ByDouglas J. Fender, writer at Creators.co
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Douglas J. Fender

Zombies, walkers, roamers, biters, rotters — whatever you want to call them, these undead humans are the end of the world as we once knew it. Thankfully though, not all humans have accepted that walkers are vicious monsters that need to be immediately put down — some of them have actually found alternative ways to use these bite-y little fiends to their advantage. Let us look at 10 ways that walkers can be used by the living, as proven in #AMC's #TheWalkingDead.

1. Wear Them

'The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]
'The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]

Likely the most popular of the list. If you need to get through a group of walkers, simply snatch one aside and cut it up into pieces, smearing whatever remains are left over across your body and face to ensure a safe journey. This technique seems to have worked so well on the show (initially) that you often question why they do not do it more often. But then you remember that both times they used this technique it rained, or they were unable to blend in with the walkers successfully, resulting in women and children getting eaten, but that is a technicality — it works just fine.

2. Use Their Skull As A Weapon

'The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]
'The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]

Oh Daryl, a character loved by so many (even though he wasn't even in the comic books) led viewers to suffer heart palpitations whenever he faced death with its cold, zombified eyes. One of said dangers involved a fight with Officer Licari, whom had Daryl pinned down. Sure that he had to take a long shot, Daryl proceeded to stick his hand in a resting walker's mouth, which made us all fear the worst. Not to worry though, this is Daryl, and the showrunners are hardly going to give him a farewell against such an insignificant character. He proceeds to stick his fingers inside the walker's decaying, crusty dome, pull it off and beat Officer Licari across the head with it, much to the delight (and relief) of the fans.

3. Use Them As Human Shields

'The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]
'The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]

Don’t you just hate it when your safe haven prison gets attacked? If it's not the herd of walkers waiting to breach the gates that bothers you, then you can sure as hell bet that the humans firing machine guns at you will. After a cutaway that left us screaming at the TV worrying that he had met his end, Daryl had an idea. He resurfaces with a dead walker (does that even make sense?), using it as a bullet sponge. How the walkers are able to prevent the bullets from hitting you we will never know (even a weak blow seemed to cut into them). Maybe it was wearing a bulletproof vest in case such a situation came about? Either way, if you are strong enough to carry them, a walker can make a valuable piece of riot gear.

4. Keep Them As Pets

'The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]
'The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]

It has never been explained exactly how Michonne pulled this off, but if you take your blade and remove the arms and jaws of a walker then attach a leash to them, you are free to walk among them. Do they smell so bad that the rest of the walkers can’t tell the difference between you and their own rotting flesh at such a close distance? As great as that idea sounds, it does not make much sense; anybody who was walking among the walkers should be fine so long as they do not attract attention to themselves. Still makes for a cool visual though.

5. Play A Human Version Of 'Robot Wars'

'The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]
'The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]

Imagine Robot Wars. Now imagine replacing the robots on the sidelines with walkers, and the fighting robots with humans. You get the idea, and apparently so did The Governor and the rest of the Woodbury residents, who would frequently watch human beings beat each other to a pulp with motivation to stay in the fight grabbing at them on chains. To his credit, The Governor claimed they had their teeth removed and were no longer a threat — this was just entertainment. Part of me would be interested in watching this.

6. Just Play With Them

'The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]
'The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]

Don’t you just love kids? The little tykes are full of so much energy you almost can’t keep up. But no worries — all you need is an open space and one single walker and you can keep your kid entertained for as long as is necessary. Who can forget the unnerving opening scene of "The Grove," where Lizzie was spotted through a countryside window, giggling away as she just barely avoided the tumbling charges of our undead friend? Not recommended for the sane children of the group. Carol and Tyreese had to put it down, unfortunately, as playtime was over — a strict necessity seeing as the rotting corpses do have the energy to eventually outlast the child.

7. Use Them To Exact Your Revenge

'The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]
'The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]

Face it: walkers are the biggest threat. You ever have that annoying nephew who distracts you from everything you are trying to do? You forget about him for awhile, but just when it is most inconvenient, he pops up and ruins your plan. Multiply your nephew by the population of the planet and that is what a walker is. Your back must always be on alert. As displayed multiple times throughout the show, walkers can be used against your enemies, whether it is Andrea hiding behind a door and releasing them into a room with The Governor, or Merle leading a large group towards Woodbury while listening to Motorhead. Witnessing the horde from Season 6 being led in the direction of their choosing makes you wonder what could happen if they had decided to lead such a large number towards their enemy. I guess we will never know.

8. Use Them As Your Loyal Interrogators

'The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]
'The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]

Whether you believed the The Governor's explanation about using walkers for interrogation purposes or not, the idea of filling a pit with a group of hungry, flesh-deprived rotters in order to intimidate those you are trying to extract information from is a good idea. However, don’t take your eyes off of those closest to you, as this also seems like the perfect way to dispose of your competition within the group, as you can easily claim they fell inside while drunk. As an added bonus, wandering walkers near the area could fall inside while approaching your camp, adding to your threat while protecting you against a percentage of roamers.

9. Pretend That You Have Killed Somebody Else

'The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]
'The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]

Negan tells you that he wants somebody’s head, you damn sure better give Negan that head. Demanding proof of Gregory’s death, Rick had an idea. Simply take a walker that vaguely resembled him and beat it to a pulp so bad that you can pass it off as the wanted man. This sorcery apparently worked, as it only garnered a mocking “Little bitch broke my nose” remark from The Saviors.

10. Use Them As Target Practice

'The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]
'The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]

Probably the most common use for a walker is to make sure you can handle yourself when faced against a threat, be that a walker itself or a human. Take your gun, knife, hammer, or whatever blunt object you can get hold of and hone your zombie-slaughtering skills. It happens so often that as I write this, I am rolling my eyes at the thought that if a zombie apocalypse ever breaks out, eventually we would have a stupid, zombie-rights group created to prevent the unnecessary execution of walkers, kind of similar to Hershel in Season 2, only more militant and in greater numbers.

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Have you noticed that several of the walkers on the show resemble other characters from other films and TV?

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