If they weren’t already dead, I’m sure the slim jim would kill them.
There’s one advantage of being dead…
Yet tragically, lactose intolerance is still a thing. No ice cream for the living dead.
My theory has always been that Bacon doesn’t need picklebacks because he eats so much random stuff. Bacon is getting necessary nutrients which most zombies don’t get because they still try to eat like humans.
I really like this hypothesis, and it raises a question that I’ve been wondering since Bacon’s been reintroduced…
Why, exactly, have we all just assumed that “going feral” was a permanent change in this universe? I mean, zombies already don’t really work the same way in this universe that they do in most other stories with zombies. They have a period of higher brain function, they can apparently control severed limbs telepathically, they don’t really experience a “hunger” for brains specifically… We assume that “going feral” is permanent because we instinctively assume it’s a transition to the more familiar zombie state we’re used to seeing in other media, and perhaps also because we associate it with other forms of real-life dementia or brain damage that are, by and large, permanent changes to a person’s mental functions. However, we’ve been told in the past that the zombie plague in this universe has regenerative properties, which makes sense as it’s literally bringing the dead back to life. When applied correctly, it regrew James’ skin. so why, then, should a state of decayed brain function remain permanent, too?
Maybe “feral” zombies are just going through a temporary decline in their higher brain functions and eventually regain them after they’ve had enough time and exposure to certain nutrients (like you say) and we just didn’t know until now because, generally-speaking, they get a shotgun to the face or are thrown into isolation before we get a chance to find out?
I suppose it’s possible that the change is normally permanent and Bacon is just special or perhaps someone from TY (or maybe someone formerly from Mercy’s Kill given the location) is secretly helping him for some unknown reason… But now I’m legitimately wondering if it’s much simpler than that, Bacon isn’t special (at least not for this reason) and characters we previously assumed were lost causes (like Kate) only seemed that way because of our inherent assumptions about how zombies work and the fact that they’re often kept in isolation or killed once they turn feral.
It reminds me a lot of the whole thymus gland debacle from the early 20th century where faulty assumptions about the thymus gland led to doctors further falsely assuming it was causing SIDS, which in turn led them to irradiating the thymus glands of infants, which in turn gave many of them thyroid cancer, ultimately killing thousands of healthy human beings for no reason at all, all in the name of saving lives: http://www.radiolab.org/story/91671-how-to-cure-what-ails-you/
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