I'm rewatching the first two episodes of Fear the Walking Dead, and I just realized that you don't really see anyone being bitten in either episode, except perhaps in a shaky video taken from a helicopter, but even then, the bite is merely suggested, and it is possible that no bite actually took place.

That made me wonder when we saw the first instance of a zombie biting a human in the original The Walking Dead series.

When was the first bite on The Walking Dead?

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  • Pretty sure the helicopter video shows a bite or two. And while I suppose not actually shown, Gloria is totally biting that dude. And we see a bite injury on Matt, though not the actual bite. Commented Sep 25, 2015 at 20:20
  • @DaveJohnson - I don't think we actually see Gloria biting him, and the helicopter video was the "implied" bite I mentioned. Matt doesn't count, because we only see the aftermath.
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    Commented Sep 25, 2015 at 20:28
  • @DaveJohnson - I see why you were confused - question edited.
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    Commented Sep 25, 2015 at 20:29

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The answer appears to be Carol's husband Ed, who was the first one bitten during the walker attack in Season One episode "Vatos."

From the wiki:

Ed, meanwhile, hears rustling outside his tent. He thinks it's Carol bugging him to join the group, and unzips the flap to yell at her, but instead he finds a walker. It topples him, biting his neck as more walkers swarm in.

  • Yeah, that's way before the ones I mentioned Commented Sep 7, 2015 at 15:20

According to the Summary on Wiki Dale was bitten

By that walker that killed him, but as I remember it, it was more of a disembowelling where the walker used it's fingers to pull apart his chest like it was clay (suggesting Walkers have crazy finger strength.

As I don't remember it that way, I'd go with Hershels leg being the first example of a walker sinking its teeth into a human on screen.

Or even earlier would be Otis and Shane, but I don't think they actually show Walkers chomping on Otis.

  • I doubt Dale was the first. He wasn't bitten until the second season. Commented Sep 7, 2015 at 15:13
  • That's what I thought when going through the season summaries. Season one was really short though. If anyone was bitten on screen during those episodes they must have been a forgettable character Commented Sep 7, 2015 at 15:19
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    I can think of several characters who were bitten in the first season: Amy (on screen), Jim (off screen), Ed (on), and several people in non-speaking roles in the camp. I'm having more trouble trying to remember bitings in season two prior to Dale, but I know at least one of the thugs at the bar was bitten, but Otis was devoured in the second or third episode.
    – Wad Cheber
    Commented Sep 7, 2015 at 16:09

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