Of course the few images we’ve seen oozing out of the TWD camp of zombies are terrifying enough. And its the natural progression of things on the show where the shufflers get adapted and improved on over the prolific show’s 5 season reign.
Now Greg Nicotero, the show’s special effects guru/producer, shed some light via Hollywood Reporter on the wayward direction of the walkers’ look for season 6, which will be looking to add more rot and dead to the shufflers via digital augmentation:
We’re doing a few things we haven’t done before, which is digital augmentation of couple of walkers. We’re moving noses and putting a cavity there. Taking the area underneath the ribcage and shrinking it down. Kind of Bernie Wrightson style. That stuff is what makes it more exciting because it gives us more opportunities.
Every season we sort of refine [the zombies look]. We refine the teeth even more and we just keep changing it up, and every season it’s been different and we just keep pushing it a little bit more. It’s been really fun. We sculpted full muscle arms and then we added sagging flesh off of them as everything is about to drip off. [Showrunner] Scott [M. Gimple] has one very specific thing that he is conscious of, which is that it can’t be a Ray Harryhausen. It can’t be a walking skeleton. It always has to be muscles. It always has to be something that is motivating the movement.
The Walking Dead Season 6 premieres at 9PM EST on AMC on Sunday, October 11th 2015