It's almost hard to believe, but AMC's The Walking Dead is already in the midst of its whopping eighth season on the air. The zombie apocalypse is showing no signs of slowing down, with its spinoff Fear The Walking Dead gaining fans and a crossover event occurring in the show's fourth season. As such, everyone involved in the flagship series is no doubt working on ways to keep the show fresh and unique. This is a difficult task, as fans have watched just about every atrocity imaginable on the beloved series. Yet director and visual effects supervisor Greg Nicotero is still thinking of gross new zombies, and we'll soon break new ground as the first nude zombie pops up. Nicotero teased this, saying:
It's the zombie apocalypse, and pants are not necessarily on the menu. Considering how long its been since the world itself ended, it makes sense that a nude walker would eventually pop up during the show's long run.
While fans have been watching The Walking Dead for eight seasons, that timeline doesn't match up with how much time has passed on the show. As far as we can tell, it's been about two years since the outbreak began. Despite Carl getting older far faster than he should have, the rest of the world (including the undead) has aged a bit more appropriately. With some walkers having roamed around for two years straight, it would stand to reason that their clothes would eventually distress enough to leave them completely nude.
While Greg Nicotero teased the first nude walker in his conversation with EW, he didn't reveal which sex the walking corpse would be. Personally, I think it might have something to do with the Scavenger leader Jadis. Despite betraying Rick two separate times, the monosyllabic group of survivors are still out there. Jadis, played by Pollyanna McIntosh, is a character that enjoys spending time in the nude. The group of garbage people live by their own rules, and Jadis' include plenty of nudity and sex. So could the nude walker end up being the community leader?
It would certainly be a cool plot twist. Despite popping in and out of the narrative, the Scavengers have yet to truly become an integral part of The Walking Dead. And since they've left Rick to die on two separate occasions, fans are eager to see them get what's coming. The conflict between Rick and Negan will likely end before Season 8 is over, and therefore The Scavengers need to be taken care of as well. Perhaps Michonne or Rick will be able to put a zombified Jadis out of her misery, ending the character once and for all.
We'll just have to wait and see what happens when The Walking Dead returns from hiatus. New episodes will begin February 25th, 2018. In the meantime, check out our midseason premiere list to plan your next binge watch, and our cancellation list to see if your favorite show got the chop last year.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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