So you think you know “The Walking Dead”? On Friday, April 4, BuzzFeed released 44 “The Walking Dead” facts that they claim most fans do not know. Below are the top five facts. Increase your walker knowledge by reading them over. If you already knew them, consider yourself one of the biggest fans of the walker apocalyptic show. If you didn’t know them all, well now you do! Very light spoilers are ahead if you are not caught up to the show.
Reedus wanted to play Merle
Norman Reedus initially auditioned for the role of Merle. Wouldn’t it have been awful if he had gotten the role? He wouldn’t be the fan favorite he is now! According to the source, the character of Daryl was specifically written for Reedus after he auditioned to play Merle. “Reedus fell in love with the pilot script for ‘The Walking Dead’ when he read it and says he will ‘always be grateful to Frank (Darabont)’ for giving him the opportunity to be a part of what he feels is one of the most unique shows on television,” the source says.
Walkers don't blink
Walkers don’t blink, so don’t have hope that they’ll blink and miss you when you run by! Any blinking is edited out during post-production. People auditioning for a walker role are also advised to act like they are “walking out of a bar at two in the morning.”
Walkers are decomposing
Have you noticed that walkers appear more decomposed now? The source writes, “Over the course of the seasons, the zombies have deteriorated more and more. They’ve become grayer and more decomposed.” This is explained by effects guru Greg Nicotero, “They’re hungry and there’s a lot of them.” This could be good news for the survivors; however, there are still a lot of them left.
Zombie groans are added later
The walker groans and “zombie noises” are added later, during post-production. This was answered by a walker extra on Reddit. The extra posted, “I was a zombie/stand in for the Walking Dead. AMA.” A commenter asked if the noises are done while shooting or if they are added later, he also asked if there has even been any “unprofessional zombies who have been giggling or something like that?” The reply was, “They added the sound later, but many people did groan to make it more realistic. There had been an incident of someone who wouldn’t keep his mouth shut. He is constantly talking regardless of where he is…they let him go.” A YouTube video explains the incident here. Check out all 44 facts at BuzzFeed.