The Walking Dead premiere broke all the records Sunday night, with 16.1 million total viewers, 10.4 million of those in the 18-49 demographic. That makes “Dead” the most-watched show in the demo on any channel, broadcast or cable, this fall, and that includes sports. No NFL game has drawn more viewers in that key age bracket this entire season.
Survival stories like this always stimulate creative conversations (that’s why I use the genre to provoke discussions with teenagers). What would you do if your water supply were shut off tomorrow? What if the grocery store shelves were empty? Where would you try to hole up and survive?
Have some fun with it. Break the monotony of a normal week and try something like this with your family or your group:
TOP 10 ACTIVITIES TO DO DURING
THE WEEK OF THE WALKING DEAD PREMIERE
- Shut the power off one night. Light candles, throw sleeping bags on the floor and everybody sleep in the same room.
- Read a survival story by candlelight (one like this that points to scripture).
- Get a group together, pair up, give each pair a few large cardboard boxes and some duct tape, and have them make their own shelter where they will spend the night.
- Don’t drink any water you don’t boil first.
- Rent a movie about a group of people surviving against the odds. (Cast Away, Red Dawn, Hunger Games, The Edge…)
- Go on a backpacking trip with an Eagle Scout or some other survival expert and live off the land for the weekend.
- Only eat what you cook over a fire
- Go on a walk and take note of wildlife you could hunt and eat (besides the neighbor’s cat).
- Watch an episode of Discovery Channel’s SurvivorMan and try one of the skills he teaches. (Anyone want to eat a cricket?)
- Deliver food and/or blankets to homeless people who are truly living night after night out on the streets.
“JONATHAN’S CREATIVE NEW ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR TEENAGERS PROVIDES A CAPTIVATING FICTIONAL STORY ABOUT THREE TEENAGERS SURVIVING AGAINST THE ODDS, CLEVERLY INTERJECTING 27 SETS OF QUESTIONS THAT DRIVE YOUNG PEOPLE TO THINK DEEPLY ABOUT DECISION-MAKING, THEIR MORALS, AND TRUTH FROM GOD’S WORD. “
– Doug Fields, author of 50+ books including the award winning Purpose Driven Youth Ministry