So I may have found an explanation for SOME of the highway
Posted 03 November 2011 - 12:20 AM
Now to give you an idea. Heat beating down on a car at 80 degrees while turn the car into a 123 degrees within an hour. Now this is clearly summer time in Georgia and it isn't 80 degrees and all the humidity. Remember why they say a fever is bad? At a certain temperature damage can be done to the brain?
So the formula is let's say far to say 90-100 degrees beating on cars for hours plus the oven factor. Some of those turned could have simply had their brains literally fried by the heat.
Now that doesn't explain the ones where the windows were down, etc. but there's always potential for that heating effect to still occur and we must also leave the possibility of other survivors coming on this wreckage and scouring as well.
Not to say that this is what they intended, and I mostly think they just sort bypassed it, but here's a plausible explanation for some of what occurred on that highway.
Posted 03 November 2011 - 12:50 AM
In World War Z, Max Brooks writes of thousands of zombies trapped in cars by seat belts, etc, but I don't recall any mention of accelerated deterioration.
If you have read WWZ you know that the Brooks zombie is a durable sob. They are oblivious to deep water pressure and they are so toxic most bacteria can't survive on their body. This slows down deterioration and allows them to last over 5 years under certain conditions.
I don't believe he explained away your heat theory.
Posted 03 November 2011 - 01:20 AM
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 03:25 AM
That said, again I'm just trying to theorize about why it happened and in a way get around the bad story telling they did have. But seriously, brain trauma from heat, especially southern summer heat, makes sense.
Posted 03 November 2011 - 04:54 AM
Posted 03 November 2011 - 06:22 AM
The corpse that Carl found the arsenal of cutting weaponry didn't seem to be a bitten person, but he didn't have his window down. He might have died in his truck as is.
Remember that one part where T-Dog was searching in the cars for meds and whatever and saw that bloody car seat in the rear... obviously some terrible stuff happened on that highway.
A sad tale in-of-by-itself.
Posted 03 November 2011 - 11:55 AM
Posted 03 November 2011 - 02:52 PM
Kirkman said there were lots of ways to get brain trauma in the Zapocalypse.
Posted 03 November 2011 - 04:25 PM
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 08:18 PM
We're not the best drivers down here in Ga, ya know?
Posted 03 November 2011 - 08:41 PM
We're not the best drivers down here in Ga, ya know?
Imagine if there had been a dusting of snow!!!
Posted 03 November 2011 - 09:50 PM
Posted 04 November 2011 - 05:13 AM
1. There is still fuel in some of the vehicles.
ie. T-dog used a gas tank to siphon fuel.
This suggests, that some people did not run out of gas, using the a/c in the heat.
2. unlocked and open car doors.
ie. Lory entered the cards easily for supplies
Most people, would secure a car and possessions. If there was chaos, the would not have enough time.
So, yes, I think the zeds attacked from behind and front. People fled. Most likely, into the woods. Zeds followed and ate them.
Some survivalists, like the two campers, visited the highway and scavenged. Due to the excessive trash...too much trash for a typical traffic jam. Eventually, they were “picked off” thats why the horde roams the area looking for remaining stragglers.
In the end, I hope the writers, allow a few victims to escape to safety.
Posted 06 November 2011 - 04:15 PM
Large groups of zombies passed through, causing confusion and chaos, and possibly the reason for the accidents and traffic jam up ahead or reason for a military barricade. People already out of their cars were bitten, escaped back into their cars or died/killed outside, some people panicked and vacated their cars to run, resulting in some empty cars.
The remaining people remained in their cars, terrified, while zombies pawed at their windows trying to get in. Many of these people probably stayed in their cars waiting for the chance to make a run for it, eventually committing suicide out of despair or dying from heatstroke and/or dehydration. I can barely imagine the horror of being stuck in a hot car, with zombies outside pawing at the windows trying to get in to you.
It also could be that many cars were smashed because people tried to force their way out when the zombies appeared. Larger trucks may have overturned cars trying to push their way through the traffic jam. I imagine it would have been like bumper-car mayhem.
And I agree with the original thread starter, that any zombies in the cars could have perished in the heat unable to get out. It can get up to 160 degrees F (71 degrees C) in a car on a hot day. Most zombies don't use handles or latches, it makes sense that they would not have been able to get out of the cars after turning.
However in season one of TWD there was a zombie who attempted to open the front door to her old house every night out of habit, so I suppose it's possible that they should be able to open car doors, however while in a "hunger frenzy" they probably wouldn't.
Posted 06 November 2011 - 04:46 PM
Or perhaps they are infected somehow and heat stroke. Just don't remember all the windows being rolled up.
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