In the third season’s premiere, T-Dog remains a semi-mute black buck butler who finally gets to talk about halfway into the episode. Michonne, a fan favorite, has been made into a black maid and “black best friend protector” for the white character Andrea. Historically, in the gaze of Hollywood Whiteness, black folks are put in stock roles and tropes. They are the best black friend, black servant or confidante, the “strong” black man or woman, the thug, the silent protector, the mammy, buck, or “the magical negro” whose only purpose is to help the white protagonist. Sadly, The Walking Dead TV show seems unable to break with that formula.
The analysis linked above includes minor spoilers for those who have not read the graphic novel!
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