Mythbusters Zombie Special premieres Oct. 17 on Discovery

The Walking Dead fans, if Sunday’s Season 4 premiere has you wondering anew about stuff like the best weapon to clear a zombie horde, how to outrun the hungry buggers if you’re caught weapon-free, or whether the undead can really muster enough gumption to team up and take down a wall, MythBusters is here to ease your mind. The MythBusters Zombie Special premieres on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 10pm ET/PT on Discovery.

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In this highly entertaining hour, The Walking Dead’s own dearly departed (and re-departed) Merle Dixon, Michael Rooker, joins Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman to determine whether an ax or a gun is the best killing machine in a zombie swarm, and if a throng of unthinking undead can really form a wall-busting unit just by collectively shuffling into it.

In the meantime, Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara head for the Alameda runway (with a side trip to Walking Dead executive producer/special effects guy Greg Nicotero’s KNB EFX studios for some knowledge-gathering) to make or break the myth that human beings can outrun a ravenous zombie horde. Using a smaller and smaller arena each time out to test the likelihood of survival in population-dense regions of the world — plus a few other non-weapon distractions — the trio examine several scenarios that could help them leave the undead in the dust. Fair warning, though, if you or a loved one uses a wheelchair, you might find a few moments of this one a tad offensive.

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As ever, it’s great fun to watch Hyneman and Savage use their BRAAAAAAAAINS! to come up with creative ways to test their deadly scenarios without, you know, actually killing anyone — “Coming up with a face protector, just so Jami Hyneman can shoot strangers in the face for science,” Hyneman quips — and downright comical to see how the volunteer zombies unnerve the cast.

Which may prove the ultimate zombie-ism of all — they’re terrifying just because they’re there.

The MythBusters Zombie Special premieres Thursday, Oct. 17 at 10pm ET/PT on Discovery.

Photo/video: Discovery Channel

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