“Ok, so this is quite a hot button issue, so I’m not going to let the fact that I’m a big fan of the show get in the way, but I just want to quickly cover why I think it may or may not be one of TV’s most diverse shows.
Firstly, let’s establish that as much as anyone likes this show, it has its problems, some small, some massive. It fell down during its third season and has been slowly recovering, and now, on the 6th season, I think it’s as good as it’s ever been.
I think part of that is to do with the diversity on display, in race, sexuality and gender, and at the moment, The Walking Dead seems to be in a comfortable groove, both with its crowd-pleasing action and character drama.
The show has famously had a problem in killing off its black characters, as does it’s sister show ‘Fear the Walking Dead’, and whilst there is a strong sense that it isn’t a resolved problem, there is a stronger racial diversity than the show has yet had. This is in part to the growth of the cast with the introduction of Alexandria, and the reintroduction of fan favourite Morgan back into the cast.
The show has always had a problem with killing of its character gratuitously, such as Beth last season, as well as the fairly unnecessary deaths of both Tyreese and Noah, two black characters, who got decent send off’s, but didn’t have much of a strong legacy behind them…”