In the News: Oh. My. Gawd.

InTheNewsWhat’s in the news this week? Well, your Commanders have been quite busy, so we’ll give you the rundown…

Orange Brigade Commander R.C. Murphy has been busy with a book release over HERE.

Yellow Brigade Commander Jinxie G has been crazy busy with homework, editing, and working on THIS.

Green Brigade Commander IronE has been all kinds of busy HERE.

Purple Brigade Commander LK (aka the Oracle) has been up to THIS.

Light Blue Brigade Commander Anthony Guajardo is doing all sorts of things HERE.

Blue Brigade Commander Norman Reedus has been kicking a$$ and killing zombies on THIS and working on THIS.

We’ve lost track of the Commander-in-Chief. Someone grab some duct tape and quickly find her!!!

And can we talk about The Walking Dead 310? Oh. My. Gawd. The review will be up later this week.


In the News: The Governor and Being Human

InTheNewsToday, we have The Walking Dead, Being Human, Warm Bodies, and World War Z for you, as well as natural disasters, databases to keep yourself updated and out of harm’s way, and a nationwide earthquake drill. Will you participate?

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It’s the rise of The Governor in the land of the undead (via ToNight)

TWD-The GovernorThe third installment of the Emmy award-winning zombie fest series, The Walking Dead, features an |array of exciting and intriguing new characters. Among them is seasoned British actor David Morrissey as The Governor. Debashine Thangevelo found out how he feels about depicting the villainous comic book character…

I DON’T think David Morrissey imagined he would bag the role of The Governor – an immensely popular character with fans of The Walking Dead comic books – when he visited his friend in Los Angeles.

But that is exactly what came to pass.

Thespian Rob Corddry Shares Acting Tips With the Undead in Warm Bodies (via Dread Central)


Having been a zombie for Romero, I can tell you first-hand that a lot goes into playing one of the undead. Oh, how I wish I would have had someone of the caliber of Warm Bodies‘ Rob Corddry to guide me through it all.

Starring Nicholas Hoult, Rob Corddry, Teresa Palmer, and John Malkovich, Warm Bodies follows an existentially tormented zombie named “R” (Hoult) who begins an unlikely friendship with the girlfriend of one of his victims (Palmer). It’s based on the book by Isaac Marion.

Disaster Central


Part 2: “Tornado Chaser” Reed Timmer’s Terrifying Hotel Tales (via Hotel

Earthquake drill planned Feb. 7 across Central United States

Volcano Database (via Emergency Management)

Unrestricted access to the details of deadly eruptions (via Terra Daily)

The Dead, the Undead, and WWZ

Being Human: Meaghan Rath Talks Being Undead, Roommate Romance, Craving Brains, and More! (via Dread Central)

“Nobody is safe” on Walking Dead (via RTE)

World War Z Fan-Made Posters Will Put You In An Undead Mood (via Cinema Blend)


A New Line for Special Forces commander Rooker

We’ve unveiled a lot of surprises here at Zombie Survival Crew moving into our third year and …we’re not done yet!


merle_knife_3colorZSC Command is very excited to unveil the new Rooker line of gear in honor of our Special Forces commander extraordinaire, the one and only Michael Rooker! There are several new t-shirt designs to choose from and if you’re ready to join the Rooker Army, there’s even a set of official ZSC dog tags!


All of the new gear is up for pre-order, with orders beginning to ship on March 1. You can find the Rooker line gear here:


And in case you missed our earlier reveals here’s a recap of what else is newly available on the site:


MerchPage8Check out the ZSC Reedus line. Inspired by the work of Blue Brigade commander Norman Reedus, a portion of sales of all Reedus line gear is going to development and disaster response charities (primarily Oxfam and Doctors Without Borders, unless there is an immediate disaster response need unfolding when we make our quarterly contributions).



