Well last night it became official.
AMC’s hit television show The Walking Dead’s “Prison” storyline arc has veered away from the comic’s original story and will not be introducing two gay characters featured in the graphic novel.
The storyline in the graphic novel belongs to that of Dexter and Andrew a cliché storyline of “gay prison sex with a down low inmate relationship” and while the character of Andrew was shown and credited in Season 3 – Ep 1 and Ep 2 on television Dexter was not, and Andrew was quickly dispatched to become part of the Walker Buffet in last nights episode [spoiler]as Rick locked him in the prison courtyard which was full of walkers.[/spoiler] Personally I was never too thrilled with the Dexter/Andrew “convict and his bitch” storyline. In the end both characters in the graphic novel did have redeeming features. But once again TWD has skirted the issue of LGBT survivors of the zombie apocalypse by just making believe that they don’t exist and this time editing them out of the original material.
Considering the veritable United Nations of characters that have been seen on The Walking Dead over the past three seasons it’s becoming a glaring omission and sad fact there has not been one LGBT character on this show up till now.
Invisibility on television is a major problem for the LGBT Community and both TV and movies need to learn that a characters sexuality is an aside, a trait like being left-handed or having blue eyes and should be presented and treated as such and not something to fear presenting.
LGBT viewers of The Walking Dead and television in general deserve much better. Better characters, better representation, and better advocating for such by concerned individuals and organizations.
Hopefully Robert Kirkman and Frank Darabont will see the light eventually and deliver at least one positive character gay character during the shows run. As it is right now my personal fear they’ll trow in some lesbian moments with Michone and Andrea because bisexuality and lesbianism is more “acceptable”and “girl on girl” isn’t as “icky” to the fanboy population and viewers in general
But I suppose that we can always hope that as long as Daryl keeps fending off Carol’s advances that maybe he will be The Walking Deads first gay kickass redneck.
But I won’t hold my breath.