Forget Everything You Know
If you have been watching AMC’s The Walking Dead, you know the last episodes of last season felt like a zombie was slowly sucking out brain matter. Where is this series going? What are they doing? Snore… Season Two has been a huge wake up call. Hailing back to the first part of the series where story was king and zombie kills were gruesome, this season of The Walking Dead has kept me more than hooked. I am absolutely infected. Then again…they are completely turning the whole zombie mythos on its head.
NOTE: DO NOT READ IF YOU DIDN’T SEE THE MARCH 11 EPISODE OF THE WALKING DEAD. BIG NASTY SPOILERS AHEAD.
We all knew that Shane was going to come after Rick. It was just a matter of when and how. I saw it coming for sure when Lori (who I still look at and think Sarah from Prison Break) told Shane she didn’t know whose baby she was carrying and that “must be hard on him.” The foreshadowing was there in previous episodes. No surprise there… The HOW and the what happened afterward was the big surprise.
The Walking Dead Blows Up Zombie History
The shot heard around the world was when Shane got up, after Rick had stabbed him, and he was a zombie. WHAT? WHAT?!?!? This positively blows up any bit of zombie tradition. Forget the fast zombie versus slow zombie debate – now we have questions about the whole way you BECOME a zombie.
Quite honestly, the way that the crew kills “the walkers,” with gruesome splashes of blood flying everywhere, I did wonder. Um… can that get through your skin? What if you have a cut? What if it gets in the eyes or mouth? Is a bite the only way a person can become a zombie? So, I did what any 21st century gal would do — I hit the Internet.
Here is what I found.
The Federal Empire and Zombie Agency has this to say, but it doesn’t address alternate means of disease transmission.
“The zombie virus comes from the same Mononegavirales family as the Human Vampiric Virus. The virus is propagated mainly through ticks of the familyIxodidae. The prevalence of these ticks in tropical climes is the main reason for the large number of outbreaks in those regions. The nature of the spread of zombie plagues generally depended on the place of origin. Most urban plagues were spread by aggressive rats that had been bitten by an infected tick. In the country, the tick would bite humans directly, or pass the virus through mice, raccoons and other animals. As was the case with vampirism, humans infected with the virus would pass it from their saliva into the bloodstream of another through the bite.”
Ok… on the whole, pretty unhelpful… so I pressed on and found that the CDC (yes the United States government Center for Disease Control) has a blog about preparedness for the Zombie Apocalypse.
So… I wrote a letter to the CDC. I am committed to finding the truth!
Here is the letter I wrote…
I stumbled upon your blog about Zombie Apocalypse preparedness and will be linking to it from my pop culture blog – PopTwist. I do have a question, though.
I am wondering about other methods of transfer of the zombie virus other than bite. For example, what if the victim got zombie blood or saliva in an open wound, the mouth or eyes? Would this be enough to transfer the virus or possibly a slower progressing form of the virus?
I would be happy to quote the CDC and link back to your Task Force campaign.
So let’s take a vote. Shout back — Will the CDC get back to me? In the meantime, I will continue to search for credible resources on the transfer of the zombie virus. But, really, if the CDC doesn’t know – who will? And, if not, why the blog? They mention The Walking Dead right up top. Were they thinking that the horrible second part of season one would affect their reputation? If they contact me, maybe I can get an answer about that too.
The truth is out there. Ha ha…