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The Walking Dead: 5 Ways Woodbury is Just Like Facebook

5 years ago by Reg Seeton

Andrea (Laurie Holden) walks with The Governor (David Morrissey) on AMC’s The Walking Dead – Photo: AMC

Fans of The Walking Dead were introduced to the mysterious town of Woodbury this season, with actor David Morrissey in the fictional role of The Governor.

When The Walking Dead returned for a third season, the town of Woodbury, Atlanta became a key location in the episode “Walk With Me” and beyond.

Although Rick Grimes and his group of survivors took over an abandoned prison in the premiere, outsiders Michonne and Andrea later learned that other survivors of the zombie apocalypse were living walker-free in Woodbury under the control of The Governor.

As we’ve come to find out this season, Woodbury isn’t quite what it appears to be on the surface. It’s safe, happy, and even has its own unique form of entertainment away from the harsh reality beyond the town’s fortified walls.

After watching the latest episode of The Walking Dead, Woodbury feels all too familiar. It reminds me a lot of Facebook and the daily behavior within the walls of the massive social network.

So, how is Woodbury like Facebook?

Michonne (Danai Gurira) stands behind the walls of Woodbury in The Walking Dead on AMC – Photo: AMC

You’re free to leave, but…

Come on, admit it. We’ve all wanted to leave Facebook at some point, but we haven’t.

Think about all of the friends out there who publicly announced they were leaving Facebook forever. Where are they now? Back on Facebook! We all know at least one friend who stormed away from Facebook in a huff only to mysteriously return as if nothing ever happened.

This week on The Walking Dead, Andrea chose to remain in Woodbury while Michonne decided to leave. The funny thing is, deep down inside Andrea knows she should have left with her friend. Will she admit it? Well, how many friends have the courage to admit their true feelings about Facebook ON Facebook? Like The Walking Dead, it’s all fear based.

If Woodbury really is like Facebook, odds are that Michonne will be back.

Happy together!

You know something’s not quite right when everyone’s way too happy. You know, like WAY too happy every second of the day. Life doesn’t work like that. If it did, we’d all be like the Whos in Whoville, happily singing arm-in-arm that the Grinch has a heart. Wait a second … sound familiar?

At this point I don’t know what’s worse, not being able to leave Woodbury or living in a world filled endless motivational quotes where everyone’s “having a sip of lovely red wine by the fireplace” or “just had an amazing trip to the corner store” or “boy, what a great day!” At this rate, Woodbury’s looking awesome.

Are the residents of Woodbury truly happy people in a manufactured reality, or are they simply the happy people they’ve always wanted to be?

Actor David Morrissey plays The Governor on AMC’s The Walking Dead – Photo: AMC

The Goverzucker

Sure, The Governor doesn’t look like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, but the two definitely share the same mystery when it comes to things beyond our control.

What’s The Goverzucker really doing with all of our information? Nothing of course (wink, wink). It’s all for our own protection.

How about the ever-changing privacy policy? What the walking dead don’t know won’t hurt them, right?

Don’t be surprised if the The Governor eventually incorporates paid safety into Woodbury. And God help the residents of Woodbury if he forces a timeline on their freedom!

The zombie games

This week on The Walking Dead we finally got a look at the zombie games. Farmville, SongPop, Bubble Safari, Bejeweled Blitz… need I say more?

Don’t you just love it when art imitates real life?

Safe haven … Or is it?

We know society in The Walking Dead has gone to hell in a bloody handbasket. People are living there to escape reality, or so they think. Can the same be said about Facebook? Is real life as bad as The Walking Dead? It makes you wonder if Facebook is nothing more than a safe haven from all of the bad things in life (see “happy together” above).

Can the new reality within Woodbury replace life before the zombies? Of course not. Can the online world of Facebook replace real life? Put it this way: no matter how many walls get put up around Woodbury, the outside world still exists.

And since there are only 73 people living in Woodbury, that’s the amount of real friends you’d be left with on Facebook if you deleted the other 5,000.

Is Woodbury just like Facebook?

What do you think?

Reg Seeton

Reg Seeton created The Deadbolt in 2005 after working for the pioneering movie news website, Coming Attractions. Reg has over 15 years experience as a top online entertainment journalist and interviewer, has worked with several award winning actors, musicians and writers, and has managed entertainment networks in New York and Los Angeles. And he's done it all with one eye!
  • Jason

    dumbest article I’ve read so far this year. 🙁

    • Jake18

      Well, the least you could do is explain why. Can you actually come back with an intelligent comment, or just some Neanderthal statement that proves you’re an idiot? Come on, Jason, give us your best. Do you have the guts?

      I bet you spend all if your time on Facebook!!

      • DarylDead

        lives.in.basement

      • Jason

        LOL, If I spend all of my time on Facebook, then the person who wrote this article must live and breathe Facebook 24/7. Its still a dumb article. What will the next one be? How Revolution is just like Libya. Stop trying to make everything a social commentary!!!!

    • This article is on the money. Spot on!!

  • ShaneN

    LOL…. God forbid you say anything bad about Facebook. This article nails it spot on!