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The Herd

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If the train is drawing the herd of walkers to Savannah, couldn't Lee just put the train in reverse when they get there, then jump out, and draw the walkers back into the opposite direction?

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  • @funyahns said: I hate the term Herd. A herd is a defense against predators. If anything it should be a Horde, Scourge, Pack, and or Pride. I would go with either Horde or Scourge... A Scourge of walkers sounds much better.

    The noun herd is used to describe a large social group of animals that are being kept, feed, or traveling together; it can also mean a large group of people. The term is not dependent on whether the groups members are predators or prey, but rather the size of the group itself. Because social predatory animals don't usually operate in groups as a large prey species do (the exception being ants and other social insects) we don't usually associate a group of predators as a herd, but in this case I would say the term is very applicable.

  • @Christoaster said: Very interesting point OP. I think it would be a good idea for them to do that. But it most likely gets derailed since there is a shitload of Zombies. Although they might need the train just in case so what would be the point?

    Would a shitload of zombies derail a train? I would think that a train could plow through any number of zombies with no problem at all.

    I would love to find out! :D

  • @UndeadDollface said: The noun herd is used to describe a large social group of animals that are being kept, feed, or traveling together; it can also mean a large group of people.

    This is the proper definition of the word "herd", the key word in that definition being "social". Kirkman may have adopted the term for walkers and I willingly accept that, but it is technically incorrect for that reason.

    @UndeadDollface said: The term is not dependent on whether the groups members are predators or prey, but rather the size of the group itself.

    There are very specific nouns that refer to groups of specific animals and the term "herd" never applies to predatory groups (i.e. wolves are a "pack"). Even social insects, such as ants or termites are referred to as a colony, nest, or swarm (the word "army" is also used for ants).

    @UndeadDollface said: I prefer "Crapload". Like, "There's a crapload of walkers heading this way!".

    More expediently expressed as "Oh shit!"

  • @Cyreen said: Good image. :p

    The typical word for a group of rabbits is "warren", but "herd" is proper for a domestic grouping.

    Suddenly I wonder why Warren Spector got to make a game about Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

  • So what actually happends is that when a walker sees this group walking towards something, somekind of "group mentality" kicks in and it joins the herd, and like this one by one a herd is formed.

    Another thing I remember from the comic is that if a zombie see's another one even accidently brush against a house it will think that theres someone there.

  • If the tracks are a stright line to Savvanah then they will arrive, Im more worried about not kiking the blowtorch down to thin thier numbers at the end there was loads of the little biters.

  • @Christoaster said: Very interesting point OP. I think it would be a good idea for them to do that. But it most likely gets derailed since there is a shitload of Zombies.

    Once it hits Macon its going to smash into the boxcar they left behind and derail/get ruined anyway.

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