Originally Posted by siberian khatru
Here's another thing my son and I were discussing: Why call them "walkers" and not zombies?
Why make up a name for something everyone already knows about? I mean, I assume this doesn't take place in an alternate reality where the concept of zombies has never arisen ... there's never been any zombie movies or whatnot.
If this shit went down today, we'd all be running around screaming "ZOMBIES! ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE!!!!!!", no? Maybe we'd shorten it to Z's or Zeds or something. But why invent a descriptor?
Although the above information is good for the show, that's not the reason really.
In the graphic novel, they are all zombies. But there are some that are walking / roaming around, and some that just lay there until you get close to them. The ones that are walking around are called "Walkers" or "Roamers".