Exclusive: Mythbusters Reveals Zombie Episode Air Date, Confirms Walking Dead Guests

Michonne, you got an extra katana or two for Jamie and Adam?

The MythBusters hosts might want to put some kind of undead-defense system in place, and quickly — because the Discovery Channel series’ zombie-themed episode will air Thursday, Oct. 17 at 10 pm ET/PT, TVLine has learned exclusively.

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Even better, the hour will feature appearances by The Walking Dead executive producer Greg Nicotero and former castmember Michael Rooker. (Scroll down to see an exclusive pic of Rooker — RIP Merle — and the guys, along with some walkers.)

Much like MythBustersBreaking Bad special, which tested the AMC series’ science and featured a visit from Aaron Paul and Vince Gilligan, the Oct. 17 installment will take on the kind of zombie-apocalyptic queries Rick’s gang often encounters. These include: “Are axes or guns more effective at dispatching the undead?” and “How do those shuffling corpses always seem to catch up to their living prey?”

Scroll down to scrutinize the photo, then hit the comments: What zombie-related question would you like Adam and Jamie to answer?

Mythbusters Zombie Episode The Walking Dead



Comments (40)

  • If they’re dead, why are they hungry? Is this braiiiinnnnzzz eating thing a compulsion or actually required for sustenance? Can you starve a zombie?

    Comment by Ahay – October 1, 2013 12:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, they can starve, it just takes more time for them

      Comment by Deadpool – October 2, 2013 04:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • In Return of the living dead the dead woman said it takes away the pain of death. Maybe the dead can’t produce endorphins? Maybe brains are like ecstasy for them?

      Comment by Eric – October 2, 2013 05:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well, most of the lore behind zombies these days is that a viral infection extends the life of one’s cells and shuts down all intelligence, slowly compromises one’s motor functions, and amplifies one’s basic primal urge to feed on living tissue, or cannibalize and grow until nothing is left.

      Comment by Zeronyx – October 14, 2013 10:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh Merle, how we miss you

    Comment by Cheeky – October 1, 2013 01:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Originally, zombies were lethargic, and easy to get around (Night of The Living Dead), but many newer Zombie flicks have made them move more like the living (fast and skilled) Example “World War Z”. Originally, they ate brains, BUT also ate flesh. Then only brains, then back to all flesh, even some have been seen eating animals. Can someone explain why they needed the living flesh rather than dead? Why do some make them slow and lethargic, and others make them seem almost super human? Why the lack of consistency? And lastly, is there ANY scientific basis to the zombie phenomena?

    Comment by Jim J. (@JimButCallMeJim) – October 1, 2013 01:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • There are desieses that can make you zombie-like. They found it with ants. They become canobalistic and cant think for themselves but theres no die then come back.

      Comment by Conner – October 1, 2013 03:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Hey, google ‘toxoplasmosis’ – you’ll be surprised.

      Comment by Andrew Sitaev – October 1, 2013 11:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Like some parasites. It uses a host to procreate. Eating a healthy animal, or in this case human, would alow for the parasite to spread.

      Comment by Whacko – October 2, 2013 08:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Excited to watch this episode. The Breaking Bad one was good.

    Comment by Joey – October 1, 2013 02:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is the whole ” I only need to make it till winter a possibility? Will the zombies in cold climates freeze, and ” die ” ?

    Comment by Paully – October 1, 2013 03:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What happens to the flesh/brains that are eaten? No digestive system that we know of, so is the “food” just pushed out of the first intestinal opening (hole in the stomach region or a full pass through the colon)?

    Comment by ed – October 1, 2013 03:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If the zombies are dead and they are/should br decomposing why havent their legs or ankles just pop im just going to break and stop working ( same with arms and sholders an knee and fingers)

    Comment by Meow – October 1, 2013 03:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 2 questions…

    1) Will zombies be able to swim or travel underwater without killing themselves off?

    2) What would a frozen temperature do to a zombie outside freezing the skin…if they thaw, do they come back to life?

    Comment by Joseph Morris – October 1, 2013 03:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Another site was trying to debunk the walking dead’s idea of using cars by saying that gas in a tank will only last for 6 months before it’s unsafe to use. Is this true, and the show is just using artistic license? and second, could a round with a target head on it (like daryl uses) actually penetrate a skull?

    Comment by Braedon – October 1, 2013 04:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • A target head on an arrow would have no trouble penetrating, the reason they don’t use them to hunt is because they only make a hole the same diameter as the head itself (>.5″) therefore lacking the killing power of a broadhead which usually have a 1.5-2″ cutting diameter.

      Comment by ZT – October 1, 2013 09:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How many Walkers would it take to topple a fence like the one at the Prison? And what kind of zombie “body armor” can they make out of common household items?

    Comment by Michael – October 1, 2013 04:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Zombies don’t seem to like fire or chainsaws, but what if the virus was blood-borne? Would a flamethrower or chainsaw actually be more deadly to you then to the zombie you’re attempting to kill?

    Comment by Bryan – October 1, 2013 05:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ok so, zombie talk. In the fight against zombies, I have never seen anyone wearing armor..only weapons. We need to address this! Why only weapons? Is it possible that you can make armor to protect yourself from zombies attacks? Is it better to wear armor plus weapons or is it better to only have weapons?
    WE NEED TO TEST THIS!!

