to the pasture. Maybe his original trilogy fanbois can wipe his ass and feed him in a few years?

      35. Jody Armijo-Peru November 4, 2013 at 12:44 am

        love George romero but he’s got it all wrong, this is closer to reality than his old school stuff.

      36. Justin Lion Weiss November 4, 2013 at 12:44 am

        No wonder the walking dead sucks I mean even the fans are stupid and dont know fucking shit about good movies or good directors

      37. Kris Walters November 4, 2013 at 12:46 am

        Knock it off with bashing Romero. He has made some less than stellar movies but don’t forget the classics he made. Hes the godfather of zombies. Fall back. Justin Weiss Alex Sink Nolan Swafford

        • Nolan Runnelsbee Swafford
          Nolan Runnelsbee Swafford November 4, 2013 at 12:47 am

          My favorite movie of his was Titanic

        • Michael Woods November 4, 2013 at 2:06 am

          The godfather of zombies became the creepy child molesting uncle of zombies with Land, Diary, and Survival.

      38. Katie Doherty November 4, 2013 at 12:46 am

        They’re just on opposite ends of the genre. I like them both in different ways for different reasons. I love Greg Nicotero’s work and I clapped when I saw Tom Savini’s cameo in Land of the Dead (the only one in the theater). I also get tickled when Bruce Campbell is in pretty much anything. I am just a fan, not a rabid fanboy. It’s ok not to like everything.

        I don’t think he was taking a shot at it necessarily but expressed his distaste for it. I think it’s weird that he liked Shaun of the Dead but not TWD but to each his own. It would’ve been cool to have him guest-direct though.

      39. MICHAEL NHAT November 4, 2013 at 12:48 am

        Making it a “Soap Opera” can also be what his latest films lack. Character development.

      40. Paul McQueen November 4, 2013 at 12:53 am

        I love George Romero’s dead movies all of them the gritty way he views zombies through his eyes brilliant.

        I also love the walking dead and yeah it’s a bit of a soap but its a soap with fricking zombies.

        I love both and I’m a more happier man for both.

      41. Shane Lewis November 4, 2013 at 12:54 am

        Exactly Chris. He is the Godfather of the Zombies. Some of his movies were shitty but still better than these B zombie movies. For a Network Tv Show the Walking Dead is great. And yes some of the episodes are boring and do drag but the show does have some pretty intense episodes. In a real life zombie apocalypse there would politics involved someway or another.

        • Anil Sehgal
          Anil Sehgal November 4, 2013 at 2:07 am

          Right on! 😀

      42. Zach Wiese November 4, 2013 at 12:56 am

        How can people be a zombie genre fan and not like the walking dead..? Have you seen the zombie movies that have came out lately? Dawn of the dead remake was the last good one. WWZ was a good movie but didn’t feel like a true zombie flick. If romero thinks twd is too much of a drama..agree to direct and help write a few episodes and be relevant again.

      43. A Critic November 4, 2013 at 12:58 am

        Correct grammar would make this column better. I’m no grammar nazi, but this is ridiculous.

        • Herner Klenthur November 4, 2013 at 1:15 am

          Actually you are. I am a fanboy not a ‘writer’ and I take all constructive feedback to heart.

      44. David Jordan November 4, 2013 at 1:20 am

        It doesn’t matter still a badass show

      45. disneymouse November 4, 2013 at 1:38 am

        George Romero is one of the very few people I’m okay with making statements like this, he calls it a soap opera with an occasional zombie here or there, isn’t that exactly the premise of TWD to begin with,focusing on the people and how the zombie apocalypse affects their lives?

      46. Ginger Chejin-Catino November 4, 2013 at 1:53 am

        Wow….I luv George Romero but I have to say he’s a bit wrong….the last few movies he made…land of the dead and survival of the dead pretty much were a disappointment. The walking dead is not a Romero film, but for a tv show, it’s the BEST damn thing ….

      47. Ginger Chejin-Catino November 4, 2013 at 1:53 am

        Wow….I luv George Romero but I have to say he’s a bit wrong….the last few movies he made…land of the dead and survival of the dead pretty much were a disappointment. The walking dead is not a Romero film, but for a tv show, it’s the BEST damn thing ….

      48. Nick Barton November 4, 2013 at 2:14 am

        The problem is that the Walking Dead isn’t about the zombies and horror people have to understand the fact that the show along with the comic is about the people who survive they are the walking dead not the zombies. The zombie apocalypse just plays out in the background of the human themes. If you want a zombie movie and show then watch that if you want a drama about people surviving with zombies in the mix that is what the Walking Dead delivers.

