If your Rick Grimes action figure, replica Lucille, and your "If Daryl Dies, We Riot" t-shirt were not enough to satisfy all you die-hard Walking Dead fans, you are in luck. AMC has teamed up with Lot 18 to produce a line of The Walking Dead wines. Each wine corresponds with an iconic character and their legendary talismans. So, not only will you have a new collector's item to add to your TWD cache of collectibles, you can now enjoy your favorite show with character-select red wines — and red wine would seem appropriate for a zombie show after all, right? So, put away the southern sour mash and get a little sophisticated on Sunday nights (or whenever you are binging your character-favorite episodes). Here are the newest releases in the line along with some TWD drinking games so that you can kill the dead, fear the living, and sip something that's dead appropriate with your friends every week.
Daryl: Who doesn't love the toughest (and sexiest) of all The Walking Dead boys, Daryl Dixon, and his mythic winged vest? Some of the most beloved and engaging moments of the show focus on this veritable redneck warrior portrayed by professional bad ass Norman Reedus. Who could forget episodes like "Cherokee Rose," which first revealed Daryl's softer side and golden heart? And, let us always keep in mind the most crucial zombie apocalypse skill that Mr. Dixon teaches Beth in the episode "Still" — how to get drunk. While Daryl has "never needed a game to get lit before," we do. So, here is a Dixon drinking game as well as character driven episodes to enjoy this apocalyptic wine with.
Rick: If you find yourself stuck in a walker-ridden, post-apocalyptic world, there may be no better sheriff in town to team up with than Rick Grimes. Andrew Lincoln could be the king of the zombie apocalypse mythos. His cowboy boots, his impeccable Georgian drawl, and his death-stare are classic characteristics for Grimes, but his Colt Python is the ultimate object of power for Rick and the perfect symbol for the Rick Grimes wine. Since almost every episode is centered on Rick, here is a helpful guide to a few special ones to have fun with for his drinking game.
Negan: He's the villain we hate to love and love to hate. Jeffrey Dean Morgan might have pulled off the most charismatic, funny, likable, and handsome villain of all time, and his quirky relationship with his weapon of choice, Lucille, is truly singular in the comic as well as the television world. What better symbol for this wine and this character, and what better way to enjoy his capricious antics than with a Negan wine and drinking game? Here are some fun Negan episodes and his game. Warning: Much like Negan himself, this game is not for the faint of heart.
And remember... just survive somehow. Keep on the look out for more The Walking Dead wines to come.
"You can get The Walking Dead wine collection here."
Ciara Cerrato was a projectionist and curator at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, and she currently is a poet and freelance writer in New York.
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