Zombie godfather George Romero hasn’t watched AMC’s hit The Walking Dead — and turned down an offer to direct episodes of the show.
In an interview with i09 promoting his new project, adapting a novel called The Zombie Autopsies, the Night of the Living Dead director had kind words for the show, despite doing his best to avoid it:
“I love the books, I haven’t seen any of the episodes,” Romero said. “Listen I love [executive producer] Frank [Darabont], I know he’s done a good job. I love the books, I never watched any of the episodes because… my zombies are sort of my own. I didn’t want to be part of it. Producers called and said, ‘Do you want to direct some of these?’ And I said ‘no.’ Because I just didn’t think it was me. I’ve been waiting to see the whole first season, which I missed because I’ve been traveling. I’ve been waiting to look at it, but I haven’t seen any of it.”
Romero went on to explain that his zombies were used to explore societal and political issues. “I don’t use them to just create gore,” he said. And as for the current zombie craze, he said, “I half expect a zombie to show up on Sesame Street.”