These days, it seems that everything is all about zombies. Okay, maybe not everything, but there is no way zombie fiction would be as popular as it is today were it not for the work of Hollywood legend George A. Romero, who passed away on the 17th of July. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead films helped to launch a genre and changed horror and science fiction forever. Before Romero, zombies weren’t really a thing. Frankenstein’s Monster was pretty much the end-all-be-all of “zombies” until the dead truly began to walk and munch on brains. Now, after Romero’s death, Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead has created a moving tribute.
Kirkman clearly understands that his success with The Walking Dead comic and television series would never have happened were it not for Romero. He tweeted the following tribute shortly after hearing of his passing:
Without George A. Romero, there is no Walking Dead. His inspiration cannot be overstated. He started it all, so many others followed.
— Robert Kirkman (@RobertKirkman) July 17, 2017
Kirkman wasn’t the only person involved with The Walking Dead to sound off in support of the passing of a legend. Greg Nicotero, the executive producer, director, and visual effects mastermind on the AMC series made his feelings known on Instagram:
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The sad news keeps rolling in. There are so many things to say about this man, my friend, my mentor and my inspiration. For what he gave us all with passion and fire, his unrelenting spirit will live forever. Blessed that I was honored to present him this award late April in Pittsburgh where IT ALL FUCKING STARTED!!!! Never ending love to him and his family.
The two had worked together in the past, and like Kirkman and so many others, Nicotero owed a lot to Romero and his work. Many other members of the Hollywood elite have gone on social media to make their feelings known and the messages keep rolling in. Romero will truly be missed, but it’s comforting to know that his legend will live on in shows like The Walking Dead and whatever else comes out down the road.