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Why do they call them zombies? :/

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More of a nitpick, especially with the problems are having. But why do they call them zombies? In both the comics and TV series they are never called zombies.

The idea is that in the universe of the walking dead the concept of a zombie has never come up. Which is why they call them walkers (or whatever names they come up with).

While calling them walkers would be the same as what the main group does, I would have still prefered that then calling them zombies. But the voice acting is likely done, and it's too late to change anything.

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  • In the Comics they are mostly called (by the people in Ricks group):
    - Roamers: The ones that Walk around all the time
    &
    - Lurkers: The ones you think are dead but jump you when you get to close

    Then again thats Ricks group and in this game we follow another main character... So, for all we know they always called them just plain old Zombies.

  • Rick and Tyrese actually did refer to them as zombies at one point in the comics, but then said they thought it sounded funny to use that word. Sorry, can't remember the exact dialog, but it was around the time they got to the prison.

  • This from Merriam-Webster Online dictionary

    Zombie: noun- a person held to resemble the so-called walking dead.

    Seems to fit, dontcha think? ;)

  • Zombie is the name of the mutated species, walker, roamer, etc. are names to indicate their type.
    Using type names would not be realistic as they have not yet encountered zombies that behave differently

  • @Mike said: Rick and Tyrese actually did refer to them as zombies at one point in the comics, but then said they thought it sounded funny to use that word. Sorry, can't remember the exact dialog, but it was around the time they got to the prison.




    Your right, I found it, it's in the kitchen in the prison. It's been so long I forgot that. Sorry I doubted you.


    @Mike said: This from Merriam-Webster Online dictionary

    Zombie: noun- a person held to resemble the so-called walking dead.

    Seems to fit, dontcha think? ;)

    I know what a zombie is. My point is they don't call them that. I was remembering a conversation when the TV show came out about how they don't call them zombies because in the fictional universe of the series the word doesn't exist. But as Mike pointed out the word does exist in that universe, they just don't call them zombies.

    You guys can lock up this thread, since it appears I was wrong.

  • Yeah, as Mike said, they do use the word 'zombie' in the comics, but it's not used too often.

    And the reason I remember that is because I was a fan of the TV show first, then discovered the comics, and thought how odd it was that the characters called the living dead 'zombies' instead of 'walkers'.

  • @TheRightTrousers said: Yeah, as Mike said, they do use the word 'zombie' in the comics, but it's not used too often.
    And the reason I remember that is because I was a fan of the TV show first, then discovered the comics, and thought how odd it was that the characters called the living dead 'zombies' instead of 'walkers'.



    I find it funny and I know they point it out a few times how different people call them different things.

  • I don't think Kirkman ever specifically touched on it in his comics, but not saying "zombie" all the time just makes sense. I wouldn't use that word either in the middle of an epidemic, because then you're constantly being reminded that you're surrounded by actual re-animated corpses. "Walkers" is a lot easier on the psyche.

    Episode 1 takes place during the initial outbreak, remember, so that word would be the first thing to pop into anybody's head. Lee and his crew might not be using it in later episodes, but you'll have to wait and see.

  • @Icedhope said: I find it funny and I know they point it out a few times how different people call them different things.



    Yep. There's 'zombies', 'roamers', 'lurkers', 'biters'...um...

    I also vaguely remember Rick and another character discussing what they should call them. I think that's when they come up with the 'lurker' and 'roamer' monikers. Eh. I don't remember. I guess I have some reading to do...

    @Icedhope said: "Walkers" is a lot easier on the psyche.

    Indeed...

  • What bugs me is the fact that they referred to them as walkers at some points during the game. I might be wrong but I'm pretty sure I saw it. Wasn't the term "walkers" invented by Ricks group?

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