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The Walking Dead Bosses Explain the Return of the “Smart Zombie” Twist in Final Season Trailer

Published on July 26th, 2022 | Updated on July 26th, 2022 | By FanFest

The Walking Dead bosses have shed further light on the “smart zombie” twist shown in the trailer for the show’s final episodes.

The cast and creators gathered at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2022 to discuss all things relating to the final episodes of the series, which will premiere later this year as part 3.

At a press conference held during the event, executive producer Angela Kang discussed the “intelligent zombies” twist with Digital Spy and other journalists.

“I think with the walkers, in some way it is a throwback to some of the walkers we saw back in the very, very first season of The Walking Dead, but not everybody ever encountered those walkers,” she said.

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“It’s almost like it was a variant that just was regional. And anytime there is a change to the rules, that means that people just need to be that much on the penny because they are realising that the methods that they used to survive don’t quite work the same way,” she continued.

“And so our survivors need to be very, very smart and try to adjust to that, and that is one of the many conflicts that they will be dealing with in the final season.”

Scott Gimple, who is also an executive producer on the series, noted that the new walkers teased in a post-credit sequence in The Walking Dead: World Beyond aren’t really “smart”, adding: “I wouldn’t co-sign on the word ‘smart’ for the walkers.”

Gimple explained during the press conference why the planned Rick Grimes spin-off movies were scrapped in favour of a six-episode television series.

“We’re doing the show for AMC+, six episodes, an epic love story, that’s about it,” he said.

The Walking Dead returns for its final season on October 2, 2022. Check out the trailer below!

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