9.05: The Walking Dead - What Comes After


weaver of the unseen
Aug 21, 2007
Nothing about reanimating the dead is scientifically logical. Acceptance of the fantasy does, even if it makes no sense, makes for good entertainment.
Yeah, it doesn't make sense but they do follow logic and physics. Zombies without a leg or both of them, cannot walk, nor a walker without arms can grab you. Big one lumber around. Wet ones get bloated and rotten. They even have a mass, and combined together they can create a critical mass to for example push down a fence.

The feeding thing has never been fully explored. In the Hershel farm, before they got ran over, Maggie used to feed the turned, and keep them quiet with chickens. So, there must be a factor that the feeding plays in the zombie life. We have also seen that over time zombies get thin, they lose muscle mass, and their skin get super thin as the underlying fat tissue disappears.

The one thing we haven't seen is a zombie that is almost a skeleton. As there is now a six year jump, there shouldn't be much of freshly infected around and maybe we'll get to see some of the extreme cases. Thing however is that once you get those extreme cases, they'll also might prove something else, like for example that they don't need feeding, if we see zombies that has exposed skeleton.

After quick search I found this...

"The only thing you'll never see is a Ray Harryhausen[-inspired], perfectly clean skeleton walking around because obviously, there's no muscle," Nicotero told us last year ahead of the show's season six premiere.

Nicotero was referring to visual effects pro Ray Harryhausen, who is known for pioneering stop-motion effects in films like "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" and 1963's "Jason and the Argonauts."


"We still try to keep to the reality of [needing] muscle to move the bone to move the body, but it's just something that we continue to push every season with new sculptures and pushing the elements of what we can," Nicotero explained.

"Every season we take advantage of the advancement of our timeline and the advancement of our story and it's definitely something that we try to push in terms of more skeletal sloughing off skin, missing noses, exposed ribs, exposed organs ... all that stuff," said Nicotero. "Anything we can do to just further and continually suggest that these are walking, emaciated, decomposing corpses that have been wandering around in the sun, wandering around in the rain, wandering around in the elements for almost two years now."
There's one type of zombie you'll never see on 'The Walking Dead'