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.

After all that talk of inclusivity, Star Trek Beyond falls into the Hollywood trap of implied sexuality.

Mild spoilers for Star Trek Beyond.

Star Trek Beyond, already a wildly anticipated movie, made headlines ahead of its release because of the franchise’s decision to introduce the first openly LGBT character: Mr Sulu, played by John Cho.

While this decision was certainly met with excitement, there was disappointment, too. The original Mr Sulu, George Takei, openly voiced his opinion that they should have introduced a new LGBT character rather than expand on original canon (as they have been the whole trilogy), while Simon Pegg beautifully argued that there was power in using an established character who wouldn’t be defined by his sexuality.

Then came the movie itself, and while the introduction of gay Sulu is still a great thing, we’re left sorely disappointed by Beyond‘s decision to depict the LGBT relationship — or rather, hardly depict it at all.

As reported by our friends at The Mary Sue, the scene featuring Sulu and his husband Ben depicts a “lukewarm” relationship, although Sulu is very affectionate with the pair’s daughter.

This is, unfortunately, a common problem in Hollywood when an LGBT couple — almost impossibly — makes it into a big franchise film. They’re allowed to be there, but having any kind of physical interaction even remotely resembling what a heterosexual couple might have still seems to be off-limits.

Related: Hollywood is failing the LGBT community: GLAAD slams Disney, Paramount and Warner Bros.

And, according to John Cho, there was actually a kiss filmed. “There was a kiss that I think is not there anymore,” he told Collider. “It wasn’t like a make-out session. We’re at the airport with our daughter. It was a welcome-home kiss. I’m actually proud of that scene, because it was pretty tough.”

Cho points out that Ben was played by a non-actor, writer Doug Jung, and says, “Obviously, I just met the kid, and then Doug is not an actor. I just wanted that to look convincingly intimate. We’re two straight guys and had to get to a very loving, intimate place. It was hard to do on the fly. We had to open up. It came off well, in my view.”

And we wish we could have seen it. Introducing a major LGBT character in the Star Trek franchise is a fantastic first step, and depicting two POC actors raising a child together is a great statement — but, unfortunately, the decision to cut out their kiss (which was already chaste, by the sounds of it) is emblematic of Hollywood’s continuous phobia of depicting LGBT relationships and intimacy on the big screen.

As Screen Crush also points out, this exact same scenario played out in Independence Day: Resurgence, too. In Finding Dory, the lesbian couple are only implied, in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it sequence.

LGBT representation (when present at all) is always so subtle, evidently in fear of offending straight audiences while not totally erasing non-straight sexualities. And, sadly, even that is considered a big step forward — but maybe it’s time we start depicting humanity as it is, and not what society wished it was 100 years ago.

Here’s looking at you, Star Wars.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reviews from theater critics are glowing, so when the hell can Americans get a chance to see the play in New York?

With just days to go until The Cursed Child script book is released around the world, The New York Post’s theater reporter has spoken to sources who say the play will be coming to Broadway sooner rather than later. Producers are currently holding discussions to bring the play to NY as early as 2017.

They haven’t yet announced a Broadway engagement for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” but New York theater people say it’s only a matter of time. Word is that Friedman and Callender are in negotiations for a Shubert theater possibly for next season. They may hit Toronto first, however.

The idea of The Cursed Child hitting Broadway so soon (“next season” could mean around May 2017) will come as a relief to American Harry Potter fans who would rather not travel overseas to see “the eighth story” (though it’s a little more affordable to do so right now thanks to #Brexit). It also speaks to this important fact: It’s important to see The Cursed Child rather than reading it.

If the show does go to Toronto first as The New York Post suggests it might, a trip to Canada would also be easier for Americans. Sorry, people who don’t live in North America.

This writer saw the play in June and absolutely loved the characters and magic happening on stage. But the story is… not the best. I’m very eager to see what fans, myself included, think of the story after reading the script book this weekend.

For her part, Rowling has promised that fans around the world will get to see the play. Only time will tell if she’s hinting at a movie or a world tour:

If ‘Cursed Child’ comes to Broadway next year, will you try to see it ASAP?

The West End production currently has dates running into May 2017, but additional dates are expected to go on sale in early August.

Present day Han Solo may’ve left the main Star Wars series after the events of The Force Awakens, but the character’s time in movie theaters is far from over.

The new Han Solo film from Lucasfilm — scheduled to hit theaters in May 2018 — might turn into a trilogy for the reluctant hero, according to the New York Daily News.

The paper reports that star Alden Ehrenreich has signed a three-picture deal, suggesting that the studio intends to expand the Han Solo spinoff into a trilogy. “They feel that his character has the right potential to become a central figure in several movies,” a source told NY Daily News. “They’re keeping things under wraps at the moment, but the deal is that he has signed for at least three movies.”

This makes a lot of sense given the popularity of the character coupled with his absence in Episode 8 and beyond. We also know that Lucasfilm and Disney have many, many grand plans for Star Wars in the years ahead: The very first Star Wars theatrical spinoff, Rogue One, opens later this year. Episode 8 then hits theaters a year later (2017), followed by Han Solo’s own movie (2018). Next comes Episode 9 in 2019, followed by yet another spinoff reportedly focused on Boba Fett in 2020.

As for 2021 and beyond? Only time will tell, but we expect more movies set in the worlds of The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and now Han Solo.

The Han Solo spinoff will be directed by LEGO Movie helmers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. They’re currently deep into pre-production, as this tweet from Lord this morning shows:

“This is the first film we’ve worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with,” the directors said last July. “We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us. This is a dream come true for us. And not the kind of dream where you’re late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding, but the kind of dream where you get to make a film with some of the greatest characters ever, in a film franchise you’ve loved since before you can remember having dreams at all.”