There is no doubt that the concept of zombie apocalypse is quite popular at the present moment. As it was mentioned by the scholars “these days, however, catastrophic events not only threaten friends, family, and neighbors; they also become the stuff of endless repetitions and dramatizations on radio, television, and Internet” (Borg, 2003, p. 57). That is why one might see numerous television series about vampires or werewolves. However, the two series in question feature dramatically different approaches towards depiction of the event. Thus, The Walking Dead is largely considered to be a serious work of art. The characters tend to face difficult ethical choices and often make actions that are controversial.
On the other hand, Z Nation represents a different approach: it is more focused on actions rather than ethical choices. Of course, there is space for character development; however, the time that shooting occupies in it is significantly bigger if compared to its counterpart. This shows that people like watching television series about zombies not to see the characters fight their own demons, but actually fight the real demons. In other words, there are two different approaches one of which uses zombie apocalypse as a background for exploring the real nature of the human beings and the other that strictly focuses on the post apocalyptic life.
It is rather surprising that the above mentioned television series are not classified as horror movies, though they have all the attributes: the monsters, the blood and the gore. Nevertheless, they are perceived by the public as something than that. This can be explained by the fact that “very little about the underlying structure of horror images really changes over time” (Mathias Clasen, 2010, p. 313). In other words, the primary purpose of these television series is to explore the eternal questions about this world