So, zombiephiles, here’s how it is:
Some ass-clown journalist with a screener has leaked the premiere episode of AMC’s upcoming “The Walking Dead” TV Series onto the internet, and this is actually a really, really bad thing. Let me explain why that is.
According to every source I can find on the topic, the quality of the leaked screener is absolute crap. The encoding seems to be for some kind of portable device – a PSP or something along those lines – and watching it on your TV screen is going to make it look very, very bad. Why mess with a show that went to such great effort to create realistic, awesome-looking zombies? Do yourself a favor and wait for The Walking Dead pilot to air in HD, not some leaked pilot transcode.
There’s a reason that “The Walking Dead” pilot is supposed to be airing on Halloween. If you can’t figure out what it is, you’re not a zombiephile. Don’t spoil the Halloween awesomeness by watching it before it’s actually supposed to come out – enjoy it the way it was meant to be enjoyed.
Zombiephiles, this is the real reason why you shouldn’t watch the leaked Walking Dead pilot. It’s like this. Do you want to see more than six episodes of The Walking Dead? Because if you do, one thing needs to happen: the show needs to get really good ratings. It’s not a cheap show to produce, which means that AMC needs to feel like it’s getting a return on its investment.
Now, AMC doesn’t have any way of tracking how many people watch the leaked Walking Dead pilot, and even if they did, it doesn’t matter because they’re not making any money when people watch the leaked pilot. So at the end of the year, when they’re calculating how much money they made on the show and deciding whether or not they should renew The Walking Dead for another season, every person who downloaded the leaked pilot and subsequently didn’t watch it during the Halloween premiere is hurting the show’s chances of coming back for a second season.
Don’t be a douche – boycott the leaked Walking Dead pilot and do the right thing. Zombiephiles of the world will thank you when The Walking Dead gets renewed.