Originally Posted by tomhunter8
But if The Walking Dead doesn't want to be a just another zombie adaption, then why stick to all of the popular zombie lore, like killing the brain is the only way to kill them? Why not come up with a unique twist?
Because, as its creators have said many, many, times: "it's not about the zombies."
From the point of view of the characters, this is all new and unprecedented. If there was ever a zombie movie, it was a flop and nobody ever made another one, and the word isn't in common use. There might well be another group of survivors somewhere that includes a professor of comparative religion who told the story of voodoo and the Baron, and that group *does* call walkers "zombies."
From the POV of the audience, there is not supposed to be any mystery about the walkers. We are supposed to completely understand them right from the beginning, so that we can fully appreciate the nature of the stress their existence puts on the characters. It's like we're watching a movie about desert aboriginals suddenly caught in a blizzard. We know what to expect from a blizzard. They don't. Neither of us understands why there is a sudden blizzard in a desert.