Friday, November 5, 2010

Walking Dead Zeds

I've been thinking about the zombie types in Walking Dead. How they should be classified.


They have memory, coming back to old habits, hanging around the familiar. They know to use doorknobs to enter places. So these are smarter than average bears... er... zombies. Not smart zombies, but clever enough to occasionally stumble upon something clever that will throw a wrench into the protagonist's plans and assumption and thus advance the plot. "Whadaymean they figured out the 6 digit keypad combo at the secure perimeter?!!!!"


They're not Sprinters, and not Shamblors. They are something in between. They're Stumblers. Like drunk people. They aren't coordinated when they move but can put on a burst of speed when they need to.


If I may quote from Shaun of the Dead: "Just look at the face: it's vacant, with a hint of sadness. Like a drunk who's lost a bet." That characterizes the facial expressions of a standard Walking Dead zombie to a T. Er... Z.


So not really a new form, but a slight evolution of the classic Shamblor.

6 comments:

Paladin said...

I'm diggin' it so far.. hope they keep up the quality.

Bubblehead Les. said...

"They have memory, coming back to old habits, hanging around the familiar. They know to use doorknobs to enter places." Are we talking about Zombies, or the latest crop of Politicians who will be turning into Lobbyists in January?

Anonymous said...

And the dude's wife turned zombie looks like michelle obama. Racist.

-SayUncle

Bob said...

One of the reviews I said mentions that the intent was to have the zombies as your classic shamblor, but to have them become more frenzied when stirred up by potential prey; the metaphor of a shark feeding frenzy was mentioned.

JB Miller said...

Did you notice that the one Zombie was watching him like some of his lights were on?

Maybe their brains got cooked at various level.

Huey148 said...

In episode 2 where the main character and the kid outrun the horde and jump a fence only one of them could climb after them? Funny, did notice how they will unanimate in the lack of certain stimuli and then reanimate or stir when prey is nearby. I wonder if their abilities has any bearing on the length of time they have been dead?


Just wondering when one of the survivors is bitten and turns on the show...you know its coming...