That literary or film fiction drinks from reality is a fact from which the narrators cannot escape in any way. And they shouldn’t try either because plausibility and empathy depend on viewers understanding the characters’ behavior and identifying with their circumstances. So even in a nonexistent apocalyptic world like The walking dead (Frank Darabont and Angela Kang, since 2010) and his two spinoff series, Fear the Walking Dead (Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson, since 2015) and World Beyond (Scott M. Gimple and Matthew Negrete, since 2020) is like that.
With the protagonists, both the group of Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) as well as that of Morgan Jones (Lennie James) and Alicia Clark (Alycia Debnam-Carey) and that of Iris (Aliyah Royale) and Hope Bennett (Alexa Mansour) must have an understandable behavior and face situations of the same condition. Even decent surrealism can be explained, and some rare examples of it are in the episodes of these AMC series.
A famous phrase from the Nazi Holocaust in ‘The Walking Dead’
With one foot in what the public recognizes from the real world, it should not seem strange to us that The Walking Dead uses elements of our history to breathe depth into your story. And that’s what they have done in the chapter “Acheron: Part I” (11×01), directed by Kevin Dowling (Bosch) and with a script by James Barnes (Gotham) and Angela Kang (Terriers) herself. To both is owed, then, the easter egg on nazi holocaust during world war II.
When Daryl Dixon’s gang, Maggie Rhee (Lauren Cohan), Gabriel Stokes (Seth Gilliam), Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), and company trek through the tunnels of the Washington DC metro to escape a severe storm outside, in one of walls reveal something written: “If God exists, he will have to beg my forgiveness”. It is what the Soviets found in one of the walls of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the most sadly famous of the terrible Nazi concentration and extermination camps; a place in Poland where around 1,100,000 human beings were killed.
Today it is a museum of that homicidal horror, so that no one forgets it and it can never be repeated, and it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979, “as evidence of the inhuman, cruel and methodical effort to deny human dignity to groups considered inferior.” Ninety percent of the victims were Jews from up to nine different countries, but also Soviet prisoners of war and Polish politicians, Gypsies, Spanish Republicans, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and homosexuals. All those people the Nazis abhorred.
God’s indifference to the horror of Auschwitz and the zombie apocalypse
“Where was God those days? “Joseph Ratzinger, aka Benedict XVI, wondered aloud on his visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau in May 2016 with his eyes on the gray sky. “Why, Lord, did you shut up? Why did you tolerate all this? It is a good question, but he already answered it the Greek Epicurus of Samos some twenty-three centuries ago: if God knows that evil exists and does not destroy it, it is not good; if he does not know it, he is not omniscient; and if he knows it, he is good and does not kill him, he is not all-powerful; in short, a god with all three qualities cannot exist.
But what the two hundred and sixty-fifth pope of the Catholic Church said connects with the forceful phrase of the wall in the Nazi death camp, reproduced by some survivor of the zombie apocalypse on The Walking Dead. Two strangers, both the Auschwitz-Birkenau prisoner who originally wrote it and the character who put it in the Washington DC underground tunnel in the terrifying AMC series, who would know about the one at the Polish site.
On the shoulders of Epicurus, whether they were aware of it or not, the one was unable to understand how God, in all his goodness, allowed the dreadful Nazi Holocaust; and the other, the same with the planetary hecatomb of the zombies. And, considering his omnipotence, for which he could have stopped both catastrophes with a snap of his heavenly fingers like that of Iron Man and his own Gauntlet in Avengers: Endgame (Joe and Anthony Russo, 2019), both were filled with rage enormous. But, because of the obvious contradictions between the divine qualities, their existence is in question for them. But, If it’s not a hoax, you’d better use a good excuse or apologize heartily.