15 Things You Didn’t Know About The Walking Dead

3. THE SOURCE OF THE OUTBREAK WILL NEVER BE REVEALED

For all those who like definitive answers and hated Lost, you’ll probably come away unsatisfied when The Walking Dead finally eats its last victim. Though Robert Kirkman has dispelled any theories that the series is a dream, during a panel for this year’s New York Comic Con, he outright stated, “I’ll never reveal what the source of the outbreak is in the comic.”

 None of that means that the show will follow suit, of course, as we’ve seen the series deviate from its source material on a number of occasions; not to mention the fact that Kirkman has said that the two will end differently. They’ve already delved into some of the background when the group met Dr. Edwin Jenner at the CDC and it was revealed that the entire planet is already infected. (Though Kirkman has admitted that he wished they had never shared that secret and regrets the entire final episode of Season 1). Given that nothing close to a true explanation for the outbreak has been suggested since — Eugene’s wild goose chase from Season 4 notwithstanding — the show will most likely follow the comics and never tell audiences what brought about the end of the world. Because The Walking Dead isn’t really about knowing why flesh-eating zombies exist, it’s about seeing Rick bite people’s necks off.

2. CARL’S STUNT DOUBLE IS A 31-YEAR-OLD WOMAN

Ever thought Carl acts like a girl? Well, you’re sort of right, because sometimes he is a girl. It’s no surprise that the cast of The Walking Dead uses stunt doubles, with all their falling off bridges in cars and running with sharp objects. And 17-year-old actor Chandler Riggs is no exception.

Which is why if you’ve ever watched the show and could swear Carl looks exactly like a girl, you just might be looking at his stunt double, who’s a woman in her thirties named Emily Brobst. Of course, Carl hasn’t always been the size of a tiny grown woman, which is why prior to Season 4, Savana Jade Wehunt filled the role, who was in her early twenties at the time and also played the The Governor’s zombie 11-year-old daughter. But Kudos to Brobst for looking so fantastic for her age that she can easily pass off as a teenager, despite having been born during the Reagan administration.

1. THE REAL HERO OF THE SHOW IS A ONE-EYED DOG

The Walking Dead is filled to the brim with memorable characters, ranging the entire gamut from evil to gallant. None, however, are as heroic as Dooley, the one-eyed dog. Fans of the show (and dogs) might remember the thirteenth episode of Season 4, when Daryl sets up some noise traps around an abandoned funeral home to safeguard him and Beth, only to have a mangy canine set them off. With his one good eye and long scraggily hair, Dooley fits the look of an apocalypse survivor to a tee.

In real life, Dooley lost his eye while saving his owner from a violent carjacker. While the actors on The Walking Dead might pretend to help one another from flying bullets and wayward wooden bats, Dooley here is actually saving the world one owner at a time, and he has the scars to prove it. Now that’s who we’d want on our side during the next zombie apocalypse.

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