The Walking Dead is a popular TV series (by “popular” we mean it’s been, like, a global phenomenon, you know) which has made characters such as Rick and Daryl, with their special bromance, icons in the gay community. It consists of lots of walking, zombie attacks, infighting, and crying over decapitated corpses. If you love stuff that’s grim, this one if for you.
It’s about time the show had another spinoff, seeing as series 7 just ended. Thusly, we’ve come up with an idea to pitch to the bods at TV world which will make us stinking rich! You see, we’ve noticed the characters in the Walking Dead don’t really have great sleeping patterns. It’s a wonder they’ve not all succumbed to sleep deprivation, never mind to the horde of rampaging zombies. Consequently, we’ve come up with the Walking Bed, which is based in the Walking Dead universe and focuses on a bunch of do-gooders who provide an ambling duvet service. There’s potential here!
The Walking Bed
In the show, a small family of hippies which runs a bed shop is stricken with the… whatever happens in the Walking Dead to make 90% of the population zombies. These survivors, through the need to avoid existential dismay by providing a homely service, decide to head off into the world to find other survivors and provide them with comfortable beds.
Season 1 would focus on the family creating the beds to sell to desperate survivors. Due to the lack of traditional comfy bed making stuff, such as bed springs or feathers, they’d have to rely on zombie brain matter, intestines, mud, and granulated bones to construct the beds and duvets – this may sound grotesque, but we can assure you these bed experts would foist a professional looking, and ultra-comfy, bed onto the market, despite the adversity they are facing.
Taking to the road in season 2 to sell their wares, the family would soon hit a stumbling block in the form of the rampaging army of the walking dead, and the generally belligerent survivors who want to do them over. Nevertheless, with stoic charm, they would be able to sell three beds whilst only losing four members of the family to zombie decapitation and human-based conflict.
Bolstered by this success, the family (for the sake of the show, we’ve pretended this is one hell of an extended family, numbering about 100 – we’ll need to bump a few of them off from time to time for, you know, emotional impact) forge on with the business, hoping one day to be millionaires.
Public Contempt & Critical Ridicule
The show would be an instant flop but, thanks to the millions raked in from the Walking Dead, AMC would be able to keep it afloat in the hope it catches on. In the meantime, public contempt and critical ridicule would spur us, the writers, on to outlandish new premises to improve ratings and objective assessments.
In series 3, the Walking Bed family would introduce water beds in an attempt to spice things up, using a mixture of human blood and (more) zombie brain matter to simulate a “watery” feel. Sadly, this would lead to further dismissals as the touring family, attempting to hawk their wares to desperate survivors, would be classed as “unrealistic” and “cretinous”. Despite this, some episodes would have been genuinely excellent, such as the following noted examples:
- Bed Bugs – An outbreak of bed bugs stops the business in its tracks! As the family fights off the bugs, a horde of zombies invades their bed making camp, followed by Rick Grimes and the Group, leading to a 30 hour gun battle, a lot of wasted bullets, plenty of dead zombies, and one punctured water bed. Hey, at least the bed bags ran off in terror!
- Bed Sores – One customer returns a bed, complaining of bed sores due to a hip bone rubbing against his skull. A 10 hour gun battle ensues, with the old adage “the customer is always right” annihilated as he’s gunned down hideously, causing repercussions with the complainer’s Group, which leads to another 20 hour gun battle!
- Bed Grime – Rick Grimes has an episode long cameo where he can’t get comfy on his bed as he’s, ironically, covered in grime. He returns the bed to complain and the 10 minute gun battle with Daryl leaves the family decimated and the business in pieces. This would be the penultimate episode.
- Bed Time – The final episode of this disastrous series, rounding out series 4, would focus on the final two family members as they (with postmodern, intertexual jabs at the series’ creators) lament their stupid business decision before being eaten alive by zombies. Thusly, the Walking Bed would be cancelled and the series written out of history.