Dead show walking: is The Walking Dead limping towards doom or glory?

As it heads into its ninth season the zombie smash should be losing its bite. But with some drastic changes and the addition of Samantha Morton it could be reanimated How do you whip up excitement for the ninth season of a TV drama? That was the conundrum facing The Walking Dead before its return last night, a series that even its staunchest apologists would concede has not been firing on all cylinders for about four years now. Last year’s finale achieved the lowest end-of-season ratings since season one , and you can hardly blame the viewing public for jumping ship. A general throb of ennui is an understandable reaction to the show’s endless cycle of mud, moaning and misery – a cycle that looks set to continue without resolution for another lucrative decade , if the producers get their way. Continue reading...