The Walking Dead Is Casting Contortionists For New Type Of Zombie

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Even at eight seasons in, The Walking Dead still manages to surprise us every now and then by finding fresh ways of tackling zombies. One of the undead delights from season 7, for instance, was the walker with spikes sticking out of its head – nicknamed Winslow – that Rick was forced to fight at one point. Judging by a new casting call though, it looks like the show will be pushing the envelope even further in the next season.

Coming to us from ComicBook.com, here’s what the producers are currently looking for:

“Contortionists (Background / Extra): Males & Females, 18-50. Must be able to bend their arms and shoulders in various unique angles. All ethnicities.”

Yes, for the second half of its eighth run, The Walking Dead is searching for contortionists to presumably play some mangled zombies. Given that we’re already very used to the visual of a horde of zombies shambling about on the show, it makes perfect sense to spice things up by having the walkers drag contorted limbs behind them instead. If nothing else, the image of zombies marching along with arms and legs bent at hideous angles should make for some great, disturbing TV that will surely delight viewers.

Alternatively, the inclusion of this new type of zombie might not just be in order to add in some scares but could mark an important plot point, too. Maybe Negan creates himself a new army of mangled zombies to fight against Rick and the rest of the combined communities who’ll wage war on the Saviors? By the second half of the season, things will no doubt be looking dire for Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s villain, so he could be forced to deploy a new type of attack.

One way or another, we’ll find out when The Walking Dead returns to AMC for its season 8 premiere – which is also the show’s 100th episode – on Sunday, October 22nd.

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