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"Zombies in a herd are a force of nature. They don't operate on logic or reason."
Eugene Porter explaining a herd of zombies[src]

A Herd, also known as a Horde, is a large group of zombies. They are usually attracted by sound, leading a few individuals to come together, eventually finding and merging with new groups, growing larger and larger and even more ferocious.

Herds wander around without a real purpose until attracted by sounds or prey. Herds are notably more aggressive than smaller groups, and the presence of zombies around other zombies almost creates a "synapse", or "hive-mind" effect, with them able to react more quickly by watching what others do rather than acting on their own. Herds can smash through the heaviest of barricades, tear down fences, and completely overwhelm humans in waves of undead bodies.

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Pre-Apocalypse

The name "Herd" was adopted from the terminology for a herd of cattle. Cattle typically bulk together to graze or for protection, and, if angered, a herd can form a deadly stampede. This formed the basis for the post-apocalyptic terminology for large groups of walkers.

Post-Apocalypse

Eugene Porter first mentions the herd in Issue 53 and explains what a herd is to the post-prison survivors in Issue 54.[1]

A herd of "about 2,000 or more" zombies is first encountered by Rick Grimes, Carl Grimes, and Morgan Jones in Issue 59, as they are traveling from Cynthiana, Kentucky, with Abraham Ford to rendezvous with the rest of the survivors.[2]

The herd are later encountered by the people of the Alexandria Safe-Zone in issue 79. The herd proceeds to surround the safe-zone leaving the survivors trapped inside. Eventually the herd break through the safe-zone's walls and start to devour many of the residents including Tobin and Douglas Monroe. When Carl is shot in the face and injured, Rick makes a final stand with the other survivors. They manage to repel and kill the herd and learn that the undead are a manageable threat. 

In Issue 127, the herd is seen when Paul Monroe and his team are steering the massive amount of zombies away from The Kingdom.

In Issue 143, a large herd is seen when Alpha takes Rick at gunpoint to a building nearby The Whisperers camp.

Eugene explained:

  • "Zombies in a herd are a force of nature. They don't operate on logic or reason. If one of them even so much as brushes a hand against your door [where you are hiding]--and another one sees that, mistakes that as an attempt to get in--it's over. That one starts trying to get in--the one who did the accidental tap thinks something's inside all of a sudden--he starts beating on the door with him. They would kill you all."[3]

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Pre-Apocalypse

The name "Herd" was adopted from the terminology for a herd of cattle. Cattle typically bulk together to graze or for protection, and, if angered, a herd can form a deadly stampede. This formed the basis for the post-apocalyptic terminology for large groups of walkers.

Post-Apocalypse

The first herd of walkers appears in Atlanta, Georgia, when Rick Grimes arrives there in search of his family. Another herd is later seen attacking the camp in the outskirts of the city. It is possible that these walkers were the same ones seen in the city but were separated from the group. [4]

The herd of walkers is also seen on the highway moving out of the city of Atlanta. The group pulls up to the vehicle congested highway, finding no way to pass, and, to make matters worse, Dale Horvath's RV breaks down when the radiator hose bursts again. The group scavenges for supplies from the abandoned cars when suddenly Rick spots the herd of walkers approaching. He tells everyone to hide under the vehicles as the groups wander onward past the survivors. [5]

Later, a herd of walkers that migrated out of Atlanta (previously seen at the beginning of Season 1) attacks the Greene family farm.[6]. It is unknown whether this is the same herd that was seen on the highway. In Season 3, a herd of walkers appeared to have settled themselves in and around the West Georgia Correctional Facility. The area is known as the "Red Zone" by the people of Woodbury, Georgia.[7]

A herd not far from the red zone is found by Daryl Dixon, Tyreese, Michonne, and Bob Stookey in "Isolation". It is numbered at 7,500 walkers.[8]

The fighting between the prison group and The Governor's militia in "Too Far Gone" attracts a herd of nearby walkers which eventually occupy the ruined prison, rendering it uninhabitable. Clara, a woman who committed suicide in front of Rick in "30 Days Without An Accident", is among the walkers.

After escaping the overrun prison, Daryl and Beth Greene hide from a herd in the trunk of an abandoned car in "Still" during a thunderstorm. As it takes multiple hours for all walkers to pass, as evidenced by time lapses in the scene, it can be assumed it is a large herd passing by.

