ON THE TRAIL OF
THE WALKING DEAD

- PART ONE -
FIVE FACTS YOU MAY NOT KNOW


By Joe
AMC’s The Walking Dead is one of the biggest shows on television. The epic, post-apocalyptic juggernaut is showing no signs of slowing down as it steadily churns out season after season of carnage and drama. The Walking Dead is currently wrapping up its fourth season, and we’ve taken a look back at the bloody trail the series has blazed, and dug up some interesting bits of information on the smash hit show. 










The Walking Dead TV Series 5 Charred Walker Action Figure


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THE LAST SUPPER
Before their character is killed off on the series, all principal actors receive a ceremonial “Last Supper” before they film their death scenes. Cast member IronE “T-Dog” Singleton stated that during tradition, they give the cast members mementos from the show, and he received the riot shield that his character had used throughout the third season.


THE Z WORD
The word “zombie” is never used to describe the undead characters in The Walking Dead. “Walkers” and “Biters” are used the most by cast members, but they also rely on a steady stream of synonyms to describe the shuffling hordes, including “geeks”, “skanks”, and “lame brains.”






Walking Dead TV Merle and Daryl Dixon Action Figure 2-Pack


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KEEPING UP WITH THE DIXONS
The Dixon brothers, Merle (Michael Rooker) and Daryl (Norman Reedus), were created solely as characters for The Walking Dead television series. The fan favorites, along with T-Dog, Jacqui (Jeryl Prescott Sales), and Morales (Juan Gabriel Pareja), only appear on the show and do not appear in eponymous comic series.









Walking Dead Mystery Minis Series 2 Mini-Figure Display Box


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THE DARABONT BUNCH
Series developer and Executive-Producer, Frank Darabont, tapped into his past projects in order to cast some major roles in The Walking Dead. Darabont had previously directed Laurie Holden (Andrea), Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale), Juan Gabriel Pareja (Morales), and Melissa McBride (Carol) in his adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist. DeMunn in particular has a long history of collaborations with Darabont, having also acted in his adaptations of The Green Mile, and The Shawshank Redemption.









AN HOMAGE TO A VIRUS KILLER
In season 1 of The Walking Dead, the group reaches the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, only to find one remaining scientist at the facility named Edwin Jenner (Noah Emmerich). This character is named after the famed English scientist, Edward Jenner, who developed the invaluable Smallpox Vaccine in the 1790’s.



  





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