In just a few short years The Walking Dead has become one of the most popular shows on TV. AMC is known for taking chances on great shows such as Breaking Bad and once again they took a chance with this one and that chance paid off big time. Zombies have always been popular and putting them in a weekly TV series just made them even more popular.
This show The Walking Dead has a huge fanbase and it certainly isn’t going away anytime soon. Let’s take a look at 10 fun facts about The Walking Dead.
#1 – They Don’t Use The Word Zombie
If you’re a fan of the show then you’ve probably noticed that the characters in The Walking Dead don’t use the word ‘zombie’ when referring to the undead. In the show they refer to the ‘zombies’ as ‘walkers’, ‘biters’, and even sometimes ‘roamers’.
#2 – You Have To Go To School To Become A Walker
Forget going to school to become a lawyer, doctor, or scientist. Why would you want to do that when you can go to school to become a ‘walker’? Actors who play ‘walkers’ on the show have to attend a school where they learn how to move slow and other general aspects of being a zombie.
#3 – Edward Jenner Was A Real Person
Edward Jenner who was a scientist that appeared in the last episode of season 1, is named after a real person. The real life Edward Jenner was a scientist who developed the smallpox vaccine in the 1790’s.
#4 – Daryl Dixon Likes His Crossbow
Norman Reedus who plays Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead likes his crossbow so much that he takes it home with him after the show is done filming. The crossbow he uses on the show is a Horton Scout HD 125 and it retails for $300.
#5 – Zombies Don’t Eat With The Living
The actors who play ‘walkers’ on the show don’t eat with the actors that play living people on The Walking Dead. When eating meals on the set the ‘living’ actors have to eat separate from the ‘dead’ actors.
#6 – The SWAT Team Was Called During Filming
People didn’t know the show was being filmed when the crew was shooting the scene in the first episode where Merle Dixon was firing his gun off of a roof top. Concerned citizens called the police and a SWAT team arrived on set in response to the call.
#7 – Halloween Premiere
The very first episode of The Walking Dead premiered on Halloween in 2010.
#8 – The Dead Outnumber The Living
In the world of The Walking Dead the ‘walkers’ outnumber the humans by 5,000 to 1.
#9 – King County Doesn’t Exist
The character Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead is from King County, Georgia, but don’t go looking for King County, because it doesn’t exist. The creators of the show named the fictitious location King County as a tribute to Stephen King.
#10 – The Walkers Get Worse Over Time
The people who do makeup for The Walking Dead intentionally make the ‘walkers’ look more grey and morbid as the seasons progress. They do this to indicate that their flesh has decayed with the passage of time.