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Just how long does it take for a zombie to completely decompose?

posted by Robert Morgan on - last edited - Viewed by 1.3K users

I mean, we're left to assume there are millions, if not billions of walkers infesting the world of the WALKING DEAD, all of which are in varying stages of rot, but it hardly ever seems to affect their ability to stalk living humans. They can only keep going for so long before their brain putrefies into liquid, or the muscles in their limbs decay to the point where they wouldn't be able to move.

I'm not an avid reader of the comic book, so I don't know if this issue was ever directly addressed.

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  • The comic sort of touches on this issue lightly, and it's hinted that they do start to decompose to the point of non-movement eventually, but not much really comes of it. It's been 1 or 2 years into the comic and the walkers are still going strong.

  • @Mornai said: The comic sort of touches on this issue lightly, and it's hinted that they do start to decompose to the point of non-movement eventually, but not much really comes of it. It's been 1 or 2 years into the comic and the walkers are still going strong.

    Yeah it's been 2+ years and the walkers are just as dangerous if not more.

  • That's just another thing I think you have to chalk up the genre. Zombies are festering rotting corpses, but the decomposition seemingly stops at a certain point so they can remain mobile while still appearing dead.

    It's just one of those things you have to not think about for a zombie apocalypse to seem feasible. Cracked.com even put together a whole list of reasons why a ZA wouldn't last long. Best not to think about it.

  • It's just something you need to ignore. I mean usually it takes a body to decompose, while under ground, like two monthish. And that's with the coffin's protection. Walkers really shouldn't last all that long.

    Similarly it's like how you should just ignore the fact that the walker's teeth are made out of unbreakable titanium or something too. It'd be hard enough for an alive to do some of the feats that the walkers, nonetheless who should have fragile ass teeth due to them being, ya know, dead.

  • I suppose we could believe that whatever is causing them to reanimate in the first place is also at fault for slowing/halting their decomposition, which continues to remain a mystery.

  • In the comics, zombies are hinted to eventually decompose.

    Anyone remember the issue where Heath and Abraham found a zombie which was close to be decomposed?

    It's only been 2 years, so...

  • My memory is a bit hazy on this, but didn't Kirkman said on a Letter Hack or somewhere that walkers are rotting away slowly?

    Either way, walkers do show hints of decomposition but probably at a much slower rate.

    It's one of those "suspension of disbelief" that comes with the genre at the end of the day.

  • They eat the living and don't swell or poop - and we're worried about decomposition rates? :p

  • @DreadMagus said: They eat the living and don't swell or poop - and we're worried about decomposition rates? :p

    Bah, they need not worry about that! Just let it fall out of their exposed stomachs and intestines, and they're good to go(they won't know the difference). ;)

  • @Mornai said: Bah, they need not worry about that! Just let it fall out of their exposed stomachs and intestines, and they're good to go(they won't know the difference). ;)

    Well... as far as we know.

    "Yo John! Did you see that sweet chick walking past?"
    "Oh yeah, Jake, I tried to get close but she started attacking me."
    "Damn, man. You okay? Your intestines are falling out..." 0.o
    "Yeah... I don't know why she didn't try to eat them. I was disappointed."
    "Eh, you'll find someone out there."
    "Yeah. I'll just rest easy for a bit, and then we'll go to her neighbor's for a quick bite"
    "Hell yeah!"
    *Nibble*
    "Yo, those are my intestines!"
    "Uh...sorry. Got confused I guess."

    ___

    Exactly how zombie friends would be xD. Especially reacting to a wound ;)

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