The Walking Dead Returns October 14th 9/8c and Top Ten Lists
The top-rated drama among younger viewers, The Walking Dead returns to AMC on October 14th 9/8c. This season promises a great deal for many reasons. First, the prison scene that ended last season, foretells that the most beloved part of the Comic Book series will be told this season. Second, more zombies, gore and survival-ism. Third, this promises to be the longest, darkest and fastest paced season yet!
Fourth, there will be great new characters Michonne a sort of samurai katan sword yielding warrior, a new villian “The Governor” as well as the return of a fan favorite irredeemable “Merle.” Michonne is perhaps the most beloved character from the comic book series who thrives because she knows how to survive in the land of the walking dead. What every hero needs is a great villain and the Governor promises to fulfil that role. The Governor, as the name implies, wants to run things including Rick’s prison.
Fifth, there will be new locations including a prison and the Governor’s Woodlawn which is a sanctuary, a walled in city with an inside that mimics a sort of normalcy before the zombie apocalypse but perhaps this seemingly idyllic setting isn’t what it seems.
Sixth, there will be lots of new changes for the old cast. Daryl will move up to the number 2 position, after Rick’s departure. Blood will be shed when the survivors break into the prison. Oh, and don’t forget Lori’s pregnant! Carl is growing up in a very strange world and we’ll get to see how that affects him. The title of the first episode is “Sick” which reminds us what the survivors learned at the end of last season.
If you want to know more about the season, view the Comic Con video or even more hints from the cast (see above video) which reveals much more about what will happen this season or get even more hints from another cast video or the trailer.
AMC has a shown a commitment to the show. Season 3 will be longer and the network has already committed to a Season 4. This is no surprise. Among non-reality shows, The Walking Dead is the highest rated show in cable history.
What makes The Walking Dead great is, it’s more than just blood and gore. It’s a morality play and a survivalist fantasy. The show asks you could you survive? What choices would you make?
In Season 3, we discovered that walls are a good way to keep out zombies but here’s a few others that have yet to be considered in the show. We’ll also learn some new ways to kill zombies.
Top Ten Questions We Hope the Show Answers
1. How do zombies respond to cold weather?
2. Is something growing inside zombies that will eventually emerge?
3. Along the lines of question 2, will Lori’s baby try to eat her? Can children be born in this world?
4. What causes someone to become a zombie (biological weapon, alien invaders, a new species)?
5. Since everyone has the zombie virus how was it transmitted and why are some people resistant?
6. Do zombies ever die if they don’t eat?
7. Do any remnants of the military or civilization remain?
8. Last season, the zombies seemed to be grouping together. Will even more giant armies trample safe havens.
9. Can a counter agent be found that kills zombies in mass? Is there a cure?
10. How come carrion eating bugs and insects don’t devour the walking dead?
In last season’s finale, Michonne used zombie slaves to keep herself out of harms way. Here are some other suggestions.
Five Ways to Keep Zombies Away
1. Lure them with sound, blood or meat to move them away from you.
2. Balloons would be good for long range spotting and you could drop things on them.
3. Use natural barriers. A moat or swamp as occurred on the farm. Use a large sail boat to sail away, go fishing or find a deserted island.
4. Underground facilities with single trap doors entrances could be ideal. The zombies would never find you.
5. A mountain hide-a-away with ladder or rope entrances might work because zombies are too uncoordinated to climb—think cliff dwellers.
Ten New Ways to Kill Zombies
1. Blood, Meat and Sound Traps: Because zombies are attracted to blood and they could be led over holes, cliffs, pits, sharp sticks, or into a large body of water.
2. Fire: Flame throwers would be ideal as you could shower a large group of zombies in one burst or controlled fires.
3. Animals: Wolverines, crows and other carrion eating mammals must be in seventh heaven with so much carrion walking around. How about a stampede?
4. WMDs: No show would be complete without the nuclear option.
5. Crush Zombies: with large tractors, steamrollers or big rocks or lure them into a narrowing passageway where those behind would crush those in front.
6. Zombie Harvester: Large and sharp rotary blades (e.g., from a helicopter) would make a great weapon.
7. Wire Traps: Zombies don’t see too well. Barbed or piano wire either knee high to incapacitate or neck high to decapitate.
8. Wash Away Your Zombies: Controlled floods might work well.
9. Zombie Motels: Dump cement on them or try something else sticky like zombie tar pit? Lure them down small crawl-ways so you can kill them as they come through one at a time.
10. Use Bugs: There are carrion eating bugs that should have done away with the zombies already. Try to figure out what the problem is and get those bugs back to work!
Best State to Live in During a Zombie Apocalypse
1. Minnesota! Lots of lakes with fish and islands. Snow would slow the down and finally, it’s the wolverine state!
2. Alaska Empty and wildlife would battle zombies. Fewer zombies because there are fewer people and high mountains to hide in.
3. Northern Far West Mountain and Desert States with low populations, high mountain fortresses and deserted deserts.
Can you help us add to our lists?
by Todd Miller
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