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[[WMG: Ed isn't real]]real.]]


He's just a manifestation of Shaun's more immature alter ego, as, throughout the film, he barely does a thing within the company of any of the other characters besides Shaun. And even then, he mostly just spends his time coming up with increasingly more immature and self-gratifying decisions that wind up putting everyone in more danger, ranging from finding a noisy building to hide in, to "looking after" Barbara and Philip while taking Philip's Jaguar for a spin. At the end however, by the time Ed is "gored and infected" it signifies that Shaun has been through enough that he's grown out of the ego that held him back for so long, and by the end, he is a much more responsible man with a more stable relationship with Liz, even keeping his game console and "Ed" in the shed for old times sake.

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He's just [[SplitPersonality a manifestation of Shaun's more immature alter ego, ego,]] as, throughout the film, he barely does a thing within the company of any of the other characters besides Shaun. And even then, he mostly just spends his time coming up with increasingly more immature and self-gratifying decisions that wind up putting everyone in more danger, ranging from finding a noisy building to hide in, to "looking after" Barbara and Philip while taking Philip's Jaguar for a spin. At the end however, by the time Ed is "gored and infected" it signifies that Shaun has been through enough that he's grown out of the ego that held him back for so long, and by the end, he is a much more responsible man with a more stable relationship with Liz, even keeping his game console and "Ed" in the shed for old times sake.


He's just a manifestation of Shaun's more immature alter ego, as, throughout the film, he barely does a thing within the company of any of the other characters besides Shaun. And even then, he mostly just spends his time coming up with increasingly more immature and self-gratifying decisions that wind up putting everyone in more danger, ranging from finding a noisy building to hide in, to "looking after" Barbra and Philip while taking Philip's Jaguar for a spin. At the end however, by the time Ed is "gored and infected" it signifies that Shaun has been through enough that he's grown out of the ego that held him back for so long, and by the end, he is a much more responsible man with a more stable relationship with Liz, even keeping his game console and "Ed" in the shed for old times sake.

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He's just a manifestation of Shaun's more immature alter ego, as, throughout the film, he barely does a thing within the company of any of the other characters besides Shaun. And even then, he mostly just spends his time coming up with increasingly more immature and self-gratifying decisions that wind up putting everyone in more danger, ranging from finding a noisy building to hide in, to "looking after" Barbra Barbara and Philip while taking Philip's Jaguar for a spin. At the end however, by the time Ed is "gored and infected" it signifies that Shaun has been through enough that he's grown out of the ego that held him back for so long, and by the end, he is a much more responsible man with a more stable relationship with Liz, even keeping his game console and "Ed" in the shed for old times sake.


[[WMG:The Zombification process accelerates as the disease develops.]]

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[[WMG:The [[WMG: The Zombification process accelerates as the disease develops.]]



* No, it can be explained by Max Brook's Hypothesis; there are different rates of "burn" which is regulated by where you are bitten. We never see where Phillip is originally bitten, but after he is bitten in the shoulder he only lasts (+ -) as long as Ed whereas Shaun's Mother is bitten in the wrist so she can last a while, but not to long.

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* No, it can be explained by Max Brook's Hypothesis; there are different rates of "burn" which is regulated by where you are bitten. We never see where Phillip is originally bitten, but after he is bitten in the shoulder he only lasts (+ -) as long as Ed whereas Shaun's Mother is bitten in the wrist so she can last a while, but not to too long.



* In addition to the above, while Barbara and Phillip got relatively mild bites (at least the first time around in Phillip's case), Ed got part of his neck bitten out, and Phillip's condition worsened significantly after his second, more savage biting; both Phillip and Ed changed quicker because they were bleeding to death, so they died sooner and reanimated quicker.
* This could be a simple case of RealityIsUnrealistic. While in some tv shows or movies the doctors will say that X disease has an incubation time of Y time period, and then stick to that through the rest of the story (unless RuleOfDrama requires a shorter or longer time) most real diseases do not adhere to such simple time tables. Three people can be infected with the same cold virus and have not only wildly different times of the virus taking hold (and showing symptoms of said cold), but also recover in much different times. Biology doesn't seem to like time tables.