    Comment by ben – October 1, 2013 05:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • follow the lead of sport combatants everywhere, ABS barrels 1/8″ ABS would be fantastic protection against zombies, i personally would combine the legs and arms of a German white harness with a roman lorica segmentada ( think typical roman centurian). or lacking rivets, fabricate and equivalent of some of the Japanese laced armours

      Comment by M.J.O. – October 2, 2013 01:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Plates laced togeather is called lammelar, It protects better than chainmail against bashing dammage. and if made correctly still alowes for mobility. Pardon my poor spelling, the spelling aid is bugged.

        Comment by Morten Sandø – October 2, 2013 01:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I to am interested to know what freezing temperatures would do to a horde of zombies. My survival plan for the zombie apocalypse involves relocating to Alaska, so this myth could make or break my plans. Also, if you encountered a zombie that no longer had it’s teeth could there bit still be fatal or have enough force to rip your flesh like a toothed zombie. If they cant I’m moving to Florida to live among the retired folks.

    Comment by Ryan Patterson – October 1, 2013 06:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 1) How come a skinny girl chop big bad zombies like cabbage? Flesh may be rotten but bones…
    2) In some episode of W.D. a girl after a short term shooting practice managed to hit a number of moving targets in a way Clint Eastwood would envy. Will a trained IPSC shooter be able to repeat her score?

    Comment by Andrew Sitaev – October 2, 2013 12:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 1. To defeat the zombies you need to make a cure, or a vaccine ? Right? but how would you do that? they are dead? what’s left to extract from them that would be usefull in research?
    2. In the need of zombie specimens for lab research. How would you go about trapping one and how do you keep it “fresh”?
    3. If a zombie outbreak actually happened, would the infrastructures really fail to the level that society fell to anarchy?
    4. If a zombie was “fresh”, could you cook it safely. Given that the situation would be THAT desperate.

    Comment by Morten Sandø – October 2, 2013 01:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OH oh!
    If a pregnant woman was infested, err bitten by a zombie. Say, just before birth. Would the baby become a zombie too?
    Can zombies make babies? I mean they are dead, but their lungs still work for making grunt noises, and they bite chew and swallow.

    Comment by gulskare – October 2, 2013 01:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It is said that if you get shot in the head you die, and that it is effective on zombies, but in this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNTCRBArJ38) it explains that you could survive a headshot as long as its not in an vital points of the brain. That being said, would it still be effective on Zombies even if it wasn’t a fatal blow? In other words would a headshot really kill a zombie

    Comment by TheLameName – October 2, 2013 03:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ve read in Max Brook’s “Zombie Survival Guide” and it says that the crow bar is the most efficient weapon. Can you put that to the test? Actually, can you put that whole book to the test? :>

    Comment by TinTin Kalaw – October 2, 2013 03:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Will zombies decompose if left for long enough? That will make earth zombie free if you leave them for a few months.

    Comment by Nikola – October 2, 2013 05:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes!!!! We can finally talk about this. I can’t wait to see this. You will see Dr Brassy and Professor Aether in all their Zombie gory.

    Comment by Dr Brassy Steamington – October 2, 2013 07:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If everyone is infected, why does the bite kill? Wouldn’t normal antibiotics work? The bite is not any more lethal than a heart attack.

    Comment by Coff Grounds – October 2, 2013 07:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why don’t zombies just eat each other? If they are so hungry all the time, why don’t they just turn on each other? It would help stop the zombie population.

    Comment by Miranda Kathrein – October 2, 2013 10:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Would a zombie left half submerged in water, like the one down the well, really bloat up?

    Comment by Sam – October 2, 2013 10:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If zombies are rotting, how would their jaw muscles retain enough force to rip through skin and flesh?

    Comment by Wayne Lavold – October 2, 2013 01:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can Zombies REALLY crack skulls in order to get to the brains?

    Comment by Yaddar – October 2, 2013 05:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Reblogged this on Zombie Apocalypse Monthly.

    Comment by zamonthly – October 2, 2013 06:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 3 things that wouldnt make this posible in real life.

    1. The dead dont have any blood flow, therfore they shouldnt be able to move since the mussles need blood and oxigen to work.

    2. They would be in a constant state of decay, and thereby get weaker as time passes.

    3. insects and other scavangers would cause massive damage to them.

    Comment by Jacob Kudahl – October 5, 2013 11:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • big guns or 22lr? whats best for zombies

    Comment by bandit – October 8, 2013 08:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I know there are many hours of video taken to make this special, a lot of funny out takes, and even a Zombie flash mob dance? I hope you are able to share some of this fun.

    Comment by kentkb – October 8, 2013 03:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So they say the best way to kill a Zombie it to take its head off, but if you started cutting off other limbs wouldn’t it still bleed to death?

    Comment by Kriss Erickson – October 9, 2013 07:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Forget the zombies…what about the living? Why don’t they ever head for the nearest armory, load up on weapons, tanks, etc, and have a blast? LIke the saying goes, “The hardest part about a zombie apocalypse will be to act like I’m not excited!”

    Comment by BetterDeadThan Zed – October 17, 2013 11:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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