Walking Dead New Smart Zombies Exploits Season 1 Mistakes


When AMC’s The Walking Dead premiered, the skill level of walkers varied from person to person, but even by the second episode, fans noticed that some of them seemed really smart, really smart. These particular super-zombies will return in the series’ final eight episodes in October.

Back at the show’s Comic-Con panel, there was footage at the end with Aaron from Ross Marquand talking about walkers who weren’t exactly dumb and still had certain motor functions and a level of intelligence that made them made them more threatening.

“I’ve heard stories of walkers being able to scale walls and open doors. I never knew if they were just stories,” Marquand said during the panel footage. Suddenly we have walkers using doors, climbing and hunting with ravenous intent instead of something just built into them.

“There’s a reason he says those particular words,” showrunner Angela Kang said. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly for their Walking Dead Fall TV Preview coverage. “And that will cause huge problems for our people.”

As the creative team went back and re-watched the Season 1 episodes, they noticed that some of the actors playing the walkers were definitely livelier than the usual zombie fare. “In season 1, episode 2, when they’re in the department store with T-Dog and Andrea, there are walkers against the wall, and one of them is breaking the window with a rock” , said executive producer and director Greg Nicotero. “It was straight out of Night of The Living Dead. It was straight out of Barbara in the car with the very first zombie, Bill Hinzman, using a stone.”

Nicotero noted that there were more instances where some zombies were faster and stronger than others, but he explained that they were trying to figure out the rules their zombies had to follow. “There’s another scene where Glenn and Rick are chased down the driveway and they start climbing up an emergency exit,” Nicotero recalled. “And there are walkers climbing behind them. We were still figuring that out. But we decided it was an opportunity.”

AMC’s The Walking Dead returns for its final season on October 2.

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