When AMC’s The Walking Dead first aired, the skill level of the walkers varied from person to person, but even by the second episode, fans noticed that some of them looked smarter, really smarter. These brilliant zombies will return for the final eight episodes of the series in October.
Back at the show’s Comic-Con panel, there was footage at the end with Aaron from Ross Marquand talking about walkers that weren’t exactly dumb and still had some motor function and a level of intelligence that made them more of a threat.
“I’ve heard stories of walkers being able to scale walls and open doors. I never knew if they were just stories,” Marquand said during a series of panels. Suddenly we have walkers using doors, climbing and hunting with malicious intent instead of something built into them. .
“There’s a reason he says those words,” show host Angela Kang said. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly for their Walking Dead Fall TV Preview announcement. “And that’s going to cause a lot of trouble for our people.”
When the creative team went back and rewatched episodes of Season 1, they realized that some of the actors playing the walkers were actually more alive than the usual zombie fare. “In Season 1 Episode 2, when they are at the mall with T-Dog and Andrea, there are walkers on the wall, and one of them breaks the window with a rock”, said executive producer and director Greg Nicotero. “It’s straight out of Night of the Living Dead. It was straight from Barbara in the car with the first zombie, Bill Hinzman, using a rock.
Nicotero noted that there were more instances where some zombies were faster and stronger than others, but explained that they were trying to figure out the rules their zombies should follow. “There’s another scene where Glenn and Rick are being chased down the street and they start climbing the emergency exit,” Nicotero recalled. “And there are walkers climbing behind them. We were still thinking about it. But we decided it was an opportunity.”
AMC’s The Walking Dead returns for its final season on October 2.
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