Warning: if you’re not current on the Walking Dead show, you might want to bookmark this video for later — there’s a spoiler-y moment lurking amidst all those hungry zombies.
It may come as a surprise to some, but the zombies on AMC’s The Walking Dead aren’t actually noshing down on human flesh during all those undead feeding frenzies. I know, that’s a bitter pill for any GFR readers suffering from a head injury that left you unable to distinguish between fiction and reality. But don’t worry, we’ll take you by the hand and walk you through this.
So what are the walkers chewing on during those gore-filled cannibalistic sequences? Well, let’s just say that apparently none of the zombies are Jewish, or else they’re gonna be in big trouble with their rabbi.
Yes, The Walking Dead’s stand-in for steaming human human flesh is actually pork. That’s just one revelation of several in CineFix’s latest “Things You Didn’t Know” video, which explains that Walking Dead props master John Sanders prepares all the fake long pig by taking real pig and dressing it to look appropriately carnage-y. Sadly, the extras in recent seasons don’t have nearly as sweet a deal as those in the earlier ones. Apparently Sanders used to coat all the fake body parts in barbeque sauce to make them extra tasty, but the vinegar in the sauce kept breaking down the zombie makeup. Bye-bye went the BBQ.
The other little tidbits in the video are pretty cool as well, including one I actually did know about: two references to The Walking Dead’s network sibling Breaking Bad in the form of a bag of Heisenberg’s trademark blue meth and Glen at one point stealing Walt Jr.’s red Dodge Challenger. Sure, they make for cool easter eggs, but I’m going to go ahead and use them as proof that Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead actually occur in the same universe. Somebody get me a Jesse Pinkman cameo, bitch!
Other than that, you can learn about one very subtle way the show has been following in the footsteps of Robert Kirkman’s comic series, a not terribly surprising revelation about Michonne, whatever happened to one of the show’s most recognizable severed heads, and the story of the time Michael Rooker got a SWAT team sicced on him. They never would have taken Merle alive, but thankfully Rooker didn’t reflexively go into full stand-off mode.
The Walking Dead just wrapped up its fourth season last night. You can read Brent’s breakdown of the season finale right here, or get some hints about where season give might be headed. Ah, forget all that, just watch this exercise in Walking Dead wish fulfillment instead.