While most fans of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” know that George A. Romero was asked to do several episodes of the series but turned it down, he only recently opened up and gave the reason for his decision. According to an Oct. 31 interview with The Big Issue, the father of zombies railed against the hit show.
Zombies have turned into a pop culture phenomenon. Following the Brad Pitt staring blockbuster “World War Z”, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” shattered the audience record for a cable show with its return to the air this fall. Between hit television shows and blockbuster movies zombies have fully transformed from sub-culture to pop-culture, and to George A. Romero, zombies have lost what made them useful plot characters.
I always used the zombie as a character for satire or a political criticism and I find that missing in what’s happening now.” -George A. Romero
In the process of becoming a pop culture phenomenon, zombies have evolved into something more than lumbering unholy creatures. This evolution has not been lost on the genius that gave us "Dawn of the Dead".
While considered the father of the modern zombie, George A Romero never intended this outcome. During his interview with The Big Issue, the author was asked about his reputation, and gave a telling answer.
No, never did. I never thought they were zombies. To me back then, zombies were those voodoo guys who were given some sort of blowfish cocktail and became slaves." - George A. Romero