Survival Guide for the Walking Dead Hiatus

Season 5 of The Walking Dead is in the books, and we’ve all had a few weeks to catch up on the season finale, and fully accept the fact that we are officially in the middle of the show’s summer hiatus. As y’all know, I recapped The Walking Dead at The Mary Sue this season. So I was ALL ABOUT the Ricktatorship this season. Now that the season is officially over, what exactly are we supposed to do? Since we’ve got quite a few months ahead of us, here are some ideas I’ve compiled to help make the time go a bit more quickly:

 Watch Fear the Walking Dead

This one is a no-brainer. A great way to pass the time this hiatus is to jump into another zombie show, right? FTWD is the official spin-off of The Walking Dead that will be airing this summer. Of course, there isn’t an air date for this show, and it still won’t give us clues as to what is happening with Rick and the survivors. So here are a few other options:

Max Brooks’ Novels

Max  Brooks has written a ton of awesome zombie-related books. From World War Z (seriously, read the book, so much better than the movie), The Zombie Survival Guide, to the Recorded Zombie Attacks graphic novel, and more, there is a lot of zombie love to be found in Brooks’ books. Also? Reading is good for your braaaaaaiiiinnnssss


rule 1 cardio

So you’ve read Brook’s zombie survival guide, but now it’s time to complete your preparations: train for the impending apocalypse with Rule #1: Cardio. Check out the Zombies, Run! app to help motivate you in your running endeavors, or check out an actual zombie race in your area. There are tons of different zombie races, but you can start by seeing if there is an official Zombie Run in your area.

Or you could just stay inside and play video games…

l4d witch

Okay, running is fine, but for the rest of the humans out there who aren’t about the “going outside” and “running outside where bugs live” life, there are video games. You can play an actual Walking Dead video game, check out a Call of Duty zombie game, Day ZLeft 4 Dead, or any of the other zillions of zombie video games or apps out there. Best of all? You never have to put on real pants to engage in simulated zombie fighting.

Netflix Binge A New Show


There is no better time to jump into a new show (or a new-to-you show) like the summer hiatus. For me, I’m watching Breaking Bad for the first time, and I’m completely obsessed. Delving into the world of Heisenberg has been a great way for me to fill that Walking Dead-shaped void in my life. Only problem? Breaking Bad is so completely amazing that I’m already halfway through season four (for those who don’t know, there are only 5 seasons of Breaking Bad). Pace yourselves, friends.

Go to Comic Con!

comic con spiderman

The best way to deal with the hiatus is to commiserate with members of your fandom, and there is no better place to meet other members of your fandom than comic con. Summer is when conventions big and small take place, and it’s a great place to talk to other TWD fans about how much you miss the show. If you live in the Colorado area, you should check out Denver Comic Con! I’ll be there, and I’d love to say hey. Even better, there are some cast members from The Walking Dead that will be at DCC like the Governor himself!

Of course, if all else fails, you can just re-watch The Walking Dead starting with season 1, right? It seems like such a long time ago that Rick was confessing his love to Lori…

to me you are perfect

…wait. I’m getting my Andy Lincolns mixed up…Whatever. Close enough.

How are you passing the hiatus of TWD? Let me know in the comments!

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