Conclusion: A Terminus
Rick Grimes’s semi-successful defense of the nuclear family is emblematic of how The Walking Dead represents struggles around reproductive futurism. The franchise presents a variety of queer alternatives to the heteronormative order, and in presenting the resistance to these alternatives, it also presents the contradictions within and damage from the traditional, monogamous, possessive sexual-familial model, helping us to consider the struggle of queer American families. Zombies (always already or potentially us) are oppositional to reproductive futurism and represent queer potentialities, and the containment of queerness invites denaturalizing consideration of its mechanisms. This containment sometimes fails, and until the conclusion of The Walking Dead, its completion remains deferred. In fact, the TV show has recently killed Carl, the ideological impact of which is for now unknown.
KeywordsThe Walking Dead Nuclear family Heteronormativity Zombies Queer
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