        • shannon November 4, 2013 at 5:08 am

          you would think he would have respect for them, doing a show on how some survived and what its leading too. all his movies they all die or leaves you wondering what next? yea good films except survival of the dead that was horrible. land of the dead i like the classics dawn and day of the dead, but at the end its a movie, zombie fans want to see who and how they survive along the way. he did make a comment saying that zombie movies these days are faster, when his was the ones just like the walking dead slow!! i think he is jealous of the fact the show is a hit. soap opera lol come on what isnt anymore scenes in your movies could be taken as soap opera moments. its the feel of the loss and seeing how they survive and grow into what the world has turned them into. that makes it a good show, i see more zombies on it then i do your films cause it continues into a story.. like the remake of dawn of the dead completely different and at the end the camera drops? no action no what happened! i have a collection of zombie movies and i am a big fan of the walking dead and cast.

      49. John November 4, 2013 at 6:19 am

        I respect the hell out of Romero, as a horror fan how could I not? But it seems as though he thinks that because the show isn’t telling a zombie tale the way *HE* would it’s garbage and sorry, George, that’s nonsense. I’ll also go on record as saying that pretty much any random episode of TWD is better than his last two ‘Dead’ films combined. I’m just hearing a lot of resentment in his voice there. He’s also notorious for being on the side of the zombies in his stories and I don’t think he likes that the show is driven by human drama. Lastly I would also point out the show’s title has a double meaning, it’s as much about the humans being The Walking Dead as it is the walkers, always was. It’s a conscious thematic decision that began in the books, it didn’t suddenly go that way so yes the walkers are sometimes secondary, it’s that way by design.

      50. Gary November 4, 2013 at 6:36 am

        Much respect to Romero for bringing zombies to the limelight, but Walking Dead is an evolution of what he began and it was inevitable. He can do what he wants, but his unwillingness to evolve with the genre and audience only shows stubbornness and takes away from his icon status more than anything else. He can’t discredit The Walking Dead when not only fans of his films, but a much wider audience has embraced it and shown by viewership that it is what they want. Walking Dead is being done amazingly well.

      51. Alex Lopez November 4, 2013 at 9:56 am

        I don’t see why people are getting upset with Romero’s comments, he’s actually right when you think about it because, yes there are zombies, but the focus is on the people surviving and how its effecting them and how they develop later on in the series just like what most soap operas do. Don’t get me wrong I love the walking dead but you can’t get mad at someone for stating their opinion, its just like some of you who think his movies suck, I personally liked them but that’s my opinion there’s really no need to get all butt hurt about it

      52. Bishop November 4, 2013 at 1:23 pm

        I’ve always thought the remake was way better than the original.

      53. Dennis Francis November 4, 2013 at 3:19 pm

        There is no way you can compare Walking Dead to anything related to Romero. Two very different styles. Unfortunately for Romero, he had not had a good film in YEARS!

        As for Walking Dead, yes the show is very dramatic and has a soap opera feel to it. You either love the show, or hate it. I think that the creators are doing a good job at bringing back the zombies, but at the same time there is just too much drama between characters that it takes back any horror aspect of surviving a zombie apocalypse. They are only trying to survive each other.

        I love The Walking Dead, but as well am finally losing much interest in the show because it seems the ideas are running thin. Ricks character is very confusing. Darryl is still the same, and much of the supporting cast is not getting much screen time.

        Romero doing an episode or two, I do not think will benefit the show. He can bring a ton more zombie action but when he is done it will just go back to the drama fest.

      54. Steve November 4, 2013 at 4:28 pm

        Romero and subtle politics shouldn’t be used in the same sentence. After Day, he essentially beats the viewer over the head with his political bat. It’s one reason his movies started sucking so bad. That and the writing and acting being atrocious.

      55. james November 11, 2013 at 12:24 pm

        Honestly, as a film maker he honestly isn’t very good… The first NOTLD movie was a fluke. The rest of them were B movies, nothing special either.

        • Dennis Francis November 12, 2013 at 3:55 pm

          Then you must be a POS film maker because you clearly haven’t seen Dawn of the Dead which is considered his best zombie movie.

      56. No one September 5, 2014 at 4:56 pm

        TWD sucks. To much nonsense. Maybe you Romero haters should look up the interview witht he writer of TWD and check out how much of his success he gives Romero. He said all of it. No real horror fan wants all the drama and soap that TWD brings. I also hear through the grapevine that Darrel is coming out gay in this season. I ditched that show when the Governor showed up.