Despite their penchant for shambling after us in murderous swarms, shedding body parts and converting us to the cause, zombies have clearly won our abiding affection. For several decades running now, zombie stories have been everywhere in popular culture, from film and TV to books and literature and even video games.
The AMC series "The Walking Dead" -- season four debuts this Sunday -- is just the latest example of a zombie story that has devoured our brains, culturally speaking. "The Walking Dead" regularly puts up rating numbers that are unprecedented in a basic cable series. In fact, last season the show's ratings among TV's prime demographic, age 18-49, were greater than any series on television, cable or network. While the show uses a zombie apocalypse as its premise, it's actually much more of a character-driven story that explores themes of society and morality.
In honor of the show's season premiere, we take a look at the specifics of zombiedom in "The Walking Dead," and explore the different kinds of zombies that have permeated pop culture over the years. Remember, citizens, knowledge is power. Know your zombies!