The Walking Dead Cast Got Stranded On That Goddamned Farm Because Of Budget Cuts
The Walking Dead is the smash hit show America can't get enough of, probably because its annoying cast of characters is constantly in danger of being violently killed. Think of how big the ratings would have been for Family Matters if there was always a lingering possibility that Urkel could be disemboweled at any moment.
The second season found the band of zombiepocalypse survivors holing up in a farmhouse, which seemed like a fun idea at first. But then, like the sad college friend who unexpectedly showed up to your Christmas party, they never left.
In both cases, it started to get stinky after a while.
Despite the fact that the farmhouse originally appeared in only five issues of the comic book on which the series is based, the showrunners decided that we needed to see a whole season of people arguing in a living room. Oh, and the farm is run by a crotchety old man and his hot daughters, meaning the show is cribbing both from a comic book series and your great-uncle's dirty jokes.
As it turns out, the reason behind taking less inspiration from George Romero and more from The Waltons stems from a huge budget cut that the network imposed on the second season, before the pilot had even aired. The studio also provided the note that half the show should take place indoors, presumably to both save them money and make the harrowing, blood-drenched end of human civilization more warm and cozy.
Because that's what people look for in zombie stories: exquisite tablecloths.