Nights of the Living Dead: Comparing TV's Zombies

Rob Moynihan
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The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead just wrapped its fifth season, and iZombie and The Returned just started, so TV's zombies show no signs of slowing down. Here's a bite-size comparison.

The Walking Dead (AMC)

What do they look like?

Sunken eyes, gaunt faces, desiccated flesh, and rotten teeth provide a traditional zombie appearance.

What do they eat?

Arms, legs, faces, internal organs–no part of the body, human or animal, is off limits for the walkers.

Can they talk?

Grunts and groans turn into excited shrieks when a horde closes in on fresh prey.

How fast are they?

Slow to swift, depending on the level of decay.

iZombie
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iZombie (The CW)

What do they look like?

Goth chic. Newly turned Liv (Rose McIver) has pale skin, heavy eyeliner, and platinum blonde hair.

What do they eat?

Just brains. Liv likes to mix her gray matter with ramen noodles topped with hot sauce.

Can they talk?

She becomes a master of languages, depending on whose brain she has just consumed.

How fast are they?

Very–she even gains superstrength when provoked.

The Returned
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The Returned (A&E)

What do they look like?

The previously deceased residents of Caldwell, Washington, look the same as they did before they checked out.

What do they eat?

Comfort food, like cheeseburgers and quesadillas, sate their nonstop hunger.

Can they talk?

Yes, but they tend to be quiet types, especially young Victor (Dylan Kingwell).

How fast are they?

Moderately quick, though they move through their new lives with unease.

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