TVDuck.com recently compiled a list of 15 facts about The Walking Dead not widely known, and popped it into this cute infographic. Take a look!

With The Walking Dead racking up some record ratings this Sunday for the midseason premiere, we got to wondering… How much do we really know about the show?

In the picture below, the TVDuck staff have put their heads together and dug up some pretty cool facts about the series which have had us shaking our heads in a mixture of disbelief and amazement.

The Walking Dead 15 Things You Didn't Know

Walkers, roamers, biters, floaters…

Well we knew that our survivors have always referred to them as walkers, and the Woodbury lot call them biters, but why not zombies? Perhaps our survivors fell the term trivialises the situation they’re in, or maybe the phrase doesn’t even exist in The Walking Dead world?

Zombie school

 

In this cool little snippet, we see “zombie school” in action. It’s here actors and actresses learn to be a The Walking Dead zombie. They learn how to move, what speed to move at, what noises they can make… The walkers in the series are a classical slow zombie type, rather than the 28 days infected type. For all intents and purposes they are just reanimated corpses and so will have gone through rigamortis to some extent. Creepy.

The smiling skull

In season 1, episode one, Rick is left with the blood spatter image of a smiling skull following his first kill. We checked this out for ourselves and re-watched “Days Gone By” and yep, it’s there alright. Why do you think they chose to do this?

The crossbow

Daryl Dixon is known in The Walking Dead for his signature crossbow; and it seems Norman Reedus has become equally attached. For $300 though, you can kind of understand why!

Walkers and humans don’t eat together

Well in the show it’s obvious; for walkers, humans are dinner. But it’s interesting to note that when off set the same rule applies (not that humans are dinner, but that they don’t mix!)

Zombies can’t breathe

In keeping with the notion that zombies are the undead, it makes sense that they don’t actually breathe, or need to breathe, to keep going. So when it was super cold filming for 2×13, “Beside the Dying Fire” the walkers had to have their water vapour breath digitally removed from the scene. It’s awesome what’s done to make The Walking Dead as true to form as it can be!

5000 to 1

We don’t think those odds look too great to be honest. In The Walking Dead walkers outnumber survivors 5000 to 1. And then you think about a planet of seven billion people… That’s a lot of undead wandering around hungry for some fresh flesh.

The most successful episode so far…?

Since the infographic was created, the midseason premiere for season 3, “The Suicide King” topped the previous record with 12.3 million watching; then taking the encore showings this number is more like 16.6 million. Phew…

Top zombie killers

Whilst this figure has changed since 3×09, the scores on the doors are much of a muchness. Rick is currently ranked first, with Daryl and Andrea not too far behind. Do you think this will change? Or will Rick reign supreme as zombie killing master?

Ed Jenner

The Walking Dead paid tribute to Edward Jenner, creator of the smallpox vaccine, by calling the lone scientist at the CDC (Control of Disease Center) Edwin Jenner. Edwin revealed to Rick that everyone is infected with the walker virus (presumed virus by the term “infected” although at no point does the series attempt to thoroughly explain the cause of the reanimation of the dead).

Oct. 31, 2010

This is a date no fan of The Walking Dead should ever forget. Halloween 2010 was when The Walking Dead staggered onto our screens and into our hearts. It seems so long ago now…

The bicycle walker

AMC created a series of webisodes about the unfortunate events surrounding on particular walker from season 1, episode one. You can still watch these online, too, if you’re a U.S. viewer!

SWAT

The Walking Dead caused quite the stir when Michael Rooker (a.k.a. Merle Dixon) was mistaken for a sniper and a SWAT team was called in to save the day. No one was arrested, but as you can imagine it was pretty tense!

Fish tanks and heads

There were 24 heads the Governor kept in fish tanks, and each one was yellowed using coffee, tea and dye. Grim.

Human vs. walker deaths

Up until the midseason premiere, of the 17 onscreen human deaths, 14 fatalities were caused by another human, and only three were down to walkers. I guess in the world of The Walking Dead perhaps it’s not a case of the enemies you do know, but the enemies you don’t.

 

What do you think of these facts? Anything particularly surprising?

Tune in to “Home,” 3×10 of The Walking Dead, this Sunday Feb. 17 on AMC.

Starz has decided that their original programming can compete with the other hot shows airing on Sunday nights.

Network CEO Chris Albrecht has told THR that they are planning on moving all of their original shows including Outlander, Ash Vs Evil Dead, and Black Sails — which currently air on Saturdays — to Sundays. The move will begin July 17 with the Starz series Power. Outlander will likely not move to Sundays until next season.

