We’re comparing two
of the biggest shows on television in this episode of the Boiled
Leather Audio Hour. One of them is an adaptation of a popular staple of
nerd culture—a genre work that had only appeared in print before—which
has translated its bleak themes, wide scope, and controversial use of
violence into a modern-day ratings blockbuster. The other is Game of Thrones.
That’s right—the BLAH Boys are taking on The Walking Dead, and its current spinoff Fear the Walking Dead, by contrasting the shows and their source material to Game of Thrones
and "A Song of Ice and Fire". How does their treatment of violence in an
unforgiving world of real and supernatural menace differ? What do the
relationships between the original works by George R.R. Martin, Robert
Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard and their adaptations by David
Benioff, D.B. Weiss, and AMC’s land of a thousand showrunners reveal
about their respective ideas, ideals, aesthetics, and ethics? Which
shows really deserve our moral outrage, and why? We’ll be examining all
these questions and more. And one of us, at least, will be getting
really freaking worked up. Enjoy!