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As the documentary series Life After People showed so eloquently, without people manning the equipment power plants break down and stop working very quickly. Even the powerful hydro-electric Hoover Dam would stop providing power after just a year or two due to requiring constant maintenance to keep the turbines spinning. I think you seriously underestimate ...


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Most shuriken (ninja stars) are small and lack penetrating power. They are poor weapons against walkers for this primary reason. While their primary advantage of silence and re-usability are assets in the 'walker apocalypse' they have several disadvantages working against them: They require a great deal of skill to use effectively. So much more so than ...


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The military has trained to destroy equipment, buildings, and to kill people. Their first two skills (for example, taking out a radar station) are completely useless. And that third skill, well... they're instructed to shoot "center body mass". That's not going to stop a zombie. Besides, while there are a few psychopaths in the military, most of them are ...


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TL;DR: Because there are zombies on inhabited islands, too, but getting to an island is incredibly dangerous in itself. You're subjecting yourself to additional risks in order to reach a destination where you'll face the same problems people on the mainland are struggling with. Update: Fear the Walking Dead: In the second season of the spinoff series, ...


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Season 1 In the comics, Rick, Lori, Carl and Shane live in Cynthiana, KY, which is a real place - and where the creator, Robert Kirkman is from. In the TV show, the same group is from King County, GA, which does not actually exist. In the first episode, the King County Sheriff's Department is shown to be assisting the Linden County Sheriff's Department, ...


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I suspect that in the Walking Dead universe there are the expected number of zombie children roaming about, we just don't see them in the TV show (I haven't read the comics so I can't comment on those) for a couple of out-of-universe reasons. I imagine working with adult actors is easier than working with child actors. No need for parental consent, less ...


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Getting your grub on, as a zombie, is a competitive sport. And like most competitive sports, the strongest and fastest persist and continue to feed. The zombies in the Walking Dead have not had enough explanation given to their movement, their continued existence or how they retard the destruction of their now barely-living flesh but if we were to consider ...


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TL;DR: No, not on the show or in the comics. Zombies generally don't blink, and this is part of the reason they have odd looking eyes: The Walking Dead basically abides by Max Brooks' rules in World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide: Ghouls don't blink, I don't know why. Maybe because they use their senses equally, their brains don't value sight as ...


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They do. In season 4 (when they're in the prison), spears (or at least long(ish) pointy things) are used to spike walkers through the fence. Remember, a spear doesn't need to be thrown to be an effective weapon.


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The number of zombies currently has little to do with the fact the zombies consume the living whenever they get the chance. Not knowing the source of the original event, we are never privy to how many zombies there were initially or how the infection was spread. Since everyone is infected, unless their brains are destroyed, everyone who dies will eventually ...


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The walkers show a rudimentary form of pack behavior, in that one walker spotting prey will frequently alert other walkers in the area to the prey's presence. There have been a couple of scenes, for example, where there were walkers wandering aimlessly in an area, and a human got close enough for one walker to recognize them, at which point all of the ...


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What do the dates on canned goods mean? The dates on canned goods don't reflect when the food will become unsafe to eat, they are based on quality control concerns. Manufacturers don't want customers to eat a can of food that has been sitting around so long it has become less appetizing, because the customer will be less likely to buy their product in the ...


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Single-serving children don't leave enough corpse to become zombies. In the Walking Dead universe the primary way one becomes a zombie is to be bitten by a zombie and expire from the ensuing infection. The thing is, it was the intent of the zombie that inflicted the bite to eat said individual. One must possess the wherewithal to end one's encounter with ...


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Electricity in modern society is a byproduct of a number of other industries completely interrupted by the "Walker Apocalypse". Without this complex network of services and infrastructure, the electrical grid will grind to a halt rather quickly. Here's why the power grid we take for granted and which appears ubiquitous would quickly grind to a halt ...


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They Do The previous answers have already pointed out that spears are indeed used in the show. The same is true of the comic books. I won't explain what's going on here, because it would be an enormous spoiler, but the image conveys all the necessary information pretty well. The spears are manufactured by the Hilltop colony and used at the Hilltop and in ...


