The Walking Dead fans: Ask a sword fighter your TWD weapons questions

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Danai Gurira as Michonne - The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Gallery - Photo Credit: Alan Clarke/AMC
Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Danai Gurira as Michonne - The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Gallery - Photo Credit: Alan Clarke/AMC /

The Walking Dead fans – here’s your chance to ask a real sword expert about killing walkers and Whisperers with swords.

There were a lot of changes in the first half of The Walking Dead season 9. Even though some of those changes weren’t as big as Andrew Lincoln leaving the show to star in a series of The Walking Dead films, one of the important changes was that the survivors are now relying on swords and bladed weapons to kill walkers and other threats like the Whisperers.

Now that they’re ten years into the apocalypse bullets are pretty scarce and it looks like they’re using them sparingly. But how effective are swords and bladed weapons when you’re face to face with a horde of walkers? How much training do you need to be able to be able to kill with a sword? And how are they making these weapons?

I’m just as obsessed with those small details as some of my hard-core TWD family members are so I reached out to a sword fighting specialist and all around bladed weapons guru who also happens to have years of experience creating props and effects for films. Now you’re going to get the chance to ask him all of the Walking Dead-related weaponry and fighting strategy questions that I know you’ve been thinking about.

We are going to be collecting your questions on Facebook and Twitter for the next week, and then Sam Swords is going to answer your questions in a video on his YouTube channel. So if you have ever wondered how exactly you’d kill walkers, or Whisperers, with a blade now is your chance to ask your TWD weapons-related questions and find out!

Sam Swords

Samantha Swords is a trans male sword fighting instructor specializing in historical European weapons and combat. Originally from New Zealand and Australia, he works in the film industry. He has a background in equestrian and mixed weapon martial arts especially HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts), and works mostly with longsword, sword and buckler, and lance/spear.

Sam is a visual artist and illustrator. He has been modeling for art schools for 8 years. He also is a Special Effects technician and props/costume maker, and his last job was creating physical effects on set for Marvel’s upcoming X-Men film, Dark Phoenix (2019).

Sam Swords; photo courtesy of Sam Swords
Sam Swords; photo courtesy of Sam Swords /

As well as being a fighter and artist, Samantha is heavily involved in LARPing and war games. He regularly takes place in all-terrain strategic campaign warfare at the Quebec-based game of Bicolline (think Airsoft meets medieval combat with large task forces) and has recently become a player for tabletop war game Mortheim, which is set in a post-apocalyptic Medieval-fantasy world.

Samantha has had a passion for adventure and fantasy all his life and has been professionally involved with many great projects including the Hobbit, Elysium, District 9, Chronicles of Narnia and Warcraft. He also was involved with Ubisoft’s melee action combat video game For Honor, and consulted on aspects of design for Lorica Armour.

Samantha has had the opportunity to teach in many countries and also inspire people to follow their passions with courage and authenticity.

As a female role model prior to his transition, he was able to work with and inspire a generation of women and girls to take up the sword both physically and in other arenas of their lives.
He always has and continues to hope to inspire all people to growth and excellence, regardless of age, ability or gender.

Sam Swords; photo courtesy of Sam Swords
Sam Swords; photo courtesy of Sam Swords /

How To Submit Your Questions

We will be collecting questions on the Undead Walking Facebook page and on Twitter until Friday, January 25th. Then you’ll need to tune in to a live even on Sam’s YouTube channel on Sunday, February 3rd to get the answers to the questions that are chosen.

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Follow @SonyaIryna, @SamanthaSwords, and @UndeadWalkingFS on Twitter, follow the Undead Walking Facebook page,  and subscribe to Sam’s YouTube  channel now so that you don’t miss this exciting opportunity to get real answers about killing walkers and surviving with a sword in the apocalypse. You can also follow him on Instagram and Facebook.