Originally Posted by HDMe2
I caught up this week... so some random comments now that I can be back in the thread again...
I still can't believe people are still agonizing over the show not ever talking about the cause or cure for the zombie virus. It's not going to happen... ever... unless Kirkman has a change of heart. From the very beginning, his comic which this show is based upon... Kirkman always said that every movie always ended in a place where he wanted to know what happened next to the characters. That's what the Walking Dead is... there is no cure, they don't know the cause... but life goes on in the new normal. This is the story of how the remaining survivors deal with it. You don't have to like it, and they might not always execute it properly... but that's the show.
We know they don't intend to show it, but it doesn't mean we don't want to see it.
Further, we don't have to know the cause of it. It would just be nice to see a little backstory of some of these people from before the zombies (err....walkers) came on the scene. It can be done very well as evidenced by the flashbacks in "Lost", which were well done and really altered how you saw the characters.
For example, the character of Michael started out with everyone thinking he was a dead-beat dad. As his flashbacks progressed through the first season, we learned he was actually a really unlucky guy who actually tried to see his son and even wanted custody. He even got hit by a car on the way to the court hearing. He then went to a sympathetic character before he became crazy when his son was kidnapped.
Desmond and Locke were two other characters with surprising backstories along with Sawyer and Hurley. Jack, on the other hand, was pure rubbish. They should have gone with the original plan and killed him off in the first episode.
You might as well be watching Gilligan's Island and wondering when they are going to get off the island... They actually did, eventually, and you know what? Ruined the show.
Um, no they didn't. Spoiler alert: The series ended with them still marooned.
It was over a decade after the show was off the air that they made it off in a made for TV reunion show. What ruined the show was having people like the Harlem Globetrotters show up and get rescued, leaving everyone else still there.
Your example also fails because we know exactly how the Gilligan's Island crew got to the island and why they were all on the boat. There's a song about it that started every episode.
Even in the original "Night of the Living Dead", we here news reports of a meteor and hints that "the dead are raising from the graves". It wasn't an entire back story, but it was something to explain how we got to where we were in the movie.