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I was giving this some thought earlier today after watching the end of Season 2. Forensic anthropologists will tell you that the human body decomposes in roughly one week when exposed to air or water. Temperature and humidity affect this timeframe: hot/wet will accelerate decomposition, whereas cold/dry will delay the process. As most people are aware... ...


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At least 100 pounds Shotguns Harrington & Richardson Pardner Pump Compact Weight: 6.5 pounds Harrington & Richardson Pardner Pump Protector Weight: 7.5 pounds Mossberg 500 12 gauge with high-capacity magazine tube (x2) Weight: 7.5 pounds (+0.5 pounds for tube) Remington 870 Wingmaster 12 Gauge Weight: 7.0 pounds Remington 870 Police Magnum ...


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The Walking Dead is shot in Georgia, in different towns according to the season. That cricket noise you are hearing is being generated by cicada. It's almost impossible to scrub from outdoor shots due to the large amount of frequencies the sound covers. As the first three seasons were shot in the summer when the cicada are at their peak. Here's a video that ...


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They do In Letter Hacks #14 and #111 it's stated Zombies eat for impulse and posess no functioning digestive system, with what they've eaten being forced out once its full, unprocessed. It's not required for their sustained animation. Robert Kirkman wrote on Reddit: ...In the beginning of the show we saw walkers do things like using a rock to help bash ...


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It was never shown in the comics, upon which the series was based. The words were written there presumably before the hospital was abandoned, possibly after a large number of patients had been moved into that one area (to better concentrate care) and one or more passed, raising as walkers, and began turning the others. The person who wrote it was warning ...


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In the comics, the two "pet" walkers are identified as Michonne's boyfriend Mike and his best friend Terry. As explained in The Walking Dead Wiki: In the early stages of the apocalypse, Michonne runs on foot to her house. This attracts a street full of zombies to follow her. While she arrives home, she meets her boyfriend, Mike and his brave but idiotic ...


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Word of God: Robert Kirkman - the creator of the Walking Dead franchise, writer of the comics and novels, and Executive Producer on both television shows - has given us as much of an explanation as we're likely to get: The rule is: WHATEVER it is that causes the zombies, is something everyone already has. If you stub your toe, get an infection and die, ...


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It is revealed in Season 2, Episode #13 "Beside the Dying Fire". Jenner tells Rick that


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If I remember correctly, test subject 19 (Jenner's wife) turned only after being brain dead. It seems likely that brain death is the defining criterion for death, not the stopping of the heart. So, following this definition, Rick was never dead to begin with.


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In the video game Survival Instinct where you play as Daryl Dixon you see Merle spray paint it and then lock the door up. It is the same hospital where Rick was in a coma. In the webisode The Oath, you can see that it is actually sprayed by Paul. This is based on October 2013.


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The cause of the outbreak is not known. It has been made fairly clear that the initial source of the virus is not currently something that either the comic or the show are planned to address, as this quote from an interview with show producer Glen Mazzara indicates: Will determining the cause of the outbreak be something that the group, now that they know ...


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This question was answered by The Straight Dope back in 2004. I won't reprint the whole article, but to summarize it, electrical power plants are pretty complex. Without human intervention something will cause a shutdown within hours (probably fuel depletion for fossil-fuel plants) or at most a week or so (automatic fail-safe shutdown for nuclear plants). ...


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I don't have a reference for this, but judging from what we see on the show, a spear would rapidly become ineffective if walkers got within its range or if the wielder was surrounded. Essentially, most of the weapons we see the survivors use in later seasons are ones that have a bit more flexibility in their use: a knife can be used in a forward, downward, ...


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How-to guide As we discuss repeatedly, whether making a suppressor from an oil filter, a fuel filter, a flashlight, or anything else, what you really need are two things; 1) A can or tube-like expansion chamber – preferably with some media/baffles in there to absorb the expanding gasses, and 2) a threaded adapter to connect that can or tube-like expansion ...


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Note: This answer represents the best information I was able to find regarding the following media - The Walking Dead comics, television show, print novels, and Telltale story games, and the Fear the Walking Dead television show. Unless otherwise noted, mentions of television shows refer to The Walking Dead, not Fear the Walking Dead. 1. BITERS Various ...


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