10 things you might not know about The Walking Dead.
It's not about zombies.
It's about the survivors. THEY are the walking dead, not the brain-munchers. They just haven't died yet. 'Yet' being the operative word. The series is apocalyptic, full of suspense, occasionally heart-breaking and always compelling, and the creators are not afraid to kill off major characters.
Sometimes when I'm watching I wonder why they carry on. I mean, what's the point? The walkers are winning.
Here we go.
Some Walking Dead trivia for you.
1. Andrew Lincoln, who plays Deputy Rick Grimes, is English and is married to the daughter of Ian Anderson, lead singer of Jethro Tull.
2. Jon Bernthal, who plays Shane in the series, was Al Capone in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.
3. The executive producer and director Frank Darabont directed The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption and The Mist, which are Stephen King stories.
4. Melissa McBride, who plays Carol, Laurie Holden, who plays Andrea, and Jeffrey DeMunn, who plays Dale, were in The Mist.
5. Jeffrey DeMunn was also in The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. Frank Darabont must get on well with him.
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Zombies are not everyone's cup of tea.
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Start at the start, with the original graphic novel.
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6. During the filming of the second season, the shoot took place on a night so cold the editors had to painstakingly digitally remove the vapour that came out of the walkers' mouths. Quite right too. They're dead so they can't breathe.
Wait, they're dead so they can't breathe. So how can they walk and moan? Okay, let's not try to apply logic here.
7. The crossbow Daryl Dixon uses to kill walkers is a Horton Scout HD 125 and he takes it home with him after filming. Very sensible. You never know when the zombie apocalypse will strike.
8. The sheriff's deputy, Rick Grimes, is from King County, Georgia, which is a fictitious place. Frank Darabont decided to name it after his mate Stephen King, which is nice.
9. Edwin Jenner, the doctor at the CDC who was doing research into the Zombie outbreak, was named after Edward Jenner, who very helpfully developed the first vaccine. We need someone to develop a zombie vaccine, stat!
To me, the best zombie movies aren't the splatter fests of gore and violence with goofy characters and tongue in cheek antics. Good zombie movies show us how messed up we are, they make us question our station in society . . . and our society's station in the world. They show us gore and violence and all that cool stuff too . . . but there's always an undercurrent of social commentary and thoughtfulness.— Robert Kirkman, author of The Walking Dead
Run! - Faster!
Being able to run would be a distinct advantage in the zombie apocalypse but in the long run (see what I did there?) it probably wouldn't make a huge difference to your chances of survival.
And whatever you do, don't trip and fall and don't injure your ankle because then you are lunch. We've seen it happen and it's ugly.
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I was never into zombies until I saw Dawn of the Dead and then I was hooked. 'Get up, c'mon, get down with the sickness.'
Things. Go. Downhill. Fast.
I think the zombie apocalypse would last longer than a night, but whatever.
I don't think this was meant to be amusing.
Teenage boys can get hysterical when they receive this for their birthday. See video.
Surprise! - You weren't expecting that, were you?
Translation: 'Daryl Daryl Daryl Daryl Merle Daryl
How do you think you'd fare?
Find out what character you are.
AMC, the creators of the tv series, have helpfully provided a personality test you can take to determine which character you might be. It's creepy and has spooky sound effects but it could give you some idea of how you would cope with the apocalypse.
Based on the answers I gave, apparently I'm Rick.
Think carefully. This is serious. - If you were a survivor of the zombie apocalypse . . .
. . .what would be your weapon of choice?
Finally! - Last but not least.
10. It's been estimated that in the world of The Walking Dead, the walkers outnumber the living by 5000 to 1. See? They are winning!