Zombies are disgusting enough already, but The Walking Dead: World Beyond’s undead have a unique reason why they’re the worst yet.
The undead shambling around on AMC’s The Walking Dead are plenty disgusting on their own. But The Walking Dead: World Beyond showrunner Matt Negrete promises the new series will feature the most disgusting zombies of all — and why.
Negrete was asked by moderator Chris Hardwick in the show’s Comic-Con@Home virtual panel Friday what kind of unique stamp the series would put on its walkers — or “empties” as they’re to be called on the show. “It’s interesting, because we’re 10 years after everything fell apart,” Negrete said. “And with that is 10 years of decay.”
World Beyond chronologically takes place later than the franchise’s other two series, so that advanced level of decay is a natural progression of the undead’s physical state. But Negrete suffers from a phobia that makes the show’s empties even more unpleasant — especially to him.
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“I have this thing, I don’t know if you guys have heard of it — trypophobia,” Negrete admitted. “It’s a fear of holes in nature. There’s one empty that sort of takes from that. [My assistant Anna and I were driving in Richmond], and she showed me this sketch of what [an empty] was going to look like, and I almost dry heaved because it had holes in its cheek. And Anna has the same thing, so we’re driving down the road and we’re trading dry heaves.”
The recent trailer for the show features a glimpse of a walker whose head has become home to a wasp nest.
“It’s so disgusting and it’s a quick moment in the show, but it’s so great. So I think this sort maximizes ultimate disgust.”
Created by Scott Gimple, Robert Kirkman and Matt Negrete, The Walking Dead: World Beyond stars Aliyah Royale, Alexa Mansour, Annet Mahendru, Nicolas Cantu, Hal Cumpston and Nico Tortorella. The series debuts Oct. 4 at 10 p.m. ET on AMC.
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