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* At first, I gave the title "Walking Dead no second look. It's a pretty common name for a zombie, or any type of ghoul really. But then I realized the book isn't really about zombies. They're more or less cannon fodder, and in the worst cases, the equivalent of a natural disaster; which is bad, yes, and scary, yes. But [[HumansAreBastards worse and scarier are the human, living characters]]. The book isn't just about a group of survivors dealing with zombies. It's more than that; it's about survivors dealing with other survivors. And more people have been killed by other human characters than those who have died because of walkers. The zombies are endless and faceless, and they will be around for the duration of the series. Some characters, [[AnyoneCanDie as the book has shown]], however will not be around. After understanding all of this, I realized that "The Walking Dead" doesn't refer to the zombies, at least, not exclusively. "The Walking Dead" are the human beings. "The Walking Dead" are the heroes. Which, [[TheHeroDies given what this implies]], makes the whole series [[UpToEleven even more grim]].
** Explicitly spelled out in detail almost point for point by Rick in Issue 24.
* The [[spoiler: fall of the prison]] happened in issue '''48'''. The LiveActionAdaptation did this in Season '''4''', Episode '''8'''.
* Wonder why there are so many dicks in ''The Walking Dead''? Well, it's explained by Abraham. Killing is actually very difficult for us. We're programmed both in our nature and in our society NOT to kill one another, so killing a human is an extremely traumatic experience. Most of you couldn't even hurt another person deliberately. Now in a world where there are no zombie movies or games, how many people would actually be able to kill a walker?
* Why was Lori so antagonistic against Dexter, almost irrationally so at times? He was in prison for the murder of his wife and her lover. [[spoiler: Lori had a relationship with Shane, Rick's partner and best friend, and she was pregnant with Shane's baby and she knew it.]]
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* Issue 48: during the Governor's assault of the prison, Lori and Judith were killed.
** Consider: the fatal shot hit Lori. Her brain was not damaged. If she's lucky, the zombies devoured her corpse. If not, there might be half a reanimated Lori crawling around.
** And then there was Judith. We saw the shot killing her mother, but there was no absolute indication that it killed the baby. If she's lucky, she was also killed by the gunshot. If not--and if Lori didn't get to reanimate--she and her mother would be devoured by the swarm of zombies. And yes, it can get worse: just imagine what would happen if Lori reanimated but Judith didn't. And yes, it can get further worse. If the gunshot killed but didn't destroy Judith's cranium, [[EnfantTerrible we just might have ourselves a zombie baby and its half-corpse zombie mum in the prison]]...
*** Actually, the woman who shot Lori clearly yells at the Governor "You made me kill a fucking baby!" Most likely Judith was crushed under her mother's corpse, since she was barely a month old and babies are very brittle.
*** According to the ''Survivor's Guide'', Judith is confirmed to have been crushed to death when Lori is killed.
* Something that hasn't been addressed yet in the comics. Consider, whatever it is that reanimates the dead is possibly airborne, and everyone has it: thus, even if one dies of other causes he/she will still reanimate. Consider, the chance of miscarriages is that much high in that world, due to (relative) lack of medical care, stress, etc. Now imagine if a baby is stillborn, or dies during childbirth...
** It has been addressed. The virus ''is'' also airborne.
* And one more thing. Again, recall that everyone can/will reanimate upon death, unless the brain is destroyed. Now imagine that a lot of people are scared and barely barricaded themselves against hordes of undead. Then, in the middle of the night, someone has a heart attack and dies. Bam! Suddenly there is a zombie right next to you. All it takes is a sudden sickness, or lack of medicine (e.g. diabetics), or just old age to claim someone, and suddenly your crammed safezone is breached--from within. Quite possibly, this contributes to many 'contained area' or 'safezones' to be overrun.
** And do recall that, in the TV series, there was the gang protecting the retirement home, with old and possibly medically-dependent people. While (as far as I know) this hadn't happened, it was and still is a very real possibility.
*** In the show, apparently the only way to become a zombie is to be bitten by another one.
**** Not anymore.
*** The Vatos were confirmed to have been overrun in the unused Season 2 premiere, and hinted at in the official trailers.
* ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'' contains lots of NightmareFuel already, but The Governor takes the cake in this category. Among the many nasty things he does, he collects the severed heads of those he's killed to feed his "biters" and sticks them in tanks, then sits and watches them complaining "there's nothing on TV these days." Nasty, right? Then you remember that anyone killed, bitten or not, rises as a zombie... and even after decapitation, the head is still animate unless the brain is destroyed...
** And then there's the scene with walkers in the basement at the house at Wiltshire Estates. One wonders how the walkers got down there in the first place. Then, later, it's revealed that it's not the bite that turns people... ''any'' death will turn you into a walker. So it's quite likely that those were the original owners of the house who hid in the basement for safety but died of starvation. *shiver*
* Many people have serious medical conditions, often genetic, that require surgery or extensive medication to fix. It will be more or less impossible to gain access to those things for a very long time, and those people are probably all dead now, that doesn't mean more won't be born. Since everyone who dies without head trauma reanimates, will anyone with a life threatening illness have to be executed, since they would essentially be time bombs? And if they do survive, will they be kept in isolation, prohibited from breeding or doing anything unescorted?
* If we assume that the virus (or whatever) hit the whole world, and not just Georgia and the Carolinas, then industrial society is ''gone''. With the attrition rate caused by the walkers (as well as secondary causes of death, like insufficient medical care, lack of clean water, etc.) and humanity shifting to survival mode, the world no longer has the population density, infrastructure or global communications necessary to support the way of life that most of us take for granted. And it's likely to stay that way for a long, long time.