IronEBookThumbCheck out Blindsided by the Walking Dead, Green Brigade Commander IronE Singleton’s autobiography. This harrowing tale of struggle and survival takes you from the street corners of one of Atlanta’s worst public housing projects to alleyways filled with zombies from The Walking Dead. IronE’s autobiography was co-written by our Commander-in-Chief Juliette Terzieff.


All of the new products and Zombie Survival Crew standards can be found here:

Blindsided by the Walking Dead

A few months ago, we were beyond giddy to find out Green Brigade commander IronE Singleton was working with ZSC Commander-in-Chief Juliette Terzieff to write his official autobiography.

After a long wait, we finally have news about the book…and the cover!



Available for pre-order now! (


On the streets of Atlanta, the fight to survive is a daily battle.

From the drug-infested corners of one of the city’s worst housing projects, to alleyways filled with ravenous zombies– Blindsided by the Walking Dead examines one man’s battle to overcome the violence, drugs, and crime of the ‘hood; starting with a young IronE Singleton determined to succeed despite an abusive mother, an absent father, and the temptations of instant gratification inherent with the thug life.

Football and Faith in God become IronE’s allies in his quest to escape and help him reach for the lights of the University of Georgia’s football field and theater stages.

After years of struggle–failed businesses, small roles, and an ill-fated trip to Los Angeles–IronE snags his major breakthrough role, playing the kind of drug-dealing, gun-toting thug he would have become on the streets, in The Blind Side.

When he is cast as T-Dog on AMC’s international mega-hit “The Walking Dead”, IronE examines through art what humanity is about and what it means to truly survive against all odds. Alongside cast mates Michael Rooker, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey DeMunn, and Andrew Lincoln, IronE fought, gagged, and sweat his way into the hearts and minds of millions around the world.

In The News – Mythbusters Zombies and an Armored Car

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InTheNewsUndead Zombies Are the 99% in Propaganda Posters for Undead Romance Warm Bodies (via Wired)

‘Mythbusters’ doing zombie episode (and want your help) (via Entertainment Weekly)

Man With Assault Weapons and Drugs Was ‘Preparing for Zombies’ (via WREG)

Zombies, the apocalypse, and catnip’s dark secrets: 12 Sundance shorts hit Youtube (via VentureBeat)

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Land Rover Armored Patrol Car Awaits The Zombie Apocalypse (via Motor Authority)

Be safe from zombies and the flu in the Chagrin Valley (via Plain Dealer)

Germ Warfare
UPDATE 1-Flu in U.S. still widespread, but starting to ease, CDC says (via Chicago Tribune)

Dine College, CDC Battle Hantavirus (via ABQ Journal)

Viruses That Make Zombies and Vaccines (via National Geographic)

Undead Tech
New ‘Black Ops 2’ Die Rise zombies map details revealed (Photos) (via Examiner)

The Zombies That Killed Apps and Created New Content (via Huffington Post UK)

Minecraft 1.5 Redstone Update: Snapshot 13w03a Previews Scaled Zombies, Stronger Skeletons, Dropper Blocks, Hopper Minecarts And More (via iDigitalTimes)

Commander Corner
Norman Reedus And The Walking Dead To Feature In Time Warner Cable’s Super Bowl Ad (via Comic Book Therapy)

Walking Dead, Starship Trooper stars bolster Calgary Expo ranks (via Calgary Herald)

Michael Rooker Online Needs YOUR Help! (via Michael Rooker Online)

In The News – Survival Instinct and Incurable Diseases

compiled by: RC Murphy

Top Stories:
Be afraid, be very afraid: The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct arrives March 26 (via Digital Trends)

Watch a Norwegian Short Film About Not Getting Laid After Zombie Apocalypse (via Wired)

Local filming begins for ‘Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies’ (via Parkersburg News)

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How to put together the winter survival kit that’s right for you (via Elko Daily Free Press)

SDSU Hosts Shooting Survival Training (via KPBS)

Prepare for emergencies the old fashioned way: With zombies! (via Ballard News Tribune)

A Survival Kit for the Urban Man (via CBS Local)

