Originally posted by Greymarch Unless the zombies have a shelf life like in 28 Days, I don't really foresee the human survivors ever actually getting rid of all the walkers out there, tehre's just way too many of them. So random zombies are always going to be a danger.
The real question will be if new children will be born infected? Or will Lori be carrying the miracle baby with the cure in its marrow?
I think the belief was that at the rate the walkers are decomposing, in a year or so they'd just be a pile of bones on the ground still moving their mandibles.
Now, unless it is something just in this generation, it looks like the life these guys are living has no end to it. It will always be running, scavenging and hiding.
Right here I'm mixing some things from the Walking Dead comic book, World War Z, Contagion and my own ideas about how things would work.
A lot of virus' lay dormant in people who don't know that they are carrying it themselves. The world population could easily be contaminated with the zombie virus because the virus lays dormant until you die, and then it acts.
This is a brilliant way to have the zombie apocalypse spread so quickly, because X amount of people are going to die from whatever means each day, who will all turn to zombies. You don't have to worry about an outbreak from a single spot reaching through everywhere else.
The only thing that a zombie bite does, is infect you and kill you. You're already gonna be a zombie when you die.
Civilization, if it wins, doesn't have much to worry about anyway. The number one way that zombies spread their numbers are by the element of surprise. All those people who see someone stumbling twords them, and can't imagine that they want to EAT them. Once the zombies are cleared out, clearly the way people treat dead people will change and people will be prepared. You'll be able to dial 711 for zombie control.
I imagine there will be a LOT more guns per capita. Guns will be fine to use, cause it won't call the walkers down.
In the comic, Rick and Shane were having an altercation, and Shane was going to kill Rick, when Carl shoots him instead. Rick buries him right away (yes, what IS with the current rate of zombification), before people realize that everyone that dies becomes a zombie.
Rick drives back and digs him up and shoots him in the head, putting him out of his misery.
I hope people can see how having a 10-year old that kills Shane (in the first season), could lead to the kind of darkness in Carl that we're seeing this season.
Having Carl kill Zombie Shane is the kind of changes that nod to the original, but killing a zombie is not the same kind of decision at all (some would say it's not even a decision at that point), so I fear the problem isn't entirely solved.
As far as how long it takes for a corpse to turn zombie, the guy at the CDC said that they observed change times that ranged from a couple of minutes to almost two days (if I'm remembering right), and that they hadn't figured out what made some take longer than others.
I've had this show on my "to watch" list for a long time (you know, since 2010) but I finally sat down and got started. I've watched all 18 episodes over the past 10 days so perhaps I can bring a different perspective (and fresher memory) to this thread:
* Jenner told our heroes that the process of turning into a Walker can take anywhere from three minutes to eight hours, so Shane's turn is no plot hole.
* I don't know how this thread has gone three pages without someone giving Spaceman Spiff the correct answer to his question of why we should care if everyone is infected already. For starters, we don't know that literally EVERYONE is infected already. Maybe it's just a lot of people. Perhaps people that drank from an infected water supply or breathed infected air or had blood-to-blood contact with an infected person. That would go towards explaining why we've seen a bunch of non-zombified corpses all over the place. Second, even if everyone IS infected, who's to say it's incurable? The French were close to a cure, remember? Maybe someone else will get there. That's why all hope is not lost, why people should bother trying to survive.
* I was sitting like two inches away from my TV during that last Rick-Shane confrontation so maybe I saw more than what the average viewer saw, but you could totally see Rick drawing his knife before he handed Shane his gun. That was pretty cool.
* I've always been shocked at how cavalier the characters are when handling zombie corpses and/or going toe-to-toe with a zombie. Most of my zombie movie-watching experience tells me that zombie blood is highly contagious. I was expecting people to get infected without bites a long time ago, but no, they've continued to insist that bites and scratches are the only ways to get infected.
I remember when Angel was going off the air, ew.com posted the same thing that NBC might be willing to "pick up the scraps" and take over another couple seasons since they were looking to add some sci-fi shows.