[[WMG:Shaun's original plan would have worked]]

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* In addition to the above, while Barbara and Phillip got relatively mild bites (at least the first time around in Phillip's case), Ed got part of his neck bitten out, and Phillip's condition worsened significantly after his second, more savage biting; both Phillip and Ed changed quicker more quickly because they were bleeding to death, so they died sooner and reanimated quicker.
* This could be a simple case of RealityIsUnrealistic. While in some tv shows or movies the doctors will say that X disease has an incubation time of Y time period, and then stick to that through the rest of the story (unless RuleOfDrama requires a shorter or longer time) most real diseases do not adhere to such simple time tables. Three people can be infected with the same cold virus and have not only wildly different times of the virus taking hold (and showing symptoms of said cold), cold) but also recover in much many different times. Biology doesn't seem to like time tables.

[[WMG:Shaun's [[WMG: Shaun's original plan would have worked]]



The United Kingdom survived the zombie apocalypse but America and the other countries fell. At the end, the UK is the last country standing.

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The United Kingdom survived the zombie apocalypse but America and the other countries fell. At In the end, the UK is the last country standing.



* Jossed, because at the end there are scenes from a japanese Zombie-Tv-GameShow. The UK is not the last country standing, the USA is the only country which falled. Everywhere else the people stayed at home and led the goverment successfull handle the crisis, but in the USA every idiot grabed his gun and went out looting, which was the real reason for the collapse of society.
** More likely the USA had absolutely no problem with the zombies. Thanks second amendment!

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* Jossed, because at the end there are scenes from a japanese Japanese Zombie-Tv-GameShow. The UK is not the last country standing, the USA is the only country which falled. failed. Everywhere else the people stayed at home and led the goverment successfull government successful handle the crisis, but in the USA every idiot grabed grabbed his gun and went out looting, which was the real reason for the collapse of society.
** More likely the USA had absolutely no problem with the zombies. Thanks Thanks, second amendment!



This is just a possibility, but considering he had his mouth wide open while inflicting a can of cricket-bat whoopass on Mary (and in the immidiate following scene is shown with splatters of [[RunningGag red]] on his torso and the lower part of his face), it's not too far of a stretch to imagine a drop or two of infected blood could have flown in his mouth. Go and watch the movie again with this concept in mind.

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This is just a possibility, but considering he had his mouth wide open while inflicting a can of cricket-bat whoopass whoop-ass on Mary (and in the immidiate following immediate-following scene is shown with splatters of [[RunningGag red]] on his torso and the lower part of his face), it's not too far of a stretch to imagine a drop or two of infected blood could have flown in his mouth. Go and watch the movie again with this concept in mind.



Phillip was bitten long before Shaun and Ed got to his house. He shows no noticeable difference from his normal(Admittedly, already zombie like) disposition, and his hand isn't bleeding the way the other zombie bites are. He doesn't even seem phased until he gets bitten a second time. Clearly, this whole outbreak could have been averted if more infected ran their injuries under a cold tap.
* That's actually perfectly reasonable. It's warm weather in the northern hemisphere when ''Shaun of the Dead'' takes place, and as far as I can recall, nobody else immediately iced their wounds. It's certainly reasonable that whatever causes zombification (a protozoan? A slime mold that breeds primarily in liquids that contain similar enzymes to those in saliva? A curse designed by the original inhabitants of Britain to combat the Romans, who would be [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII too weak to survive the winter if they attempted to follow the northerly rearward advancement of their target populace]] but needed to be weakened and confused?) dies when it reaches temperatures of less than, say, twenty degrees Celsius. Phillip running near-freezing water over the bite before the cause got too far from the surface killed some and weakened any possible survivors enough that his immune system could destroy them.

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Phillip was bitten long before Shaun and Ed got to his house. He shows no noticeable difference from his normal(Admittedly, already zombie like) zombie-like) disposition, and his hand isn't bleeding the way the other zombie bites are. He doesn't even seem phased until he gets bitten a second time. Clearly, this whole outbreak could have been averted if more infected ran their injuries under a cold tap.
* That's actually perfectly reasonable. It's warm weather in the northern hemisphere when ''Shaun of the Dead'' takes place, and as far as I can recall, nobody else immediately iced their wounds. It's certainly reasonable that whatever causes zombification (a protozoan? A slime mold mould that breeds primarily in liquids that contain similar enzymes to those in saliva? A curse designed by the original inhabitants of Britain to combat the Romans, who would be [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII too weak to survive the winter if they attempted to follow the northerly rearward advancement of their target populace]] but needed to be weakened and confused?) dies when it reaches temperatures of less than, say, twenty degrees Celsius. Phillip running near-freezing water over the bite before the cause got too far from the surface killed some and weakened any possible survivors enough that his immune system could destroy them.



