We thank our lucky stars every week for the hilarious and informative The Talking Dead! After the terrifying and/or super-intense episode that inevitably preceded it, Chris Hardwick's energetic interviews is the only reason we can get to sleep on Sunday nights. But in addition to being a fantastic way to decompress, TTD always has at least one crewmember on the couch, giving us an insider view to some elements of the show.
This week, we discussed The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 2, "Infected," with Hayley Williams of Paramore; executive producer, special effects artist, and actor Greg Nicotero; and comedian Doug Benson of the Doug Loves Movies podcast.
1. Andrew Lincoln is a champion of tossing pigs around
While shooting the scene where Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) throw the pigs to the walkers, the pigs must have sensed something was amiss and made a break for it. Executive producer and special effects artist Greg Nicotero revealed that Andrew was the MVP of getting the pigs back in line.
2. Walkers don't get softer over time
That walker's face got grated as if a well-aged brie on the chain-link fence outside the prison (if you missed that part, it was pretty brutal) because a bunch of walkers were piled behind him, special effects artist Greg says.
3. It's pretty hard to get a gig as a walker
Greg's "zombie school," which gets some brief screen time, is not only the way that extras learn to become believable zombies, but a way of vetting candidates. Who thought walking like a zombie was such a competitive sport?
After people are recruited for extras, they go through a rigorous process where they're not only screened for having the right look pre-zombification, but having just the right walk. While we all think we have a kick-ass Thriller dance, your average stumble just isn't going to cut it, apparently.
4. Walkers don't get full
What makes a Walker stop eating a human target was briefly discussed; Greg clarified that Walker-Patrick stopped gnawing the sleeping man because he became a Walker, and Walkers don't eat other Walkers.
5. Walker-Patrick's first kill was an homage
Greg built up his special effects chops on George A. Romero's classic zombie flicks, including 1985's Day of the Dead; the scene with the sleeping man's guts spilling out all over Patrick's hungry, zombie face was a nod to a scene in the film.
Did you learn anything cool in this week's The Talking Dead? Let us know your favorite factoid in the comments!