Germ Warfare:
CDC: Flu outbreak at epidemic levels (via WBTV)

“Incurable” gonorrhea hits North American shores (via CBS News)

CDC: Worst whooping cough year since 1955 (via WNCT)

Undead Tech:
Call of Duty: Black Ops II Nuketown Zombies map coming to PS3, PC next week (via Tech2)

“Zombies vs. Cheerleaders” Relaunching at 3 Finger Prints (via Comic Book Resources)

Dead Island: Riptide’s ‘Rigor Mortis’ edition has a case of zombies (via Joystiq)

Commander Corner:
Norman Reedus shares photos from ‘Walking Dead’ Superbowl ad (via Examiner)

Sean Patrick Flanery joins fellow ‘Boondock Saint ‘ Norman Reedus at Texas Frightmare Weekend (via Texas Frightmare Weekend)

IronE Singleton featured in ‘An Amish Murder’ with Neve Campbell (via Channel Guide Magazine)

‘Awkward’ scoop: Anthony Michael Hall joins cast as sadistic teacher (via Entertainment Weekly)

In The News – A Chat with IronE and Musical Zombies

compiled by: RC Murphy

Top Stories:

The Walking Dead: Q&A with IronE Singleton (T-Dog) (via Dread Central)

Yes, This Movie Exists: My Fair Zombie (via Reelz)

Flying cars: Not just for escaping zombies (via The Boston Globe)

Harvard, Tufts professors weigh in as ‘zombie apocalypse’ experts (via Boston Business Journal)


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Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse While Boxing Day Shopping (via Huffington Post Canada)

In case of zombie apocalypse: Don’t do these things (via She Knows)

Zombie Survival Course Teaches Doomsday Survival Skills (via MyFox Philadelphia)

How to make a winter survival kit for the car (via Sheboygan Press)

Germ Warfare:

CDC Provides New Update on Fungal Meningitis Outbreak of 2012 (via Yahoo! News)

Flu surge sweeps Virginia (via WTVR)

CDC issues travel notice for Madeira Island, offers recommendations to prevent dengue fever (via The Global Dispatch)

Undead Tech:

Slay Some Zombies On The Cheap This Christmas With PopCap’s App Sale (via AppAdvice)

Why We Should All Be Sick Of Video Game Zombies (via What Culture!)

Fighting Fantasy: Blood of the Zombies on sale for a limited time (via Droid Gamers)

The Digital Mayan Apocalypse Survival Kit (via GeekSugar)

Commander Corner:

‘Walking Dead’ Star Norman Reedus Teases ‘It Doesn’t Look Good For Daryl’ (via MTV News)

Natasha Henstridge, Sean Patrick Flanery, & Jennifer Gibson Star in COLD SPRING on LMN, 1/4 (via Broadway World)

Slasher film starring J. Larose and Bill Moseley filming in Sarasota (via Herald Tribune)

Don’t miss your chance to win a copy of the NEW ZSC anthology, Undead Uncensored and a ZSC t-shirt.

Also, we’ve got an end-of-the-year deal for our loyal brigadiers.

In The News: A New Virus and Zombie Scholarships

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Dead Inside

Review of The Walking Dead 304 “Killer Within”

by RC Murphy

Caution: There will be spoilers below. If you have not watched episode 304 of The Walking Dead, bookmark this page and go watch what you’ve missed!

Yes, we’re kicking things off this week with the dreaded spoiler warning. It was not my intention to do it this way. After watching this week’s episode twice and doing a good bit of thinking, there is only one conclusion to be reached—TWD writers hate the fans and want them to weep. A lot. It would not surprise any of your ZSC commanders to learn the producers and writers have stock in Kleenex. Just sayin’.

Let’s ease into things slowly and ask a couple questions many of you may have after the last two episodes—Why is Andrea being so quick to trust the Governor? Can’t she see the crazy in his eyes?

