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10 Things You Didn’t Know About… The Walking Dead
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About… The Walking Dead

It’s a TV series like no other, a phenomenon that keeps growing and growing, it’s AMC smash-hit show The Walking Dead.

Launched back in 2010, the show followed a group of survivors who are doing their damnedest to survive in a world overrun by zombies, initially thought it would have a limited run, the show keeps increasing in profile and audience and, as the seventh season is out on DVD on Monday (you can pre-order it on the right-hand side of the page) and we thought it was a good time to go trawling for some juicy facts about the series. We present 10 things you didn’t know about The Walking Dead...

 

It was too violent for HBO…

It seems hard to imagine that the same network who would spend millions producing Game Of Thrones wanted to tone down The Walking Dead when it was first offered, but that’s what ended up happening when they sat down to discuss the show with producer Gale Anne Hurd.

She had the same conversation with AMC, but managed to persuade them that the gore and violence is a key part of the show. She’s not wrong…

 

Norman Reedus actually auditioned for a different role

He’s gone on to become the show’s most beloved character, but originally Norman Reedus wanted an entirely different role. The actor originally auditioned for the role of Merle, but the producers liked him so much like created the role of Daryl especially for him.

 

And Thomas Jane was almost Rick Grimes…

After working with the action star on The Mist, the show’s original showrunner Frank Darabont wanted Jane to take the leading role of Rick Grimes in his new show. Unfortunately, Jane was already committed to filming Hung, his new sitcom, fortunately, they then found Andrew Lincoln...



Human flesh is actually ham…

Ham soaked in vinegar to be exact. Well, those actors have to eat something…

 

It took only series five before anyone uttered the word ‘Zombie’...

Before this they were simply called ‘Walkers’, apparently creator Robert Kirkman wanted to build a world where movies like Night Of The Living Dead didn’t exist and this was all a genuine shock to the characters.

 

All new walkers have to go to ‘Walker School’...

The show is well established and needs a steady stream of new undead to keep the characters on their toes. With this in mind, every new walker gets sent to walker school where they learn how to move and act like a walker. Don’t believe us? Watch the new recruits in action below…

 

 

The walker technique is one you’ll all be familiar with…

Asked how the extras get that ‘Walker’ style in their movement, Greg Nicotero, the show’s effects guru revealed they have a very specific technique, namely pretending you’ve got a bit night on tiles. He explains “... if you see people walking out of a bar at two in the morning, you'll notice there's a disconnect between their brain and their feet and their arms. They think they're walking straight but they're walking crooked.” We’ve all been there…

 

The human and walkers eat separately offscreen too…

To keep consistency producers insist that the cast eat together and the walkers eat together, but separate from each other. We’re not sure if they feed them different things...

 

The poor editors have their work cut out…

If you look very closely at the walkers you’ll notice they never blink, which is no accident, every single time one of the actors playing a walker blinks it is edited out in post-production, they must draw straws for that particular job...

 

The pilot episode was shut down by police…

Things got a bit too real while the cast and crew were filming the show’s pilot episode. Mistaking Michael Rooker’s Merle for a real sniper on a roof, neighbours called the police and a S.W.A.T team was swiftly dispatched. Fortunately, when they got there it was all quickly explained and no one was arrested.

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