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Sole Black Cast Member Of "The Walking Dead" Worries About What His Blackness Could Mean For Him...

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act October 18, 2011 at 5:58AM

Last night, I caught up with episode 1 of season 2 of AMC's hit zombie drama The Walking Dead; one of the very few TV shows I actually watch - and I mean very, very few. I had a lot of fun with season 1; usually I'm disappointed by successive seasons of new shows I initially enjoy, with expectations being quite high after being romanced and falling for them during their debut seasons.
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Last night, I caught up with episode 1 of season 2 of AMC's hit zombie drama The Walking Dead; one of the very few TV shows I actually watch - and I mean very, very few. I had a lot of fun with season 1; usually I'm disappointed by successive seasons of new shows I initially enjoy, with expectations being quite high after being romanced and falling for them during their debut seasons.

One episode into its second season, it's too early for me to say whether that trend will continue with The Walking Dead; but I enjoyed episode 1 of season 2.

Here's a preview of episode 2, scheduled to air next Sunday night. I single out this particular clip for obvious reasons. There's the running joke - although it's based on fact - we call the "brotha rule" in horror movies (or, in this case, TV shows); and that is, to put it simply, they (brothas) tend to get killed off early in the film or series.

T-Dog, played by IronE Singleton, is currently the lone brotha in the Walking Dead starring cast, and even though he suffered what could have been a fatal injury in episode 1, season 2, he has, thus far, not succumbed to the "brotha rule." He was first introduced in episode 2 of season 1, and actually made it all the way through the end of that successful inaugural season. Yes, he really did! Unbelievable, right? A number of white cast members even checked out before T-Dog.

Maybe someone on the series' production team is well-aware of said "brotha rule," and is intent on keeping T-Dog alive and kicking, by any means necessary... or, maybe I'm speaking too soon, and T-Dog will become zombie breakfast in episode 2 :)

Anyway, T-Dog doesn't quite address the "brotha rule" in the episode 2 preview below, but he does express his concerns, as the only black member of the team, and what that could mean for him and the others; I'd say it's rare that shows like this so overtly bring up race matters:

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