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Why are Walker bites in the Walking Dead fatal?

In this answer it is pointed out that everyone appears to be infected with the virus. As we saw in the CDC center, death triggers the virus to reactivate portions of the brain. Yet even a single ...
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Why don't survivors in the Walking Dead use spears?

In the Walking Dead, a wide variety of both ranged and melee weapons are shown to be used. Drawbacks of either are noted and sometimes influence the plot (guns running out of bullets, risking bites ...
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How did the zombie outbreak start in the Walking Dead?

I'm wondering where and why the zombie outbreak began?
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Why can't the military kill the Walking Dead?

In the TV series The Walking Dead, why has the military been so ineffective against the walker invasion? If the walkers can be stopped by something as simple as fences and glass doors (like at the ...
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Why is there no electricity available in the Walking Dead Series?

I've been wondering this for a while. Why is there no electricity in the post apocalyptic world?
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Why hasn't anyone in Walking Dead ever heard of Zombies before?

This isn't unique to Walking Dead, I've noticed it a lot. It is almost like these worlds are always alternate timelines where no one ever thought of Zombies before. Is that the case? Or is there some ...
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Why do the Walking Dead zombies stop decomposing?

Zombies must have a half-life. They exibit signs of decay as soon as they transform into the undead. Their rotting flesh would attract decomposers, like flys and beetles. Those insects should be able ...
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In The Walking Dead....why aren't there more children zombies?

In The Walking Dead, why aren't there more children zombies?
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Do the survivors in The Walking Dead have immunity to the zombie plague or are they just lucky?

From what I recall of 28 Days Later, where the old guy gets infected and turned with a bit of infected blood, they (or at least he) didn't have immunity to the plague, unlike in Left 4 Dead. Is this ...
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In The Walking Dead, where do the survivors get gasoline?

There's a lot of driving in The Walking Dead. The survivors drive from Atlanta, then back to Atlanta, then away from Atlanta in a caravan of vehicles. Where do they get the gasoline to fuel ...
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Do zombies blink?

A comment in chat piqued my interest: do zombies blink? If not, why not? And what adverse effects may they suffer from not blinking?
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Why do the Walking Dead Zombies only show intelligence in the very first episode?

I enjoy The Walking Dead, however one question keeps nagging me. The 'Walkers' are always shown to not have any intelligence or memory of having been human. This is for all seasons except the very ...
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Can animals (including insects) carry or become infected with the "zombie" virus in The Walking Dead?

Can non-human animals (whether mammals, birds, insects, fish... etc) become carriers of, or become infected by, the "zombie" virus in The Walking Dead universe? I have developed this question from an ...
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How much would Rick's bag of guns weigh?

In the first season of The Walking Dead, Rick ransacks his Sheriff's station, fills a bag with guns, carries it to Atlanta, drops it, leaves it behind, then goes back for it. Here's how he describes ...
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Why not escape the walkers on an island?

In The Walking Dead, Ricks group of survivors is constantly looking for a new 'shelter'. However, they only ever look for cities on the mainland. Why don't they just get on boat and go to an island ...
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Are there any death-free episodes of The Walking Dead?

... for the purpose of this question, death of a person (including conversion to a zombie) and destruction of a zombie (typically by severe damage to the brain) count as "death". If additional ...
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How can there be so many zombies in The Walking Dead if they consume live people?

In The Walking Dead, I've noticed that often when a person is attacked by the walking dead, the victim is totally consumed. For example, So if they usually consume an entire person (or leave not much ...
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In The Walking Dead, what happens to zombies that don't eat?

In The Walking Dead, the idea of "walkers" (roaming zombies) and "lurkers" (stationary zombies) exist in the comics. It could theoretically relate to a zombies energy level, so I'm curious - what ...
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Is "Hiding Among Zombies" an idea from Walking Dead or has this existed earlier?

In the TV series The Walking Dead, I've for the first time seen the idea of hiding in hordes of Zombies using some of their traits. In The Walking Dead, there are currently two ways to do this: Wear ...
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Do the Walking Dead poop?

Regarding the TV show (possibly the comics) there are many instances where the walking dead are encountered eating their fill and one (2nd season) where one was opened up and a woodchuck was found in ...
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How many days passed between the initial outbreak and "Chupacabra" in The Walking Dead? [duplicate]

Many have questioned the ability of the Still-Alives to have survived the zombie apocalypse, considering the stupid decisions they make, like the well debacle (2x04 - "Cherokee Rose"). But it's ...
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How do Zombies differentiate between a zombie and a human being?

Zombies are always after human beings. How do Zombies differentiate between a zombie and a human being? Why don't zombies eat each other?
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Walking Dead season 2, what did people in the parked cars die from anyway?

At the start of the second season of The Walking Dead, the group is driving down the interstate with a destination of Ft. Benning. They then have to stop because of a grid lock of parked cars ...
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Who wrote "Don't Open, Dead Inside" on the doors inside the hospital?

Who wrote "Don't Open, Dead Inside" on the doors in the hospital that Rick sees after waking? Do they ever show it?
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Walking Dead pathogen transmission method

In The Walking Dead (I am familiar only with the tv show), when one gets bitten by a zombie, that person becomes a zombie. But do you need to be bitten in order to be dangerously exposed? Are there ...
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How do zombies survive the winter?

