Will the snow have an impact on the walkers on The Walking Dead?

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 16 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 16 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC /

Our panel debates what impact the snow and cold will have on the walkers on The Walking Dead and how it will impact the survivors too.

Snow is coming for the first time in The Walking Dead season 9 finale. Although the groups are now located in Virginia where it doesn’t snow as often as it does in other places it does snow there, sometimes quite a bit. While fans have seen the survivors dealing with cold temperatures they have never seen them deal with snow or winter storms in the apocalypse world.

Back in season 2 Shane and Rick discussed winter cold and snow and whether or not it would have any effect on the walkers but the show has never shown any true winter weather. In the season 9 finale, a full-on winter storm is set to hit the communities as the Kingdom residents are making their way to the safety of Hilltop.

The cold may not have any effect on the walkers because other extreme weather and temperatures don’t seem to have any impact. But being buried under snow could make them more dangerous because the survivors won’t be able to see them as quickly or as easily which increases the risk of getting surprised by one.

The survivors also need to worry about the snow hiding lakes and streams that may or may not be frozen over. If a survivor fleeing a walker falls into frigid water that isn’t frozen over death would happen pretty quickly. Our panel discussed what impact they think that the snow and cold will have on the walkers and on the survivors on The Walking Dead:

Are Snow Walkers More Or Less Dangerous?

We’ve never seen a real winter scene with snow before. Do you think the cold and snow makes walkers more dangerous, or less dangerous?

Sonya says:

"I don’t think they are more or less dangerous, I think they are still dangerous. But I think it will be easier for the survivors to avoid them because they will leave tracks in the snow. Hidden ones covered by snow will still be a danger, but the tracks in the snow should make it much easier to avoid the ones that are standing up and mobile. Surviving the cold is going to be hard for the survivors but I don’t think it will make a huge difference in how dangerous the walkers are."

Sara says:

"I ‘m really excited to see our first episode of The Walking Dead in the winter! I’m stoked for what this means for our characters. Obviously just like in any snow storm, challenges will lie ahead. I think the walkers will become even more of a threat considering how they could be under ice or buried in the snow."

Jeffrey says:

"The element of snow will surely change things for our survivors. I have a feeling the walkers will still act normal and the old rules will still apply, but it’s definitely possible that the extreme cold may freeze them and slow them down a bit. That being said, the real danger will probably stem from the low visibility. If the snow is coming down heavily, it will be harder to navigate and can make it difficult for our survivors to be fully aware of their surroundings. Plus, a blizzard could bury some walkers, which is a frightening thought in of itself."

Sarabeth says:

"I think big banks of snow probably makes for more treacherous conditions. The problem I see with snow is that the cold is much more dangerous than any other kind of weather because you can’t be exposed to it for too long. You have to have shelter. So running from herds doesn’t work the same way, and who knows how many are frozen into the ground?"

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What do you think TWDFamily? How is the snow going to impact the walkers and the survivors? Are you excited to see some real winter scenes in The Walking Dead season 9 finale? Tweet us: @SonyaIryna, @WrittenBySara, @TWalkingDWorld, @SarabethPollock, and @UndeadWalkingFS to tell us what you think.