Living in a post-apocalyptic world, you need to be cautious with your resources. Hear that, Rick Grimes? The crew down in Alexandria has hardly had preservation in mind — they've been firing shells left, right and center — but you could argue that it's been sort of a necessity so far, what with the vicious zombie attacks and all.
However, it's a simple fact that their ammunition can't last forever, and according to the show's property master and weapons expert John Sanders, the team is going to have to get used to life without firearms. Sanders told Tech Insider:
"As the story continues, we’re going to see a lot more transfer to more melee weapons. Bullets are a finite instrument ... and we need to make sure that each character can only use so many and that they’re thinking about it."
Sanders revealed that the writers want to show The Walking Dead fans how the remaining people will keep on surviving as their supply of bullets dwindles. He continued:
"Bullets [will] start to become really valuable. And you certainly wouldn’t just spray bullets at something if you’re not hitting something. So, I expect we’ll probably move more and more away from the machine guns."
We've already seen some indications of this in earlier seasons, particularly the Season 3 episode, "Clear," in which Morgan protects himself using improvised spears, spikes and hidden pitfalls. As time passes in TWD world, the survivors are going to have to start using their initiative. Sanders concluded:
"You’ve got to start to regulate how many and when you use [guns]. You see the characters talk about needing to preserve ammo a number of times. So we start looking at the new weapons, which — you know we’ve seen the katana before, the stick from Morgan’s character and we constantly get into the knife thing."
It's highly likely that said new weapons will include the traps and spikes from the Sanctuary, designed to keep the walkers at bay without drawing attention to yourself with noisy firearms. From what we've seen so far, the traps are equal parts gruesome and awesome. When Morgan manages to attract a walker into one in "Clear," the zombie is fully impaled on the spike, serving as something of a protective measure from other humans.
That's not the only non-reliant-on-guns method we've seen over the seasons, either. A few tricks that Rick and the gang have used so far include: Wearing zombie guts to mask their scent and blend in with the rest of the walkers; smashing a walker's head in a car trunk; and biting a man's throat out for self-preservation. There's certainly no shortage of innovative ways to conserve ammunition. Watch Rick go all zombie on Joe in the clip below:
In the comics, Eugene is able to figure out a way to manufacture new bullets, a skill that would certainly come in handy with a war on the way. The team is going to have to save as many shots as it can if it wants to stand a chance against Negan's well-equipped Saviors, and the show has been hinting at an impending battle all season.
Do you think the survivors can survive without guns?
Source: Tech Insider