15 Things You Didn’t Know About The Walking Dead

9. CAROL WAS SUPPOSED TO DIE INSTEAD OF T-DOG

In another instance of an unintended character death swap, T-Dog was never meant to die — at least not as early as he did. During the Season 3 walker takeover of the prison, it was Carol who was supposed to meet the horrible fate that T-Dog suffered. The switch had nothing to with creative differences and everything to with behind-the-scenes drama. Namely, no one could stand T-Dog.

The show’s producers were growing annoyed with actor IronE Singleton, who routinely showed up late for shooting and had an increasingly negative attitude as the seasons progressed. Though the script called for the then-milquetoast Carol to get eaten alive during the attack, it was ultimately decided that T-Dog needed the ax. So when the time came, it was decreed he would sacrifice himself to save her, paving the way for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of Melissa McBride developing Carol into a middle-aged, female Rambo.

8. THE SHOW IS SHOT ON 16MM FILM

This one’s for all the film nerds out there. In this technical age of iPhones, HD DSLRs and RED cameras, it’s often assumed that everything that hits the big screen or our TV sets is filmed digitally. After all, it’s cleaner, crisper and more colorful, not to mention a hell of a lot cheaper. So why wouldn’t everyone want to go this route? Because zombies look cooler on film.

 Although they tested everything from HD to 35mm, the showrunners opted to shoot The Walking Dead on Kodak’s Super 16mm, and they’ve continued to do so to this day. It was revealed these behind-the-scenes decisions were made due to the smaller gauge and grainy look perfectly matching the tone of the series. Not to mention the lack of control and smaller size of the cameras allowed for a more creative, gorilla style of filmmaking that lends itself well to the unpredictability and up close feel of the show. And as an added bonus, all that zombie makeup appears a whole lot more disgusting when its not crystal clear.

7. RICK ALWAYS CARRIES AROUND THE BULLET THAT KILLED LORI

The moment when Lori realizes she’s going to die giving birth to baby Judith and asks Carl to kill her is one of the most heartbreaking moments from the series. When Rick finally sees Carl and realizes his wife is gone, he understandably goes on a rampage through the prison and starts talking to dead people on the phone. But right before all that craziness, Rick visits the spot of her death, where he finds the bullet that Carl shot his mother with and places it in his pocket.

 Executive producer Greg Nicotero has mentioned that Andrew Lincoln always carries this bullet while playing Rick. This may be to help the actor get all method-y and stay in focus with his character, or perhaps the bullet will pop-up again in a future episode, who knows? Regardless, it’s evidence that Rick carries around his grief over Lori’s death everywhere he goes. And despite having recently shacked up with Michonne, he never forgets what he’s lost.

6. NEGAN WAS INSPIRED BY HENRY ROLLINS

As any reader of the comics know, and viewers of the show will surely find out soon, Negan is a lot of things, most notably a foul-mouthed, baseball bat-wielding psychopath. So how do you come up with a ruthlessly vile yet disarmingly charming character like that? By finding someone just as likably wild to base him on. Which is exactly what Robert Kirkman and comic artist Charlie Adlard did.

While there’s no disputing Jeffrey Dean Morgan has owned the character, originally, many wanted the part to go the man that inspired him in the first place: punk rocker-turned-actor Henry Rollins. Though we think things turned out just fine, we’ll take every splinter of Negan’s backstory we can get. And we’re not the only ones who find ourselves liking Negan way too much. Kirkman originally intended to kill off the leader of the Saviors shortly after he was introduced in the comics, but he ended up falling in love with the character and making him the central antagonist of the series instead. Which means there’s going to be a whole lot of Lucille in our future.

5. YOU CAN BUY DARYL’S CROSSBOW AT WALMART

Messy wig that annoyingly covers your eyes? Check. Winged leather jacket inspired by the movie Castaway? Check. Constant skeptical stare and seven years worth of surprisingly short chin hair? Double check. Now all that’s left is to top off that perfect Daryl Dixon Halloween costume with a real deal Horton Scout HD 125 crossbow. Yep, that’s right. For just over 300 bucks, you can buy the very weapon everyone’s favorite redneck uses to shoot zombies in the head at Walmart. Walkers not included.

Now we can’t guarantee you’ll be as cool as Norman Reedus — or that you won’t shoot yourself in the foot — but it’s not everyday you get to own the same iconic weapon as a beloved fictional character. Just ask all those wannabe Jedis. So the next time you’re rummaging through the $5 movie bin at Walmart, why not also pick up something that just might come in handy the next time your neighbor is getting their brains eaten.

4. THOMAS JANE ALMOST PLAYED RICK

There’s a lot of things you might not know about Andrew Lincoln. For one, his grizzly Southern accent is fake (Lincoln is from the UK). For another, his real name might beat out Benedict Cumberbatch’s for the most British sounding name ever (it’s Andrew Clutterbuck). And yet, these days, it’s impossible to imagine anyone else as Rick Grimes. But would we be saying the same thing of Thomas Jane if he had gotten the part as originally intended?

 Originally, the show’s creator, Frank Darabont, had planned on casting Jane in the role, who he’d worked with on The Mist. This would have rounded out the additions of Laurie Holden (Andrea), Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale) and Melissa McBride (Carol) to the cast, all of whom also appeared in that film. Eventually, Clutterbuck strolled in and blew everyone away his with his British awesomeness, but for a time, Rick Grimes was going to played by a former Punisher. Some fans believe this was referenced early on in Season 1, right after Rick kills his first walker and the blood splatter on his shirt stains in the shape of a skull.

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