Move Over Walking Dead
When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. But when ' Game of Thrones ' plays the game of zombies, it just wins. It wins everything .
Sunday's (May 31) episode ' Hardhome ' made it clear just what all those ominous threats of coming winter actually mean in Westeros: Not a few months of cold weather and snow flurries, but an invasion from the North by a hungry pack of wights (the 'Game of Thrones' version of zombies) and the White Walkers who command them.
Jon Snow and the Wildling encampment were treated to a preview of the carnage to come when a horde of the undead descended upon them. And we, the audience, were treated to a zombie spectacle that's better than any other currently on TV, including the critically-acclaimed 'The Walking Dead.' How did that happen? We round up the six ways that 'Game of Thrones' wins at zombie war.
- The need for speed.
The wights of 'Game of Thrones' have all the horrifying relentlessness of a traditional zombie, but they're also fast , and it's terrifying. In terms of sheer fear factor, a frantic, sprinting pack of corpses beats slow, shuffling walkers any day of the week.
- Bosses with brains.
Not to mention, an army of the mindless undead becomes so much scarier when they're being commanded by a cohort of White Walkers who clearly know how to strategize.
- Minimal mess!
Killing zombies is a sloppy affair on 'The Walking Dead,' as the titular walkers are basically giant meatbags filled with goo who explode at the slightest impact. But when you cleave a wight in two with your sword, they ain't got time and/or enough fluid circulation to bleed.
- Two words: ZOMBIE. AVALANCHE. HBO
This avalanche of zombies was the single greatest moment on an already totally insane episode. Call us back when your zombies can do this, 'Walking Dead.'
- Instant zombification!
Why twiddle your thumbs for 24 boring hours while the recently-deceased take their sweet time to rise again? In the world of 'Game of Thrones,' a pile of dead bodies becomes an army of undead soldiers in seconds, thanks to the awesome power of the Night's King.
- And speaking of the Night's King...
This 'Come at me, bro' moment from the wights' commander-in-chief wins everything for the best post-zombie-attack gloat in the history of television.