As we all know, The Walking Dead is a zombie massacre-athon in which the undead are dispatched with in almost genocidal numbers. Individual zombies might have managed to grab our attention in the first season, but by season three we're so used to seeing these shambling cadavers that they barely warrant anything more than whimsical raise of the eyebrows.
Of course, there are still exceptions to this rule. Take for example Josh Marich's zombified performance in the penultimate episode of season three. Newcomers to the genre may not have seen it, but experienced zombie survivalists couldn't help but notice the appearance of an iconic walker from zombie history: the 'airport zombie' from George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead (AKA The Poster Zombie)
ComicBook.com caught up with Marich to see what it was like to create this iconic role. Firstly, it seems you have to work your way up the zombie career ladder before you can get some major screen time. Marich explained:
My first "Hero Walker" was the DotD zombie. My other zombie roles are hardly worth mentioning! My first zombie role did not even make the episode. Apparently Hines Ward was a better bald zombie than me! My second zombie role was only on screen for a split second shuffling along the fence outside the Prison.
It also seemed the crew spared no expense in achieving the right look:
If I remember correctly, [makeup] took around 3 hours. The amazing thing about this zombie is the makeup artist had reference pictures on his phone and lots of different prosthetic pieces. He started mixing and matching bits and pieces and basically sculpted this zombie on my face. I think he did an amazing job.
When you are a zombie, there are different levels of detail that correspond with how close you will be to the camera. My previous zombie's makeup took about 45 minutes and mainly consisted of airbrushing. The DotD zombie had airbrushing, prosthetics on my face and chest, as well as one of my eyes being glued shut under the prosthetic for comfort. I also had to wear a full contact on set over my good eye. I truly felt like a zombie with lots of trauma to his head and body. I think it made it easier to get into character!
Did you spot the 'airport zombie' in The Walking Dead, or did he shuffle by you? Let me know below.