OK so imagine a human wearing normal clothes: t-shirt, pants etc., out in the middle of the winter. They wouldn't last long. Now replace that human with a zombie. Zombies have no blood circulation, ...
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Why are the survivors in The Walking Dead (TV show) so keen on killing each other?

One thing that is bugging me with The Walking Dead is that it is implied (and often shown) that the biggest foes are not the zombies, but the other survivors. Throughout the series, we see groups of ...
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In The Walking Dead, what did Dr. Jenner tell Rick?

In the episode "TS-19", Dr. Jenner whispers something into Rick's ear before they leave the CDC which leaves Rick visibly shaken. What exactly does he tell him?
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Where do the events of The Walking Dead take place?

I'm curious about how far Rick and co have travelled, especially given a recent episode which saw them returning to a previous location from the series. Has anyone made a map? UPDATE: I have ...
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Why hasn’t Rick turned into a Walker?

In the first season Shane says that Rick died and had no heart beat. That in itself would qualify him as "dead." So how is it that Rick has not turned into a walker, while I thought it could have ...
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How do "pet" Walkers help ward off other Walkers?

In both the comics and the show, Michonne first appears with two walkers that she essentially keeps as pets. The comics sort of half-explain this - as per the wiki: She notices walkers don't ...
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Why does hardly anyone wear body armour in The Walking Dead?

Since zombies are not shown to be any stronger than normal humans and their only weapons are teeth and bare hands, any form of body armour would surely be a very effective defence against them. Yet in ...
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How did Rick make a silencer out of a flashlight?

As you can see in this meme, in Season Three of The Walking Dead, Rick has a silencer built from a flashlight - it looks to be a maglite. How did he make this silencer? Note: The brass loops ...
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Where is the napalm falling?

In The Walking Dead, Season 2, Episode 5 - Chupacabra, we see a flashback of Shane and Lori on the outskirts of Atlanta, watching as military helicopters drop napalm in the streets. I identified the ...
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Why don't zombies eventually die in the Walking Dead?

We know the zombies have a fairly simple existence, they can only perform basic functions (like walking) and only care for eating flesh. Yet in the Walking Dead series literally years are passing ...
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What kept the Walkers away from Hershel's farm in TWD?

I was wondering, throught the 2nd season he see little to no zombies on Hershel's farm except when they were drawn there by Carl's gunshot. What would keep them away? There are people and livestock ...
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Does Michonne ever reveal who her pet walkers were?

So, Michonne's pet walkers: who were they, and where did they come from? Is it ever revealed? I guess this question would be directed more towards the comic book fans, since the best answer in the ...
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What is wrong with Lizzie (the young blonde girl)?

Spoilers: So what was wrong with her? Did she develop some kind of "zombiphilia"? Is it also related with Carol's training in the past? Related question: She was also shooting zombies sometimes, ...
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Do zombies need oxygen in Walking Dead?

Cells need oxygen to function and clearly the cells in a zombie are at least partly functional. In the Walking Dead, do zombies need oxygen? Can they breathe? If they don't have functional respiratory ...
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The Walking Dead cricket noise?

In The Walking Dead TV show, I noticed that every time there is a cricket noise that gets louder. Walkers are almost always nearby. Can somebody confirm or deny this? Is it related to anything?
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Why does Andrea later look like Amy in The Walking Dead comics?

When Andrea and Amy from Atlanta met up with Rick's crew in The Walking Dead comics, they were obviously two different looking sisters. Amy had freckles and stringy hair tied in a ponytail (left) ...
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Would a sensory impaired person become a sensory impaired zombie in The Walking Dead?

In The Walking Dead universe, would a sensory impaired person become a sensory impaired zombie, or would their dead/damaged nerves become as functional as a "healthy" zombie's nervous system?
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Why did Merle cut off his hand instead of cutting the handcuffs?

Something that has really bothered me in The Walking Dead was the part in the first season when Merle Dixon, after being handcuffed to some ducting on top of the building, uses a hacksaw to cut off ...
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How long was Rick in the hospital?

I have always assumed that Rick was in the hospital for about 3 weeks. Several factors led me to this conclusion: The length of his beard; the fact that the IV bag was empty, but he didn't die of ...
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What sounds attract zombies?

In the first episode of Season 2 of The Walking Dead, the survivors avoid using their guns for fear of attracting large groups of walkers. They take steps to ensure that everyone has hand-to-hand ...
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Do some Walkers employ ambush hunter techniques?

In "Secrets", episode 6 of season 2 of The Walking Dead, Maggie and Glenn had been in the pharmacy for a few minutes. Maggie then walks to the back of the store and starts rummaging through the racks ...
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How long has the apocalypse been going on?

In The Walking Dead, the outbreak starts in an unknown year, but we know that Carl had to have been at least ten and the show has been going on for six years now and then by the time it's season six ...
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In Walking Dead Season 3, how did the guys in riot gear die?

In the second episode of season 3...
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Why doesn't anyone use shuriken for weapons in the Walking Dead?

Shuriken are small throwing knives used by assassins in Feudal era Japan and China. They were used as part of warriors and assassins equipment in combat and were fast, quiet and reusable. They can ...
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In the Walking Dead, how do the survivors get access to clean water?

This is something I've never seen addressed. Presumably, after the world falls apart, the water network probably didn't last much longer due to damage/leakage/contamination/lack of pumps operating. ...
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