The Real Reason They Don't Say 'Zombie' On The Walking Dead
Most people who describe The Walking Dead to their friends and family use the word “zombie” when trying to give a short synopsis of the popular post-apocalyptic horror show. The show follows a group of survivors as they attempt to fend off undead creatures looking to feast on humans.
The monsters from the series are, for all intents and purposes, zombies – undead creatures whose corpses were supernaturally reanimated, who roam the world near-soundlessly.
So why don’t the characters on The Walking Dead actually refer to said monsters as “zombies”? They’re called literally everything else – walkers, monsters, roamers, geeks, lurkers, biters, the infected, empties, and Muertos, the Spanish word for “dead” – but not once in the ten seasons of The Walking Dead has the word “zombie” crossed the lips of a single character on the show.
Robert Kirkman, who co-created the Walking Dead comic books and executive produces the television series, had an explanation for the omission while speaking to Conan O’Brien. Based on Kirkman’s comments, leaving the word “zombie” out of The Walking Dead has been an extremely deliberate omission all along – and one that makes a ton of sense.
“The Walking Dead takes place in a universe where zombie fiction doesn’t exist. No one in the world has seen a Romero.”
In other words, there’s no reference to the word “zombie” on The Walking Dead because the word simply doesn’t exist in that universe.
Even though the word is never used on-screen in the popular series, Kirkman did cop to the fact that he himself refers to The Walking Dead as a “zombie show.” He also added that the word is regularly said on set, and actually written in the scripts despite never making it into the dialogue on the series. As far as we’re concerned, that gives us permission to continue calling them “zombies,” even if we never hear the word uttered on a single episode. Keep watching the video to see the real reason they don’t say ‘zombie’ on The Walking Dead.
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