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You will recall the Andy who was marooned across from the mall and amused his distant friends with sharp-shooting was bitten but still held up the whiteboard with which they they had been communicating.

It seems to me that he had already turned and if so, does this show some sentience/memory in zombies, maybe stronger in the newly dead?

  • He was infected/dying, but not yet dead. – Valorum Mar 13 '16 at 9:27
  • I am not sure on the timing. That would certainly be an explanation but there is reason also to believe that he had turned -- it happens very fast after death. – Jeff Mar 13 '16 at 9:31
  • You may find this of interest; youtube.com/watch?v=5FmS5WjuK6s&list=RD5FmS5WjuK6s#t=94 – Valorum Mar 13 '16 at 10:17
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You're right. The script indicates that he'd turned (after bleeding to death), then subsequently written the message.

KENNETH: What a minute. I see him. He's on the roof. I think he's writing something.

[POV BINOCULARS]
We see Andy, his back to us, working on a dry erase board. He turns and holds it up. The board is smeared with blood. His eyes dead. Andy has turned.

[ON THE ROOF]
MICHAEL: What does the sign say?

KENNETH: Tell her to get out of there, now.

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    What is poignant is the idea that some vestige of sentience allowed him to warn his friends that he had turned; whether he meant to or not, there is nothing that he could have written while alive that was as eloquent as what he "wrote" as a zombie. – Jeff Mar 13 '16 at 10:26

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