The Simple Reason Zombies Don\'t Exist In \'The Walking Dead\'
Walkers Get Close to Alexandria in The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 5
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The Simple Reason Zombies Don’t Exist In ‘The Walking Dead’

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Walkers, Rotters, Biters, Geeks — the zombies on AMC's The Walking Dead are called just about anything but "zombies." 

Robert Kirkman opens up on just why that is in a recent interview on Conan.

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Robert looks at all aspects of the language choice.

He realizes fans know what zombies are... but that's part of the problem.

Walkers Head Towards Alexandria in The Walking Dead Season 6 Premiere
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Because zombies have been a pop culture mainstay for decades, we're all well-versed in how to survive the apocalypse. 

If we know to shoot them in the head, we'll be expecting the characters on screen to know this, too.

Robert just doesn't want us all screaming at our screens to shoot him in the goshdarn head!

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So, Robert decided to avoid the possibility of characters having previous zombie knowledge by simply removing their existence from this universe altogether. 

Maggie never saw Night of the Living Dead. Carl never played Dead Rising. These things are part of our universe, not theirs.

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The result is a cast of characters learning to survive as they go along, and a peek into the evolution of an emerging language.

Fascinating stuff!

The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

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