These days you can’t switch on a television, read a book or surf the internet without stumbling upon ABC’s ever-popular The Walking Dead. Zombies are everywhere.
Since the comic book was first published by Image Comics back in 2003, The Walking Dead has become a pop culture phenomenon, spawning a range of successful novels, video games and even action figures. But how much do you know about your favourite zombie show? Here are some interesting tidbits about the TV series and the comic books:
1. The Walking Dead vs. Toy Story
There’s been plenty of talk that the TV series, Walking Dead, and Pixar animation, Toy Story, have the same basic plot. Redditor, JimmyLegs50, has provided some proof that the theory holds water and joined some images to show this uncanny resemblance.
2. Dale’s cigarettes
If Dale’s cigarettes looked familiar to you, it’s because the cigarette brand, Morley, is fictional – and also the favoured brand of the Cigarette Smoking Man on The X-Files.
3. It runs in the family
Alanna Masterson, who plays Tara, has two famous half-brothers. Her oldest brother is Danny Masterson. He played Hyde on That 70’s Show and currently portrays Milo on the sitcom Men at Work. Alanna is also related to Christopher Masterson, who played eldest brother Francis on Malcolm in the Middle. He is set to star in the dark comedy Bad Roomies.
4. The Breaking Dead
There are many links between Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. For instance, the drugs Merle sold were possibly from Breaking Bad. In the episode “Bloodletting” from season 2, Daryl explains his brother, Merle, was a drug dealer at one point. Viewers are then shown a bag of drugs with the drug, Blue Sky (blue meth), in it. Did Breaking Bad start the apocalypse? Well, probably not. But the car Glen uses in season 1 to escape Atlanta is an homage to AMC’s other hit show, Breaking Bad.
5. Rick Carries Around a Bullet in His Pocket
Rick has kept the bullet inside his pants pocket that killed his wife, Lori, this entire time.
6. Zombies Look Worse Over Time
During the course of the past five seasons, the walkers have deteriorated, appearing even more pale, gray, and decomposed to show elapsed time. Anybody notice?
7. The Governor is a pirate?
A subtle Easter egg makes The Governor look like a pirate. The actor told The Huffington Post, “There was one shot of the Governor, I think when he came back, and he was in his disheveled state with his beard and his hair when he was lying on the couch and a the cushion behind him has a parrot, which was by his shoulder, so that was always quite funny.”
8. The Comic Book is different to the Show
Daryl isn’t in the comic at all – Norman Reedus originally read for the role of Merle. Producers and casting liked Norman so much, they created Daryl’s character from scratch to use him full time.
Killer Carol – In the comics Carol is more like her character from Season 1. She is a bit of a looker and is much feistier. She dates Tyreese and suggests a threesome with Rick and Lori. Wow!
The Governor – In the comics, the Governor has a Hispanic look, a handlebar moustache and dark hair.
Lori and Shane’s deaths – Both characters stick around for much longer in the comic books.
9. Cameos from famous zombies
Look carefully and you can spot a few undead celebrities amidst The Walking Dead’s shambling masses. But the coolest references are to other zombie films.
10. The Bible is everywhere
Turns out knowing your scripture comes in really handy during the apocalypse. There are Bible verses that serve as warnings everywhere.
The verses are important as they point to the following text – all suspiciously zombie related:
Romans 6:4 — We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father.
Ezekiel 37:7 — So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.
Matthew 27:52 — And the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.
Revelation 9:6 — During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.
Luke 24:5 — In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?
11. Fan Theories
There are many fan theories regarding The Walking Dead. One is that Rick Grimes is still in a coma and he is “dreaming out” the entire story. Creator Robert Kirkman has officially put an end to the theory and said that Rick is not in a coma.