Did you ever wonder why Rick Grimes didn’t look at the bunny slippers girl in the first episode of “The Walking Dead” and say, “Oh weird, looks like a zombie apocalypse happened”? Or why the survivors on the show call the creatures “walkers” instead of “zombies” in the first place?
At a Television Academy event for Season 5, comic book creator Robert Kirkman finally set the record straight.
“We decided very early on that there’s a lot zombie fiction out there, there’s a lot of zombie movies, and that leads to a lot of questions,” he says. “Why are these characters never going ‘Oh yeah, you gotta shoot them in the head, because I saw that on “Night of the Living Dead”‘?”
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The solution they found actually makes a lot of sense, even if it’s not something that most “The Walking Dead” fans have thought about. The series obviously takes place in an alternate dimension where a zombie apocalypse took place, but it turns out it didn’t start as the same world we currently live in either.
“We decided if we just strip that word [‘zombies’] out, and have this show set in a dimension where zombie movies just didn’t exist, it would kind of make things a little more believable,” Kirkman says.
Their lives would have all probably been much simpler if they did have a few George Romero films to set the foundation of their post-apocalypse lives. But then, the show would probably already be over.