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A question about walkers

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So, I've always been wondering about this: How does a walker manage to tear up a persons stomach and rip out his intestines, only with it's bear hands?

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  • @Vegztah said: So, I've always been wondering about this: How does a walker manage to tear up a persons stomach and rip out his intestines, only with it's bear hands?

    Bare* hands..

  • I've always attributed it to a determined hunger that walkers experience when they detect a human and that their hands are usually whittled away to be sharp and bony. Then there's also that myth that finger nails keep growing for a certain amount of time after death as well.

  • As far as fingernails I would imagine even if they didn't keep growing the hands are rotting. Eventually the muscle, fat and skin is going to wear down and the nails will be left mostly. Though I wonder if the nails themselves would just fall out.

    I think it was explained somewhere that they are just relentless, they are essentially full throttle all the time. For instance they don't get tired, they don't feel pain, if they're going to grab you it's going to be max of their potentially 100% of time.

    I know in the Vampires vs. Zombies episode of Deadliest Warrior they had some muscle guys tear a simulated human body up really badly, snapping bones and ripping the flesh pretty easily.

  • There's another thread about this somewhere. Basically, it comes down to strength. Walkers don't have the reflexes that we have that make us hold back to keep from tearing muscles, breaking bones or dislocating joints. If a walker gets ahold of you, it will keep pulling until it either tears you open or it tears its own arms out.

  • @BlankCanvasDJ said: There's another thread about this somewhere. Basically, it comes down to strength. Walkers don't have the reflexes that we have that make us hold back to keep from tearing muscles, breaking bones or dislocating joints. If a walker gets ahold of you, it will keep pulling until it either tears you open or it tears its own arms out.

    That's right: it's for the same reason a small chimpanzee could rip you up. Humans have psychological blocks that restrict how much of our muscle power we use. That's why in times of great stress young girls can lift cars, or why body builders have to "psych themselves out" before lifting a bunch of weight. The Walkers presumably have no such restraints.

  • I get the how, I don't get the why. I don't get that a zombie would do anything but bite and hold something. Pulling out guts to eat those is a little pointless.

  • I find that if you think too much about the walking dead universe it tends to anger you intellectually, so I try not to think 'too hard' about it. I realize that's probably the excuse for a lot of mediums but for horror/fantasy it should be the exception.

    Scientifically speaking in the real world, 'dead' people can't move it all - and I'm not trying to get philosophical here; I mean it literally. Sure, for 5-10 minutes you could move the bodies if you hooked up some complicated controller to the nervous system, but after a few hours the toxins build up to a level that actually stiffens the muscles up to a point that they become impossible to flex.

    So I think it's better if no one ever tries to explain why, because it could come off as just an insult to people intellectually.

  • @Vegztah said: So, I've always been wondering about this: How does a walker manage to tear up a persons stomach and rip out his intestines, only with it's bear hands?

    I guess it's pretty easy if you have bear hands. :rolleyes:

  • In some zombie flicks the zombies rip you up in one swing. That to me seems a little overkill. If you get overrun by 3 zombies, I'd imagine it being a real struggle to try to get out from their hold for a good 10-15 seconds before they finally start ripping off the flesh. That would make it more horrible.

    @Kannibal said: I guess it's pretty easy if you have bear hands. :rolleyes:

    Bear hands are easymode.

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