12 Walking Dead plot holes that bug us (and why we love it anyway)

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Dec 14, 2012

When we look ahead to the big finale of The Walking Dead's first, too-short season this Sunday on AMC, we're already going through withdrawal. There's no denying we love The Walking Dead. From the surprisingly human reactions the characters have to the regular twists in the storyline to the great acting, this zombie series is by far the best new show of the season.

However, there are a handful of plot holes that drive us just a little crazy. Not crazy enough to stop watching or even to ruin an episode. But it's those times late at night after we've digested the latest episode of The Walking Dead and we're feeling all fat and satisfied that those nagging, illogical little details pop up to annoy us.

So here's 12 things this season that bug us, even though we still love the series.

(And yes, there'll be spoilers ahead.)

Why isn't this world-gone-mad messier?

Looking at the scenes in Atlanta, it just seems like the streets should be messier and filled with paper, weapons and stuff. And we're thinking there should be lots of bodies and body parts, since the Walkers don't seem interested in eating other dead Walkers and there's been no one's around to clean them up for quite a while.

Why aren't guns plentiful?

When the zombie plague hit, just about everyone still alive the next day would have grabbed any available gun and as much ammo as they could manage to get their hands on. So you'd think guns would be all over, many abandoned when ammo ran out or lost when one was overrun by the Walkers. And since the Walkers don't care about them, they would be left where they fell. What would be harder to come by are bullets, since those would be used up pretty quickly.

So the biggest question comes regarding why Rick's guns were so important, and to such an extent that the Atlanta holdouts wanted the guns, too. Everyone seemed ready to kill for the guns. Atlanta is a big city, and you've got to think the Atlanta holdouts would know where to find enough guns and ammo, considering the city seemed otherwise pretty deserted.

Now we know Rick really wanted his gun bag because of the walkie-talkie so he could try to warn Morgan (the black dude who initially saved his life) about Atlanta. But still, everyone was talking about the guns, and those guns sure came in handy during that Walker attack on the camp. Which brings up, why didn't the campers have more guns?

Why are they acting like cars and gas are rare?

And then there's the whole car thing. Before Walkers took over, there were about as many cars as there are people within spitting distance of Atlanta. When most of those people turning into Walkers or were killed, you'd think getting gas from car gas tanks or just taking a different car wouldn't be much of a big deal. Rick, being a cop, should certainly know how to start a car without a key, so he wouldn't even have to find the keys.

Sure, many gas stations would get overrun initially, but it's hard to believe Rick couldn't figure it out or just find a different car with gas.

And speaking of transportation, when Rick and his Atlanta rescue party lose their truck (or was it a van?), they decide to walk back to their camp. Why? Wouldn't it have been quicker to just find another vehicle on the outskirts of the city?

Why are they about to run out of food, and why are they out of duct tape?

Let's chat about how much time has actually passed. Rick could only have lived in a coma in the abandoned hospital so long without attention and hydration. Yes, the flowers were dried out next to his bed, but we're talking three or four weeks max from when the zombie apocalypse began, with Rick still getting aid for a while until the hospital was abandoned, and then Rick woke up.

It's hard to believe that supplies would be so limited with the world losing so much of its population so quickly. Grocery stores might be overrun, but most houses would have cupboards filled with canned goods and edibles. And they'd certainly have duct tape so the motor home guy could fix his motor home. Or they could easily hit up an auto parts store to find the part he needed.

Why park outside Atlanta in tents and a motor home?

So the camp people went up into the hills, surrounded by trees and scenery (and a really pretty lake) to avoid the Walkers. But why live in tents and motor homes when they could easily find an isolated house with a good view of the surrounding area? The house might even have a generator so they could have some electricity, along with a well for water.

You'd think a house was safer than a tent any day. Or perhaps a warehouse would have worked. They don't have many windows.

And speaking of that, why stay so close to Atlanta anyway? It seems the country would have fewer Walkers, and it'd be easier to protect the group.

Why didn't the camp people post a warning to others not to go into Atlanta?

Rick's wife, Lori, wanted to post a warning to others who might enter Atlanta, but Rick's old partner, Shane, freaked out and basically said there wasn't time. What exactly were they so busy doing that they couldn't take an hour out and go post a sign with some spray paint that Atlanta had been overrun?

You'd think saving the few lives that are left would be important, especially since when the living are bitten or killed by Walkers and they become Walkers themselves, it increases the danger for those who remain alive.

Tank versus zombie ... Why would the zombies win?

So maybe the tank ran out of gas or something. But wouldn't you think there'd be some flattened Walkers behind it? And why wouldn't Rick try to start the tank, just to see if he could get it going and get out of there?

Why doesn't Rick ask any questions about what's going on?

You've got to love Rick. He's a true hero. But why in the world does he just wait for people to tell him what's going on and what the rules are? He's a smart guy who figured out that if he wore some dead Walker on him he could get past the Walkers because he'd smell like them. And yet he seldom asks questions about this crazy situation.

Why didn't the campers talk about joining the Altanta holdouts in their fortress?

After Rick and the rescue party had a run in with the Atlanta holdouts, they all made nice and Rick and his people went back to the camp. But wouldn't there have been a discussion that it might be good to join forces? While there's certainly reasons not to go back into the city, why is it more appealing to go to the unknown of the CDC than back to the fortress the Atlanta people have made?

Why doesn't anyone just call the "Walkers" zombies?

Wouldn't someone at some point call them zombies? Wouldn't you?

How come Rick and and his rescue group walked from Atlanta to the camp in no time but it took the campers all day to drive back to Atlanta to the CDC?

More car stuff. Assuming the camp wasn't that far from Atlanta, okay, they could walk. We don't know why they would, but they could. But why would it take them all day to get to the CDC in Atlanta? Shane said they were leaving for the CDC first thing in the morning. So why was it starting to get dark by the time they got there, and suddenly they're in danger due to increased Walker activity outside the CDC building?

And then there's that 100 miles to Fort Benning. It takes like two hours to go 100 miles. Why was this such a big discussion? They could have done both in a day.

How does Rick manage to keep his hat or have it come back to him when he loses it?

Actually this one doesn't annoy us at all. We kind of love that Rick still wears his cop uniform and that even when he loses his hat he somehow gets it back. It reminds us of Toy Story's Woody, who also has a very special relationship with his own hat.

So what do you think? Can you think of any plot holes we missed that bug you? Do you love the show anyway, or are any of these things a dealbreaker? And are you freaked out that you're likely going to have to wait nearly a year to see more of The Walking Dead?