“Sundays are a prestige night and we feel our shows are definitely going to be very competitive, not just in viewership but in the attention-getting business on Sundays,” Albrecht said to THR, “So it made sense to move.”

Outlander and Starz’s other original series will be going up against tough competition, including AMC’s The Walking Dead and HBO’s Game of Thrones. Albrecht says part of the reason he wanted to move the shows was to make sure they were part of the watercooler talk on Monday mornings.

THR notes that Showtime’s original series typically get DVR’d, “growing 214 percent [in viewership] during the course of a week.” This would suggest that a lot of people aren’t sitting in front of a TV on Saturdays and want to watch the shows on a different day of the week. So, moving their programming to Sundays may not impact overall viewership numbers much.

Starz recently overtook Showtime as the second-most subscribed to cable channel. HBO still sits at number one, though all three are facing tough competition from Netflix.

Disney has set its sights on another live-action retelling of an animated classic: The Little Mermaid.

Deadline reports that the studio “recently heard a new take and are currently evaluating whether to proceed with the idea,” and “discussions have also taken place with some major producers, including some with a strong connection to the studio.”

That’s all we know for now. A “new take” makes it sound like they could be contemplating an alternate story than the one we saw in the 1989 animated classic, but I’d personally prefer a direct adaptation. I want to see live-action Ariel sing some of the Disney classics! Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book has spoiled me.

Like Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid is one of Disney’s most beloved animated movies, so expectations for a live-action adaptation will immediately be set very high. With their recent adaptation of The Jungle Book hitting theaters to very positive reviews and the first trailer for their live-action Beauty and the Beast being very well received, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Disney start to look at other potential animated properties for source material. (But you would’ve expected to hear about a live-action Lion King before Little Mermaid after The Jungle Book’s success, wouldn’t you?)

The Little Mermaid is the latest in a long line of animated-to-live action projects in the works at Disney. Others include an Aladdin spinoff looking at the Genie’s origins, The Jungle Cruise starring Dwayne Johnson, Dumbo with director Tim Burton, Mary Poppins with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt, and Tinker Bell with Reese Witherspoon. And then there are sequels to the adaptations like Maleficent 2 and The Jungle Book 2.

Be sure to cross The Little Mermaid off your animated-to-live-action bingo card.

Do you think Disney can pull off a live-action ‘Little Mermaid’?

With Donald Trump’s presidency looking less and less like a joke, these high-profile authors and writers believe the time for silence is over.

Over 400 authors have signed a petition to keep Donald Trump out of the White House.

The petition, titled “An open letter to the American people,” was written by Andrew Altschul and Mark Slouka. It unequivocally states that Trump must not become President of the United States, and explains why writers in particular are worried about the power of his empty words and fear-mongering rhetoric.

Signed by the likes of Stephen King, Junot Diaz, Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), Cheryl Strayed, Colm Tóibín and Jennifer Egan, the open letter lays out reasons for openly opposing Trump’s candidacy, which they believe “appeals to the basest and most violent elements in society.”

The letter states:

“Because, as writers, we are particularly aware of the many ways that language can be abused in the name of power;

Because we believe that any democracy worthy of the name rests on pluralism, welcomes principled disagreement, and achieves consensus through reasoned debate;

Because American history, despite periods of nativism and bigotry, has from the first been a grand experiment in bringing people of different backgrounds together, not pitting them against one another;

Because the history of dictatorship is the history of manipulation and division, demagoguery and lies;

Because the search for justice is predicated on a respect for the truth;

Because we believe that knowledge, experience, flexibility, and historical awareness are indispensable in a leader;

Because neither wealth nor celebrity qualifies anyone to speak for the United States, to lead its military, to maintain its alliances, or to represent its people;

Because the rise of a political candidate who deliberately appeals to the basest and most violent elements in society, who encourages aggression among his followers, shouts down opponents, intimidates dissenters, and denigrates women and minorities, demands, from each of us, an immediate and forceful response;

For all these reasons, we, the undersigned, as a matter of conscience, oppose, unequivocally, the candidacy of Donald J. Trump for the Presidency of the United States.”

While there are plenty of arguments for why Trump should not receive as much media coverage as he gets, we have to acknowledge the seriousness of the situation when some of the country’s most respected artists take such a powerful stance as this.

The petition has been signed by over 7,000 people so far, and you can add your name to the list right here.

You can find out more about the group of writers who oppose Trump on Twitter, at @WritersOnTrump.