** Left 4 Dead's zombies are {{Technically Living Zombie}}s, so they have better cognitive ability and don't rot or decay. It's heavily implied that Shaun of the Dead's zombies are actually proper, real dead men walking, so they're brain dead and don't have particularly good muscle strength. Ta-da.
** Green Flu in America was a mutated version of the plague in the UK. While the British plague focused on killing the person's cognitive functions while boosting resistance with a little to no incubation time, Green Flu focused on incubation and swapping out some of the energy dealt by the brain and using it for stamina and further mutation. Thus, Britain has a disease that kills lots in it's first incarnation but is easily dealt with otherwise, and America has an insidious disease that can take weeks to make you into an undead if you are unlucky and has mutated infected that can think. ''Shaun of the Dead'' would be very different if both diseases were the exact same.
** As for coffee and tea, despite what second-rate sitcoms might imply, Britians do not live on tea alone and coffee is just as popular in Britian as it is in the states (generally speaking it's drunk less often throughout the day, but made much stronger).

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** Left 4 Dead's zombies are {{Technically Living Zombie}}s, so they have the better cognitive ability and don't rot or decay. It's heavily implied that Shaun of the Dead's zombies are actually proper, real dead men walking, so they're brain dead and don't have particularly good muscle strength. Ta-da.
** Green Flu in America was a mutated version of the plague in the UK. While the British plague focused on killing the person's cognitive functions while boosting resistance with a little to no incubation time, Green Flu focused on incubation and swapping out some of the energy dealt by the brain and using it for stamina and further mutation. Thus, Britain has a disease that kills lots in it's its first incarnation but is easily dealt with otherwise, and America has an insidious disease that can take weeks to make you into an undead if you are unlucky and has mutated infected that can think. ''Shaun of the Dead'' would be very different if both diseases were the exact same.
** As for coffee and tea, despite what second-rate sitcoms might imply, Britians do not live on tea alone and coffee is just as popular in Britian Britain as it is in the states (generally speaking it's drunk less often throughout the day, but made much stronger).



[[WMG: Ed isn't real]]
He's just a manifestation of Shaun's more immature alter ego, as, throughout the film, he barely does a thing within the company of any of the other characters besides Shaun. And even then, he mostly just spends his time coming up with increasingly more immature and self-gratifying decisions that wind up putting everyone in more danger, ranging from finding a noisy building to hide in, to "looking after" Barbra and Philip while taking Philip's Jaguar for a spin. At the end however, by the time Ed is "gored and infected" it signifies that Shaun has been through enough that he's grown out of the ego that held him back for so long, and by the end, he is a much more responsible man with a more stable relationship with Liz, even keeping his game console and "Ed" in the shed for old times sake.



[[WMG: Shaun of the dead takes place in the same universe as zombie land]]

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[[WMG: Shaun of the dead Dead takes place in the same universe as zombie land]]



They manage to save the day and restore everything, using the zombies as manual labor. 'Keep Calm and Carry On' indeed.

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They manage to save the day and restore everything, using the zombies as manual labor.labour. 'Keep Calm and Carry On' indeed.

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[[WMG: The zombies' intelligence will increase further.]]



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*** True, the USA survives thanks to their guns. That being said, I do feel sorry for our friends in the North in the SOTD Universe.



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** More likely the USA had absolutely no problem with the zombies. Thanks second amendment!



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** There is a literal example of a jogger doing that in the movie. In Shaun's "normal day" sequence, the jogger is jogging as normal; in the "first morning of the apocalypse" sequence, the same jogger passes Shaun as he runs away from the zombies. He is the only living person in that sequence, excluding Shaun.


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[[WMG: The tabloids are not reporting on the ZombieApocalypse]]
"NEW SUPER-FLU SCARES PUBLIC", "HAVOC", "MUTILATED REMAINS", "GM CROPS TO BLAME", "GM CROPS BLAMED" are not related to the incoming zombie apocalypse at all. They are just the tabloids being tabloids.


* That's actually perfectly reasonable. It's warm weather in the northern hemisphere when ''Shaun of the Dead'' takes place, and as far as I can recall, nobody else immediately iced their wounds. It's certainly reasonable that whatever causes zombification (a protozoan? A slime mold that breeds primarily in liquids that contain similar enzymes to those in saliva? A curse designed by the original inhabitants of Britain to combat the Romans, who would be [[WorldWarII too weak to survive the winter if they attempted to follow the northerly rearward advancement of their target populace]] but needed to be weakened and confused?) dies when it reaches temperatures of less than, say, twenty degrees Celsius. Phillip running near-freezing water over the bite before the cause got too far from the surface killed some and weakened any possible survivors enough that his immune system could destroy them.

