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Official Zombie Rules Of ‘The Walking Dead’ TV Show
Tom Cheredar   |  

The official Twitter account for AMC’s The Walking Dead television show is broadcasting the official zombie rules that will govern the behavior of the undead.

Within those rules, they do well to reference classic zombie films like Night of the Living Dead and offer parallels to primal animalistic behaviors, but I’m wondering how long it’ll take them to goof up and have fans call them on it.

Right now there are seven rules but I’m assuming more will be added over the course of the month leading up to the show’s debut. Check out the list so far below…

Zombie Rule #1

Ability to run is based on the amount of time a zombie has been undead, and how much decay has set in.

Zombie Rule #2

Zombies decay but at a much slower rate than humans, and it’s still possible to differentiate between young and old zombies.

Zombie Rule #3

Zombies are like lions: if they’ve eaten, you can walk by them without fear, but a pack of hungry zombies will attack you.

Zombie Rule #4

The quickest speed of any zombie is a shambling run. see Night of the Living Dead. NO sprinters exist.

Zombie Rule #5

Zombies are not dexterous. They cannot pick up or use any items more complex than a rock or a stick.

Zombie Rule #6

Zombies have poor eyesight but they do have a strong sense of smell.

Zombie Rule #7

Zombies cannot speak but can communicate by pack mentality. The herd tends to move together if they sight food.

I do believe AMC left out one extremely crucial rule, which is also the most important: Rule #8 – all the zombies and humans will cease to exist unless everyone watches or TiVo’s the show’s 90-minute premiere Sunday, October 31 at 10pm EST.

[Image Credit: AMC TV’s Official Blog]


  1. You forgot an important rule: The quickest way to kill a zombie is to shoot it in the head or chiop it’s head off.

    Comment by Bruizer — September 28, 2010 @ 4:38 pm

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    Pingback by SF Signal — September 29, 2010 @ 2:25 am

  3. i miss the old days when zombies only wanted brains. man. those were the days.

    Comment by mo — September 29, 2010 @ 9:22 am

  4. They should have just used World War Z. I loved that book

    Comment by Schutzenegger — September 29, 2010 @ 9:25 am

  5. Aw man, they are doing the first ep on Halloween Night? I mean i get the significance, but i’m gonna be out partying like everybody else under the age of 40! They better be replaying it all day after halloween. This show is going to blow my mind!

    Comment by NickZak — September 29, 2010 @ 2:46 pm

  6. The only monster to suspend our disbelief in the modern era is the ZoMbIe. No true scientist- given our current knowledge of the complexity of biological systems- could say for sure zombies are not -at least-plausible. That said, I believe the success and serious ass-kicking drama in the show demonstrates a scary foreshadow to our current world view. Just as King Kong spoke to the depression, and foreshadowed the “beast in modern man”: WWII, the holocaust, nuclear weapons…, the zombie has come to replace our old monsters. To me, this spells out another coming tragedy for humanity- if each of us continues on the current path of personal gain at the expense of the greater good, then The Walking Dead may be a sociological wake up call (like Dracula, Frankenstein and the monsters of old were.) The depression gave us Kong. But Now…..WE ARE THE ZOMBIES!!!!! We rough beasts slouch towards a dark dawn, to devour the world.
    Or maybe I just LOVE the show, and am really High right now…… Brains!!!!!!

    Comment by jason — November 20, 2010 @ 8:25 am

  7. […] Walking Dead twitter account did just that prior to the beginning of the series (handily aggregated here by the Geeks of Doom). Our walking dead are standard-issue pre-21st century Romero zombies – shambly, fumbly […]

    Pingback by mrs critic » Blog Archive » The Walking Dead — December 16, 2010 @ 1:23 pm

  8. Rule 9- Sex with a zombie is still necraphilia and is WRONG!!! Yes I’m looking at you Hershal, you filthy old pervert

    Comment by Campaign against zombie rape — March 18, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

  9. […] We haven’t talked this much about a TV show since trying to guess what would happen next on Lost. We discuss zombie theory, and marvel that all zombie shows seem to follow certain zombie rules: […]

    Pingback by Drink - Play - Love — October 30, 2013 @ 11:27 am

  10. Do dead people just turn or do they have to be bitten? Do they deteriorate till they fall apart or by eating do thy regenerate some?

    Comment by tlak . — September 30, 2015 @ 2:53 pm

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