Wondering the same thing. How did the braindead zombies manage to overrun the military barricades in Atlanta and the CDC place? Much less tanks? Okay they have high amounts of stamina but they are still essentially animated human corpses, one bullet to the head and they're finished.
In Shaun of the Dead, the Military shows up and mows them down. I don't know why a few good chain guns didnt do the same this time.
Which episode was that explained?
OMG !!!!! Walking Dead
THEY KILLED SHANE !!!! OMG !!!!
I need comforting
Next week: ZOMBIE ALAMO
I liked Shane, but I don't think Rick had any other choice. It was this or looking over his back for the rest of his life.
I suspected it when they found those two zombie guards at the school board with no bites, but last night confirmed that they are keeping with the comics in that dying for any reason (except traumatic head injury) results in a walker. Walker bites don't transmit zombification per se; they are simply 100% fatal.
A few of us have been discussing the medical aspects of zombiism in the show. We were discussing the absence of bites on Randall (death by broken neck) followed by Shane's zombification this morning. The discussion ended with - holy feces, batman, I need to be to work in 15 minutes!!!!! I still wonder what causes it in the show. I wonder if the nature of the disease will ever be discussed?
The episodes at the CDC explained that it is a virus.
But it didn't really explain how it was transmitted other than the obvious biting. The unbitten security guards add that it might be transmitted through just a scratch. With Shane there is the possibility that there was still infected fluids on the knife (which would indicate that the virus has a relatively long life outside of the host). The problem is with Randall. He died of a broken neck. It did not appear to Daryl and the Asian kid that he had been gnawed upon or had had any contact with lamebrains of any kind. Unless Shane somehow purposefully infected him after killing him we have no idea how he was turned.
It is not transmitted by biting. Everyone is already infected. The bites are merely fatal. The virus is no more transmitted by biting than by stabbing.
It hasn't been (AFAIR). But given the speed with which it apparently infected the entire world, including areas that should have basic infection control/ability to use force to drive off walkers, it's been obvious for a while that direct physical transmission (blood/infected bite) could not be the only vector. I've been assuming for awhile that everybody was infected (via air or water) and the survivors are just those who happen to have some level of natural resistance.
1- What percentage of military personnel were infected? If a large portion were compromised that would cut down effectiveness considerable. Remember, 20% casualties is often considered 'combat ineffective'.
2- Tanks. I am assuming the Abrams MBT in the first season was not taken out of action by the zombies but rather by lack of fuel and expended ammo. The gas turbine engines in those are fuel hogs.
3- One bullet to the head is a lot harder than it looks on TV. I can reliably put most shots into the head at a stationary target in unstressed situations at about 10-15' nearly 100% of the time. At 20' it really depends on the pistol. With a rifle I can go a bit further, but I'm no William Tell. Make the targets moving and stress me out and the percentages will drop astronomically. Take a look at police hit ratios. These are usually considered trained professionals. I don't have the numbers on hand but they are pretty abysmal. And I am talking about hitting the target in general, not a precise shot to the head.
The main advantage the military would have would be artillery strikes against conglomerations of them. Military fire bases with large stockpiles of ammunition would probably be the way to go. The problem is, ammo is always finite and arty is loud...