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* That's actually perfectly reasonable. It's warm weather in the northern hemisphere when ''Shaun of the Dead'' takes place, and as far as I can recall, nobody else immediately iced their wounds. It's certainly reasonable that whatever causes zombification (a protozoan? A slime mold that breeds primarily in liquids that contain similar enzymes to those in saliva? A curse designed by the original inhabitants of Britain to combat the Romans, who would be [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII too weak to survive the winter if they attempted to follow the northerly rearward advancement of their target populace]] but needed to be weakened and confused?) dies when it reaches temperatures of less than, say, twenty degrees Celsius. Phillip running near-freezing water over the bite before the cause got too far from the surface killed some and weakened any possible survivors enough that his immune system could destroy them.


** As for coffee and tea, despite what second-rate sitcoms might imply, Britians do not live on tea alone and coffee is just as popular in Britian as it is in the states (generally speaking it's drunk less often throughout the day, but made much stronger). Oh and sometimes the British reanimated dead do move at quite a nip, as evidenced by 28DaysLater!

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** As for coffee and tea, despite what second-rate sitcoms might imply, Britians do not live on tea alone and coffee is just as popular in Britian as it is in the states (generally speaking it's drunk less often throughout the day, but made much stronger). Oh and sometimes the British reanimated dead do move at quite a nip, as evidenced by 28DaysLater!
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** As for coffee and tea, despite what second-rate sitcoms might imply, Britians do not live on tea alone and coffee is just as popular in Britian as it is in the states (generally speaking it's drunk less often throughout the day, but made much stronger). Oh and sometimes the British reanimated dead do move at quite a nip, as evidenced by 28DaysLater!


* Well if American Infected moved as slowly as British Infected, then we wouldn't have had such a problem. By the way, how did you guys do that? What prerequisite was necessary to make your zombies re-animate into crippled retards? Do you think it was the coffee/tea difference? Both have caffeine, but I think coffee has a bit more.

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* Well if American Infected moved as slowly as British Infected, then we wouldn't have had such a problem. By the way, how did you guys do that? What prerequisite was necessary to make your zombies re-animate into crippled retards? Do you think it was the coffee/tea difference? Both have caffeine, but I think coffee has a bit more.


* I pity the UK, then. With the sheer amount of economic cross-dependence necessary to keep the modern first world working, the complete collapse of every other nation would hit the place pretty hard. Expect third world country conditions, at best.

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[[WMG: [[Series/{{Spaced}} Tyres]] wasn't a zombie.]]
[[AttentionDeficitOohShiny We all know that he tends to regard]] [[MundaneMadeAwesome random noises as music]]. [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} He just thought he was at a rave outside the Winchester]]. The zombies ignore the heroes as they imitate the zombies, so why not Tyres as well? Additionally, Tyres is the only one who notices Shaun and co. as we see him glance over at them, whereas the zombies just stare around blankly.


* That's actually perfectly reasonable. It's warm weather in the northern hemisphere when ''Shaun of the Dead'' takes place, and as far as I can recall, nobody else immediately iced their wounds. It's certainly reasonable that whatever causes zombification (a protozoan? A slime mold that breeds primarily in liquids that contain similar enzymes to those in saliva? A curse designed by the original inhabitants of Britain to combat the Romans, who would be [[WorldWarII too weak to survive the winter if they attempted to follow the northerly rearward advancement of their target populace]] but needed to be weakened and confused?) dies when it reaches temperatures of less than, say, sixty-eight degrees. Phillip running near-freezing water over the bite before the cause got too far from the surface killed some and weakened any possible survivors enough that his immune system could destroy them.

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* That's actually perfectly reasonable. It's warm weather in the northern hemisphere when ''Shaun of the Dead'' takes place, and as far as I can recall, nobody else immediately iced their wounds. It's certainly reasonable that whatever causes zombification (a protozoan? A slime mold that breeds primarily in liquids that contain similar enzymes to those in saliva? A curse designed by the original inhabitants of Britain to combat the Romans, who would be [[WorldWarII too weak to survive the winter if they attempted to follow the northerly rearward advancement of their target populace]] but needed to be weakened and confused?) dies when it reaches temperatures of less than, say, sixty-eight degrees.twenty degrees Celsius. Phillip running near-freezing water over the bite before the cause got too far from the surface killed some and weakened any possible survivors enough that his immune system could destroy them.

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