In a poll taken by the official Twitter account for The Walking Dead franchise, people were asked whether they’d live in a zombie apocalypse or a Handmaid’s Tale-like dystopia. A whopping 93% reported back that they’d rather spend their days perpetually on the run from flesh-eating zombies than live in the world depicted in The Handmaid’s Tale.
Would you rather live in a #WalkingDead-like zombie apocalypse or a #handmaidstale dystopia?
— The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingDead) May 1, 2017
Now, it’s unclear whether most of the people who answered that they preferred the zombie apocalypse did so because they thought that it would be fun (hint: it wouldn’t be) or because they thought it would be a genuinely less nightmarish scenario than living under a theocratic totalitarian regime. Enthusiastic responses like this one from a fan suggest the former:
@TheWalkingDead Zombies. No contest. No kidding, you had to ask?!? #handmaidstale#zombieapocylapse
— Heidi (@HeidiDeck) May 8, 2017
But there were some sobering responses as well, ones that reminded people that, yes, indeed a Handmaid’s Tale dystopia really would be worse in some ways than a world overrun by zombies:
@TheWalkingDead Zombies can’t really happen , but the handmaids tale that could happen , very scary
— Emb (@you_r_here) May 1, 2017
@TheWalkingDead #handmaidstale is a true horror story completely devoid of hope & humanity
— Rebecca Trotter (@RTfromIL) May 2, 2017
@TheWalkingDead As a woman, I’d rather fight walkers than be treated as a breeding machine with no other purpose in life, thank you very much…
— Mari Luz LaMar (@MariLuzLaMar) May 1, 2017