The Walking Dead is one of the most popular shows on television right now and seems as though it’s becoming a long running one as well. One reason it’s been able to maintain its popularity and wide reception is due to the realism that it exhibits. There’s a diverse cast with a wide variety of types of people that many different audiences are able to relate to. When you can relate to a character, you begin taking more interest in a show, causing it to have a long run. The day that the series isn’t renewed for another season will be a strange one.
The Walking Dead’s biggest flaw is its struggle to remain new and exciting. It seems as though the characters go through a somewhat formulaic story arc: they finally find a place that’s home only to discover “Oh wait, this place is actually super-messed up and now we have to find a new place to live.” And the cycle repeats. Over and over again. When you have dull moments in a show, it allows your audience to begin to notice things easier.
When you start to notice certain things about a science fiction show or movie, you can start to realize all of the plot holes and mysteries that never get discussed in the series. And The Walking Dead has more than a few of them. You can’t put everything on TV, but sometimes it’d be nice to get a little explanation of certain aspects of the show and its background. Here are the 15 biggest mysteries in The Walking Dead that we need answers to.
15. What’s The Deal With Their Teeth?
If you’re friendly with the dentist, then you know that not flossing even between your six month checkups can seriously mess up your oral world. So, if we’re to assume it’s been a couple years that they’ve lived like this, then how is it that no one has had to deal with a cavity yet? Are they even brushing their teeth every day? And everyone always seems to have flashy pearly whites. But I suppose when you’re in the apocalypse, you have a surplus of white strips, as that’s probably the last item on most people’s survivor lists. And when you’re running low on food, it probably helps to chew gum to help hold over your appetite. But questioning their pearly whites is just something we have to suspend while trying to enjoy a fictional television series.
14. Why’d They Abandon The Walkie Talkies?
Remember in the first season when Rick would call out on the walkie talkie to see if anyone else was out there? Why is this something that they’ve seemed to have lost? You might see them pull out a walkie talkie every once in a while for important missions (and for making threats in the most recent season), but why don’t they try to contact other groups anymore? The show did skip quite a large amount of time. When they were staying at Hershel’s they probably didn’t feel the need to contact anyone else, and in the time we missed during Lori’s pregnancy, perhaps they attempted to contact others once again. As the show has gone along, however, it seems as though it’s less about the outside world and more about what’s going on in just the small world of these people.
13. Who Is Treating The Water?
Even in our functioning society, it can be hard to maintain pure and healthy water for citizens of certain areas. Many pipes have lead in them that are harmful to people who drink it, and the microbeads used in face washes and exfoliating soaps are so hard to filter out that we might be drinking them daily. So one has to wonder in TWD, where are they getting all their clean water? You can assume that they probably boil a lot of water for drinking, but when it comes to hygiene, what do they use? The people of Terminus and Alexandria seem fairly clean, so they must be using some sort of water to wash off with. What if the water is tainted with walkers and it pours into your open wound? Do they worry about this as much as I wonder about it? Perhaps they’re using a ton of baby wipes to just stay clean.
12. Why Don’t They Set Up More Traps?
Remember when Morgan was in his crazy state and rigged a whole block to help fend off zombies? It seems as though he was doing a pretty decent job of coming up with unique and homemade ways to block off walkers. And he was able to do that all on his own. Imagine what a whole society could create if they put their brains and brawn together. Why not have an alarm constantly going off in the distance to attract walkers into a fire pit? Or have extensive traps outside the fences instead of someone constantly being on watch. Who wouldn’t love an entire episode that consisted of the gang setting up crazy traps and tricks Home Alone style? You’d think even in an apocalyptic world there’d still be some extra time to have some team building montages.
11. Why Doesn’t Everyone Just Wear Leather All The Time?
So a lot of the characters do sport some leather jackets every once in a while, but it seems as though they’re a bit against staying suited up. When they’re just hanging out on the walls of the quiet and comfortable Alexandria, it makes sense to want to hang out in your normal, everyday clothing. But whenever they all go out on missions, wouldn’t you think it’d be time to leather it up? Not only is this just a pretty cool aesthetic choice and the way to make the series more like a comic book, but leather would probably be the best choice for any potential walker face off. It’s the toughest material so walkers wouldn’t be able to bite through it as easily. The creators missed a big opportunity to make some cool looking battle costumes.
10. Why Don’t Walkers Eat Other Dead Walkers?
Walkers obviously don’t attack other walkers because they’re dead, right? Walkers tend to only go for things that are alive and that they can tear apart. But even after a person dies during a walker attack, the walkers seem to keep on eating, they don’t stop just because the person is dead. And even though zombies are supposed to have rotting flesh, they still have flesh. Especially walkers who just recently died and became walkers. It seems like there should just be more “walker on walker” fights as well, but somehow they’re all just super-attracted to the stars of our shows. Walkers also seem to be super-attracted to noise, as the characters often use noise to distract them. So why aren’t the walkers at least walking towards other walkers that make noise? They would have to have a very specific and complex sense of smell to be able to decipher a dead body from a new walker.
9. What Does The Rest Of The World Look Like?
Fans are dying to know what the rest of the world looks like. We definitely love our group in the show, but it wouldn’t hurt to be able to have overlapping storylines or some way that someone from a faraway land is able to contact the group. Does this disease extend to Asia, Australia, and Africa? What about just the far-flung places that didn’t have as frequent contact with the rest of the world, like Hawaii or Alaska. But the creators of the show probably decided to leave this a mystery for several reasons. It would be more expensive, as it would mean more locations to shoot and more actors to pay. Instead, it’s better as just a way for us to wonder as it leaves many possibilities for spin-off series, both sequels and prequels. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see!
