Source: Henry ColburnINSPIRED
: The post-apocalyptic setting
The post-apocalyptic landscape is a common trope in speculative fiction. But the first modern example we have of it is also the most influential on not just the setting of "The Walking Dead," but many of the plot points and conflicts as well. In Mary Shelley's The Last Man, the main characters are forced to go on the run after a plague wipes out most of the world's population. While trying to find a permanent place to settle, they come into conflict with other groups and factions, including one that worships its leader as a messiah figure. The idea that the more dangerous enemy could be other survivors has been revisited in other works, including and especially "The Walking Dead." And while the Governor does not explicitly say he's a messiah, he comes pretty darn close. He even seems to possess a Messiah Complex, particularly with the responsibility and credit he bestows on himself.
The finale of the third season of "The Walking Dead" is this Sunday. In the meantime, check out our extended interview with Daryl himself, Norman Reedus, from last month: