This is a discussion on The Walking Dead within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; If they all carry the virus then why haven't they built up antibodies against it? Seems that they should be immune by now....
If they all carry the virus then why haven't they built up antibodies against it? Seems that they should be immune by now.
Once again, Shane was not bit before he turned and he turned within a few minutes. And the kid they held captive was not bit either and turned quickly.
I guess I missed all of the medical talk of solanum.
If you are reading the comics pleased DO NOT spoil the story line to come.
While I have read the comics this isnt necessarily from (or not from.) the comics so much as general Romero zombie fact.
Its not "death" that triggers the turn its the lack of resistance by the body. A healthy body can fight the illness to a standstill without beating it but a dead body cant do anything.
There is a theory that someone with a compromised immune system would turn without being bitten or dying from another cause. Just a theory, one I happen to believe.
Solanum - Zombie Wiki - Zombies, Undead, Survival Guide
Its not exactly how the walking dead authors make zombies work but its a general zombie fiction word that we (Geeks.) tend to use a lot.
darbo, you aren't paying very close attention... Everyone who is bit dies very soon after, period. As has been pointed out, it doesn't matter that they are already "infected," the bite - and ensuing transfer of bodily fluids - kills you in and of itself. Once you are dead (either from the bite, or from any other cause), you re-animate as a Z.
That said, the little bitty cut from glass that had touched water (or whatever it was) that held a Z head NOT turning Michonne/the Guv is a pretty minor point, when you consider the following:
1) Michonne, with a gaping, open bullet wound in her leg, was DRENCHED in zombie guts. A ton of bodily fluids would have gotten into that huge, open wound.
2) Many characters, but Rick especially when he was on his "Lori revenge killing spree," have had their faces literally covered in zombie gore. The eyes, nose, and mouth are all permeable membranes, and diseases get in through them all the time. It makes no sense that a bite can do it, but having the blood pour into your mouth cannot.
3) Who is mowing the lawn at the prison (and everywhere else, for that matter).
4) Why did Glen rip out the bones of the zombie to use as weapons, instead of the smashed up chair that he used to kill the zombie in the first place? (As an addendum, if these zombie limbs are so weak that they can simply be pulled off by a relatively small guy, they wouldn't be strong enough to support the zombies in the first place. As another addendum, why are the zombie's skulls made out of crepe paper? Seriously, the most dangerous weapon in TWD universe would be a dull pencil...)
5) HOW DID THAT ZOMBIE EAT LORI'S SKULL, FEMURS, AND PELVIS?!?! HOW DID 130lbs (I looked it up) OF LORI FIT INTO THE BELLY OF A 180lb "MAN?" WHY DID THIS ZOMBIE DECIDE TO DRAG HIS MEAL INTO A BACK CORNER TO EAT IT? BETTER AMBIANCE? (Ok, I'm a little worked up over that one, but it's just sooooooooooo stupid.)
And Edward, I recognize your zombie bona fides, but quit mixing media. They aren't Romero z's, they aren't World War Z z's, they are TWD z's. Just as there are 100,000,000 different vampires, there are equally as many zombies. It isn't the difference between TWD zombies and other zombies that bothers me, it is the internal inconsistencies (and outright defiance of physics) that bothers me....
Last edited by OPFOR; December 4th, 2012 at 04:52 AM.
A man fires a rifle for many years, and he goes to war. And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, and he believes he's finished with the rifle. But no matter what else he might do with his hands - love a woman, build a house, change his son's diaper - his hands remember the rifle.