8. What Do They Do In Their Spare Time?
Living in an apocalyptic world is tough. You have to grow or find your own food, you might not have the easiest ways to get around, and you’re always on watch. But surely you have to have some spare time. So what do they do when they have nothing better to do? Do they partake in drugs and alcohol? Can you do that in an apocalypse, or is it just too scary to try and let your guard down? Do they work out, or does being in the apocalypse keep people pretty fit? These are questions that could easily be answered in the series. Who doesn’t want to see a big party inside one of the Alexandria mini-mansions? We got a glimpse when Daryl and Beth decided to find some alcohol, but that was more of a dramatic moment to reveal some character backstory. We’d love to really see all the hobbies the gang participates in.
7. Do Miscarriages Become Zombies?
This is a question that might get answered in the newest season. Spoiler alert: Maggie is pregnant. Last time we saw her, she wasn’t doing too hot. There was blood and a lot of pain, so who knows what might be happening to her unborn child. But we’re dying to know, can miscarriages and babies die in the womb and become zombies? Is that what’s happening to Maggie? The creators have an amazing opportunity to have a baby rip its way out of someone’s stomach, so hopefully they take it. We also just don’t seem to see children that often as well. Surely there are plenty of kids in the town, and plenty of women who have become pregnant during the time span of the apocalypse. Without proper medical care, a lot more women are probably experiencing pregnancy issues. While it’s not something to write a show around, it would be nice if this was discussed a bit more in the series.
6. Will Children Born Post-Apocalypse Get Vaccinated?
When we’re small kids, most of us get vaccines, unless our parents are so terrified to have a kid with Autism that they risk the health of innocent children around them. These vaccines help protect us from really deadly diseases like smallpox, measles, and polio. With all of the children being born post-apocalypse, or the ones being raised who were too young to get vaccinated pre-apocalypse, do they run the risk of the diseases coming back? And things like chicken pox and even the flu could be deadly if not treated properly, so the group has to be extra careful about their health. It’d be interesting to see how the group would deal with a problem that modern medicine would be able to treat or at least manage. Even if they survive the apocalypse, will they be able to rebuild a society without a hospital in every town?
5. How Did The Zombies Survive Winter?
The human body is made up of mostly water. This means that if we’re in low enough temperatures, we freeze. Wouldn’t you think that the zombies who were exposed in the winter would have frozen by now? We know that The Walking Dead skipped a big chunk of time and in that time we missed, winter happened. But it would have been a great way to show us what the zombies look like in winter. Do they freeze and then simply thaw and become zombies again? Wouldn’t winter be a great time to wipe out as many zombies as possible? We’d love to see a scene in the series of Rick and the group taking out a bunch of walkers frozen in place. Perhaps that is an area that will be explored more in later seasons, or maybe it’s a mystery that we’ll just have to sit with throughout the entirety of the series.
4. Why Are Guns So Hard To Find?
One terrifying fact about America is that guns outnumber people. For every 100 residents, we have 112 guns. So let’s just pretend that for every 100 residents, 80 of them are zombies and 20 of them live in Alexandria. The number is likely much higher, but even then, each resident would have about 5 of their own guns. And ammo outnumbers even that. Not to mention that this show takes place in the south, a place where people love their guns. So why is everyone always having so much difficulty finding guns? They should be in a ton of houses, and even some superstores sell and carry guns. Not to mention army bases and police stations that are probably very easy to find during an apocalypse. But, had you not known just how many guns we do have in the country, it might seem unbelievable if every character was able to have a gun in each hand at all times. The show might be a bit more exciting that way, however.
3. Why Doesn’t Anyone Say “Zombie”?
We get it, that’s The Walking Dead’s thing, to never say the word zombie. If you didn’t already know, the word “zombie” is never actually stated in the series, but why? It seems a little distracting, to be honest. The reason the creators chose to remove the word from the series was so as to make it seem more realistic and to separate it from the pop culture surrounding zombie apocalypse media. But it seems a little more unrealistic that they would live in a world where the situation they’re in was never mentioned in any book, show, or movie. It seems like sort of an easy way to make excuses as to why the characters might be clueless about certain aspects of surviving this world. Maybe in the last season, they’ll have someone say “Zombie!” To which everyone will respond with confusion.
2. Can Animals Become Zombies?
Since season one when we were forced to tragically watch an innocent majestic horse be torn apart, we’ve been dying to know, can animals become zombies? Will the creators ever bless us with the opportunity to see a pack of zombie dogs attack? And what could zoos possibly look like? Would you go to a zombie zoo? Because that would be an incredible sequence. Also what about bugs? Surely there’s been a mosquito that bit a walker and then bit one of the members? Especially in the summer heat and warm climates. Do they take serious measures to ensure that they’re not getting constantly bit by infected pests? And what about birds? Birds eat the bugs that bite the zombies right? What would it look like to have attacking zombie animals? That’s probably a whole new complex area that the creators aren’t ready to handle, but perhaps one day we’ll get to see.
1. Why Are There So Few Animals?
The biggest mystery of the entire show has to be where all the animals are. The people of Terminus were so lacking meats that they turned to eating people instead of hunting. In America, there are about 300 million people, 8 billion chickens, 98.4 million cattle, 80 million dogs, and 70 million cats. That’s just the ones we can easily count. So how is it, that in this world where most of the population lives, we haven’t been able to see a bunch of chickens? The most we’ve seen are a few pigs at the prison getting sick. And even things like mice, rats, and bunnies are hard to come by. Perhaps the zombies get to them before the humans are, but, in reference to the last question, wouldn’t that mean that we’d be seeing more zombie animals as well? Perhaps we’ll get a glimpse of our cuddlier friends next season, or maybe we’ll eternally have to wonder what a zombie zoo might look like.