The Walking Dead is indisputably one of the most harrowing shows on television today, and the horror begins in the AMC hit’s haunting opening credit sequence. There are no walkers or even words to frighten us, but the second that ominous orchestra plays the first chord we get chills down our spine.
Although nothing is said the haunting title sequence tells a story of a barely inhabitable post-apocalyptic world. In fact, one of the only living things we get a glimpse of is that earthworm slithering away.
But on Syfy’s The Wil Wheaton Project, Wil and Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick decided to give TWD’s opening credit sequence an ‘80s-themed makeover and the results were expected loaded with cheese, tons of smiles, and one nauseatingly catchy jingle. The new title sequence uses shots from the actual show, but you’d be surprised at how easily it can all be taken out of context when you add a peppy new theme song.
The clip starts off with quick shots of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) on horseback and a picturesque look at Woodbury. The little girl walker that haunted us in the pilot turns around as a male voice sings, “Sometimes life ain’t just a walk in the park.”
Among the other highlights? Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson) losing his head (it’s humorous in this version, we swear), Rick and The Governor’s (David Morrissey) matching cheesy smiles, and The Gov. being refered to as the “baddest motherf—er around.” Hey, it’s concise and to the point!
Check out TWD’s complete ‘80s makeover below and tell us what you think!
The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October 2014 on AMC.