The sense of adventure and the eerie but irresistible nature of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic shows are something that one could easily find in The Walking Dead. Despite having dead people walking about and killing and feasting on the living, the fact that show is about humanity, survival and the journey of the characters makes it relatable and enjoyable. So, here are some facts about The Walking Dead that we have gathered from IMDB and other sources that we are sure you would love reading about.
1. HBO passed up The Walking Dead because the executives thought it was too violent.
Before AMC green-lighted the show in March 2010, the producer Gale Anne Hurd approached NBC and HBO. Interestingly enough, they passed the show because of the show’s violent drama. Despite the discouragement, the producers refused to deviate from the original story and declined the offer when NBC and HBO said they would accept it if the graphic comic’s violence and gore was toned down.(source)
2. Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead, also made the origin story of Michonne, which was published in Playboy magazine. The story explains who the two chained up walkers are that Michonne kept as pets.
Michonne is a former attorney who saves the life of Otis wielding a long katana sword and she also travels with a pair of chained up walkers. She plays a prominent role in the conflict between the town of Woodbury led by the Governor and the Prison crew. Her past, until now, has been a mystery and in a six page story published in Playboy magazine, Kirkman reveals one of the iconic characters’ origin story.(source)
3. During the lunch breaks while filming, all the zombie cast would eat together separately from all the human cast who ate together.
4. In The Walking Dead universe, zombies do not appear in fiction. None of the films of George Romero, famous for his zombie apocalypse movies, including Night of the Living Dead, were ever made.
Robert Kirkman drew inspiration for the walkers from the zombies depicted in George Romero’s films and said that his works were never made in the world of The Walking Dead. Hence his movies do not appear in the show. He also stated that the walkers also run at the same pace as the zombies in the films of Romero.(source)
5. The creators have made a series of webisodes called “Torn Apart” revealing the backstory of the “bicycle girl/walker” that Rick kills in the episode “Days Gone By”.
The web series tells the origin story of a woman named Hannah also named “bicycle girl” and a mother of two children. The story tells how Hannah gets infected while trying to reach to a concession stand where they are evacuating refugees. In the first episode “Days Gone By”, Rick Grimes goes back to find Hannah before he sets out to Atlanta. When he finds out that she was infected, he shoots her saying “sorry this happened to you”.(source)