With The Walking Dead: The Complete Sixth Season available now on Blu-ray and DVD there’s no better person to quiz about surviving a zombie apocalypse than head of the Zombie Research Society, author of Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Zombies and cast member of AMC’s Talking Dead, Matt Mogk. So DIY sat down for an informative chat about who the characters of The Walking Dead should avoid and just why the zombie genre is still so enduring.
We join the survivors in the walled off town of Alexandria. Would somewhere like that be a good place to stave off a zombie invasion?
Yeah. The real advantage that they have in general is that it’s not well known. The key to the community or any community during a zombie apocalypse situation is to not be interfered with a lot by zombies or other people.
Is the biggest threat to surviving this kind of outbreak other humans?
Absolutely. I really believe that. If we think about a zombie plague as a real occurrence, if it was actually happening right now, there’s a lot we don’t know about zombies, there’s a lot we wouldn’t know about a coming zombie plague but one thing we can all agree on is that humans are smart, humans are fast, humans need constant sources of affordable water and food and of survival gear. If you don’t have that very quickly you become desperate: “If I don’t have these materials my only two choices are to die or to take from someone else” in a zombie plague situation. So I definitely agree that other hostile humans in many ways are a lot more dangerous than zombies.
In the UK we have less experience with guns. Is America a place where people are better prepared for such an occurrence?
Firstly, I would say firearms are not necessarily the best weapon, especially if you’re in a city or a location where other people would be within earshot. With a firearm every other zombie or hostile human within earshot is likely gonna head towards that. So start shooting a shotgun off on your roof killing zombies you might as well be standing up there with a bell just letting people know where you are. Also firearms run out of ammunition and then it’s just a stick and not a very good stick at that.
What do you think would be the most like cause?
I do think that the most likely cause would be clearly biologically based. There are new diseases being discovered all the time
Why do you think the genre is so enduring?
For me I’ve always been obsessed with zombies, they’ve always freaked me out. Zombies are kind of gross and dirty and they don’t have any special powers, they can’t do anything greater than their limited body allows them to do. I think that we know more about micro biology and disease and infection than we ever have. You may ask someone on the street some kind of question about politics: “Who’s the President of France?” and they may not be able to tell you but you ask anybody about how you get the flu and we’re very up on biological infections and zombies really fall into that fear, more so than any other monster they’re are synonymous with the end of the world. 1 zombie equals 10 zombies equals a million zombies. What we’re worried about in a contemporary global society it really falls in that wheelhouse the notion of extreme natural disasters, man made disaster, war, political strife, large scale acts of terror. All of that stuff really falls in line with the zombie threat.
Zombies could not want to eat you more than the Prime Minister or Miss America. Doesn’t matter if you’re a jerk or you work in the mail room, if you’re a nice person, zombies want you in their club.
The Walking Dead: The Complete Sixth Season is available on Blu-ray™ and DVD now, courtesy of Entertainment One.