I’m in the process of (finally) watching Season 4 of The Walking Dead, and pretty much all I think about when I watch it is how inaccurate it is.
Obviously, there are zombies, but that’s not what bothers me. It’s not even the dodgy decisions the characters make. Those I can both understand. No, what really bothers me is the wildlife. It is there. You can hear it and see it in every episode.
And yet it does nothing. If there was a zombie outbreak, and humans were as inept as they are in The Walking Dead, then surely the wildlife would take care of the zombie problem for them. Nature would deal with a zombie outbreak in a brutal and rapid manner, leaving the humans time to have a cup of tea and go to sleep safely.
Boingboing have an excellent article up about just such a thing, detailing the various North American animals that would decimate zombies without a second thought. These range from birds (vultures, crows, ravens, and eagles), to mammals (bears, wolves, mountain lions, jaguars, even moose, bison, elk, and mountain goats), to reptiles (crocodiles, alligators, turtles). Even if birds, mammals, and reptiles failed, then insects (decomposers) and microorganisms would utterly destroy zombies.
That is why The Walking Dead is inaccurate. The wildlife would kill all the zombies before they ever got near to humans. Unfortunately, humans are killing wildlife at an alarming rate, thereby reducing our natural defences against a zombie apocalypse before it’s even started. Ho hum.