'Mythbusters' Send Some Zombie Myths 'Walking'
Anybody can test a myth, but it takes real pros to test fictional myths.
In the second crossover of the season (they tested "Breaking Bad" several episodes back), "The Walking Dead's" Michael Rooker (Merle Dixon) and Greg Nicotero (special effects guy and director of some of "Dead's" most terrifying episodes) offered their expertise regarding zombies.
Michael Rooker on Mythbusters
The myths being tested:
1: Which is a more effective weapon: the axe or the gun?
2: Can you outrun a zombie horde?
3: Can a horde be held back by a reinforced door?
To test the first myth, Adam and Jamie created a human/zombie zone with 100 zombies (personally coached by Rooker — "You're not cookie cutter zombies; develop your own deal," says the Stanislavski of the undead acting world) advance and the humans aren't allowed to attack until they cross the orange line.
Aerial view of the Mythbusters human/zombie zone
And although Adam, with his huge foam axe (these aren't actual zombies, after all), only takes out 14 zombies before he's eaten that easily outstrips Jamie's measly seven. Even when he's entire body is strapped with guns: "Two on the legs, two on the waist, two on the shoulders, one on the hand."
Adam tests the axe on zombies
Jamie and his guns
The myth of axe vs. gun is confirmed!