Yeah I’m not a zombie fan but I love the show with its post apocalyptic survival theme.
Have you been following “Last Resort”? That’s been pretty good but they’ve been ruining it with the “I’m for you”, “I’m against you”, wishy washy allegiances of the senior officers to Marcus Chaplain.........
That is the beauty of this show. Its not really a ZOMBIE flick/tv show. Instead it is a well written superbly acted and filmed DRAMA that has zombies in it.
You could take the zombies out entirely and have some other reason for the end of the world and it would still be a very good show. Though the constant pressure of avoiding the zombies give the show its harsh edge!
The real secret though is the characters and the conflict they provide. First rule of any good story, "no conflict = no story" if you don't place your characters in the crucible you got two things "jack and shit".
The Writers of the Walking Dead do not rely on the Zombies to provide the conflict they are just an obstacle that must be dealt with. The REAL conflict comes from the characters and how they deal with each other while trying to survive. And, the characters are well-rounded and superbly portrayed.