Andrea and Michonne have been alone for eight months. It is very easy to miss human contact outside of the one person you’re tied to in order to survive. However, it does not mean you throw common sense out the window. Listen to the voice in the back of your head, Andrea. It is easy to lose yourself in the fight to survive day to day. Dreams die when you’re forced to live like that. But for heaven’s sake, something is not right with this guy. Seriously so. Ask to see his man cave; you’ll totally rethink your idea of staying in Woodbury a few more days. Better yet, listen to the woman who kept you alive all winter. Michonne knows the Governor is up to nefarious deeds. Eventually she will confront him about it. I don’t know about you guys, but my money is on Michonne and her sword.

What about Merle? Can we trust the new, improved Merle? Probably not. He’s far too ingrained into the Governor’s inner circle…or is he? Something about the way the Governor brushed off Merle’s plan to find Hershel’s farm (and, hopefully, signs that Daryl is still alive) felt off. If he is all about helping Merle rehabilitate physically and mentally, why would he hold Merle back from finding the only family he has left alive in the world? Isolating people from their loved ones is something abusers do. If you cut your victim off, they have no one else to turn to but you. The Governor did the same thing, essentially, when he took Merle and the other men to take care of the National Guard members. With no government protection to rely on, the people of Woodbury are further forced to rely on him.

We can’t dance around it any longer. It is time to address one of two elephants standing in the room…

Since their time at Hershel’s farm, the grim reaper has stalked one character in particular. Lori knew from the day she realized she was pregnant that she wouldn’t survive the birth. Did the looming death sentence make her a better person? No. Lori’s decisions in the last nine months of her life were hard, cruel, unrelenting. They were that way for a reason. She was making sure Rick and Carl would have somewhere safe to live with the baby and the right people around them to keep it that way. In a way, Lori weeded out the bad seeds and used Rick to take care of them. It doesn’t change my opinion of her in the least, however.

Lori’s last breath was spent trying to redeem herself in her child’s eyes. She abandoned Carl the moment Rick showed up at the quarry. Lori realized she hadn’t been finding comfort in the arms of a friend, but sleeping around on her husband. She was a control freak. When life threw her a curveball (Surprise! Your husband wasn’t left to be zombie chow) she fought tooth and nail to regain control of her life—of everyone’s lives. Lori couldn’t allow the universe to rule her or anyone in the group. Because of that, Lori became the catalyst to Rick’s hard decisions. The only chance he got to balance the scale was when he told her to keep the baby that would become the proverbial noose around her neck.

Much respect to Sarah Wayne Callies for her portrayal of Lori Grimes. It is not easy to take a character fans are forced to dislike and play them without buying into the hype. Of all the characters on the show, Lori was possibly one of the truest. Can’t say Lori will be missed, but Sarah’s talent will be.

It’s time to discuss the second elephant…

Over three seasons, we’ve watched T-Dog grow from the quiet, yet useful, man in the background to one of Rick’s trusted crewmembers. In this last season, T-Dog really came into his own. He voiced his opinions and they were taken seriously by the group instead of brushed off—a sign they appreciated everything he’d done for them. We even got to see T-Dog and Rick butt heads a little at the beginning of this episode. It was energizing to see someone speak up against the Ricktatorship. Sadly, while he was right about giving the two prisoners a second chance, it’d take some very extreme measures for them to receive the chance. And he’ll never know it.

T-Dog’s death was accompanied by numerous lamentations from fans worldwide. It was sudden. Shocking. And really, really graphic. But you know what? He went out a hero. It doesn’t stop the pain of losing a beloved character. However, knowing he was given a good ending goes a long way to quelling the tears. Yes, even ZSC commanders cry when they see someone cut down before their prime on TV.

From one ZSC commander to another, IronE, you will be seriously missed on The Walking Dead. It has been amazing watching you grow as T-Dog and we wish you prosperity with all of your future endeavors. Oh and if they ask you to do a flashback on TWD, please do it. The world needs more T-Dog.

This was a rough week for The Walking Dead fans. What was your reaction to this shocking episode? Let us know in the comments below.

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