Things you may not know about The Walking Dead…
Over four seasons of The Walking Dead, many walkers have been taken out. Rick has made a total of 127 kills, 70 of those have been made with his Colt Python. Daryl has killed 98, 60 of which were from his Horton Scout 125 Crossbow. Michonne has a total of 45 kills, Glenn has 31, Maggie has 25, Tyreese has 40 (all with his hammer) and Carl has 41. These numbers are from March 9, 2014 so there have been three additional episodes that have aired with more death scenes.
Most of the cast has their own stunt doubles to stand in during the more dangerous scenes. 15-year-old Chandler Riggs plays Carl Grimes. One of his stunt doubles is a 29-year old woman named Emily Brobst. Before hitting puberty, Riggs’ stunt double was a young woman named Savanna Jade Wehunt. Wehunt is also the stunt double for Sophia and Penny.
In a season four episode, Lizzie tries to feed the walker a mouse. The effects crew created an edible mouse for the actor to eat. It was made out of gelatin and grape jelly. Plus, when the walkers eat human flesh, they are actually nibbling on ham that has been soaked in vinegar.
In all four seasons of The Walking Dead, the word zombie has never been used. Walkers is the most common word used to describe the walking dead on the series. They have also been called Roamers, the Herd, Lurkers, Biters, and Floaters. The actors that portray the walkers must attend a special school to learn how to act and move like the zombies. Walkers outnumber the living 5000 to 1.
There are three levels of zombie makeup: Hero, Midground, and Deep Background. Hero zombies are featured walkers and are completely made over from head to toe. Midground zombies get highlights and shadows on the face, but do not get close enough to the camera to require full makeup. Deep background zombies often wear masks and are only meant to be used as a backdrop.
In the comics, Rick’s hand is cut off very early on in the story by the Governor. The writers decided this would not be a wise decision on the television show. Their reasoning was that since Rick is the main character, he is shown so much, and there would have been too much CGI needed and an unnecessary expense. Additionally, Rick is involved in many fight scenes, many of which would not be feasible without a hand.
There are many more differences between the characters on The Walking Dead television series and the characters found in the comic books. First, Daryl and Sasha are never mentioned in the comics. Also, Glenn (who does not have a last name in the comics) and Maggie adopt Sophia. Rick and Andrea are a couple in the comic stories. Michonne and the Governor have more interaction in the comics and Michonne’s payback to the Governor was way to much for the series…
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