‘Walking Dead” Changes for Season 9 Include Different Look For “Walkers”

Walkers - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

When the Walking Dead resumes for Season 9 this month on AMC, there are more changes going on than just prominent cast members departing (Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan). As has been previously reported, they will be making a major jump forward in time, which will bring it to a period where all of the communities are getting along (for the time being). In addition, the physical appearance of the show’s walkers are also getting a upgrade…or down grade if you remember they are zombies. In an interview with EW, Walking Dead executive producer, director, and effects supervisor Greg Nicotero explained that by making the show leap forward in time, it allowed to make some definitive updates to the undead walkers which will make them even more disturbing than ever before.

There are so many,” Nicotero replied when asked about new walkers. Because of the time jump we’ve been able to really play up a much more decomposed and decrepit look. Our mid-ground makeup, and our background makeup, all of our stuff has been elevated. It feels much more like an Italian horror movie. I think there’s more of a Lucio Fulci zombie flair to what we’ve been doing this season, just because of the fact that we really wanted to elevate the level of decomposition. Every walker that I shot in the first episode, they get close ups. It was important to me to make sure that the audience knows that the walkers are still very, very much a device to show how far the world has decomposed.”

Speaking like someone who has a new clay to make models with, Nicotero  spoke specifically about the first Washington D.C. scene and what the audience will witness:

The first zombie that we see in D.C., we designed that because I wanted the whole jaw to be hanging off,” he explained. “And as it turns you can see through its face. And then the walker that they’re stringing up in front of the sanctuary we put a blue nose on it and we erased the nose, because I just really wanted the audience to look at these and go, “Holy shit, these walkers are more decayed than we’ve ever seen them.

The Walking Dead returns for its ninth season on Oct. 7, 2018 at 9 pm ET

Are you looking forward to the new season of the Walking Dead, even with the impending exits of Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan? Are you intrigued to see what the new walkers will look like going by Greg Nicotero’s descriptions? Share your Walking Dead thoughts with us at GVNation. The moment is almost upon us.