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.