The Walking Dead Daryl Dixon Just Introduced an Unexpected New Zombie Rule

With its latest spinoff Daryl Dixon, The Walking Dead has once again changed the rules of its undead monsters.

Zombies in The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon
Photo: Emmanuel Guimier | AMC

This article contains spoilers for The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon episode 1.

Through eleven seasons of The Walking Dead, the “rules” of the show’s reanimated walkers remained mostly the same.

Respecting the canon established in George A. Romero’s zombie films and Robert Kirkman’s comic source material, the undead on AMC’s long-running hit abided by the same rules. Walking Dead zombies were … 1. Re-animated corpses. 2. Slow-moving. 3. Hungry for flesh. 4. Could be dispatched only by a piercing wound to the brain.

That level of consistency helped establish The Walking Dead as one of the most successful shows of its era. But as they say, variety is the spice of (undead) life. In The Walking Dead‘s 11th and final season, the show finally opened the door for a different kind of zombie when Aaron (Ross Masquand) experienced the unimaginable horror of a walker that could … turn a doorknob!


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