Carol Peletier uses a herd to her advantage in "No Sanctuary", attracting it and allowing it to overtake Terminus, so that she can infiltrate the compound in the guise of a walker and rescue her friends who were captured. Later, when Abraham Ford, Rosita Espinosa, Eugene Porter, Glenn Rhee, Maggie Greene, and Tara Chambler are on the way to Washington, D.C., in "Self Help", a massive herd blocks their path on the road. This eventually leads to Eugene's confession that he does not know the cure to the outbreak.

A significantly large herd was first seen in the Season 6 premiere, "First Time Again", all of which were trapped inside a rock quarry in which Rick and the other residents of Alexandria had to release in order to drive them away from "home". However, half of the herd broke loose and made their way towards Alexandria, eventually arriving right at the community's wall in "Now" and had begun to stay there in "Heads Up".

Another herd was also present in "Thank You", which were at an abandoned town, which Aiden and Nicholas had previously scouted for supplies which ended in a fatal accident, resulting in their fellow survivor, Will, to get killed and turn. The herd in that abandoned town were also responsible for the deaths of SturgessAnnie and David. Later on, they were also the cause for Nicholas to commit suicide after he and Glenn were cornered in an alleyway by them, which also almost caused Glenn's demise.

The herd that had broken off from "First Time Again" were then able to enter Alexandria after one of the watchtowers had fallen and destroyed a part of the community's wall in "Start to Finish", allowing them to finally enter the safe-zone, which resulted in most of the people inside Alexandria to hide within their houses and likely also caused the deaths of others who were not able to hide or defend themselves against the massive herd. The herd was able to infest and overrun half of the Alexandria Safe-Zone's streets and possibly the houses as well.

In "No Way Out" the herd continues to spread throughout Alexandria, Rick, Carl, Jessie and a few others move through the herd unnoticed, Sam catches the attention of some walkers which leads to him being devoured, which causes a chain reaction of Jessie to freak out and also get devoured, finally followed by Rick chopping her arm off to free Carl and Ron holding them at gunpoint. Michonne stabs Ron through the heart in time as he is then devoured, however a stray bullet destroys Carl's right eye knocking him unconscious.

Denise and Owen move through the herd but Denise is grabbed and Owen saves her resulting in him getting bitten, Denise promises to save him if they get to the infirmary.

They continue to move through the herd, but Owen is shot by carol and as a last stand grabs several walkers to save Denise, she then sorrowfully leaves him to reanimate and heads towards the infirmary arriving at the same time as Rick, Michonne and an unconscious Carl.

In a fit of rage over losing Jessie and almost Carl, Rick heads outside to face the herd himself. Aaron, Michonne, Heath and Spencer head outside to help and soon Olivia, Eric and Bruce, join alongside the rest of the able bodied Alexandrians.

Glenn and Enid go together to save Maggie but Glenn is surrounded and is about to be devoured when Sasha and Abraham arrive and shoot all the walkers, saving Glenn.

Daryl pours all oil from the truck into the lake and fires his rocket launcher, creating a huge fire, all the walkers see this and walk towards it killing themselves, The Alexandrian army take this time to kill all possible walkers. This marks the end of the super herd.

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Pre-Apocalypse

The name "Herd" was adopted from the terminology for a herd of cattle. Cattle typically bulk together to graze or for protection, and, if angered, a herd can form a deadly stampede. This formed the basis for the post-apocalyptic terminology for large groups of walkers.

Post-Apocalypse

A herd of walkers is seen following the train Lee's group is riding to Savannah. The group stops when a crashed gasoline tanker blocks the tracks, forcing them to to cut it loose from the bridge. They are still trying to remove it when Ben spots the herd approaching from behind. Everyone except for Omid and Lee, who were on the bridge cutting the tanker, get on the train to leave. The two then try to jump onto the vehicle. Lee makes it, but Omid lands badly, hurts his leg, falls off, and starts limping towards the moving train. Christa jumps down to help and they manage to get back on, temporarily escaping the herd.

The same herd later follows the track all the way to Savannah and trap Lee's group as they search for Clementine. They are later attracted to the city of Savannah by the ringing of church bells around the city. They later show up and claim the lives of many people in Lee's group including Ben and when he gets trapped in an alleyway by the herd. On his journey to the Marsh House Lee has to fight his way through the herd, killing dozens of walkers before getting to the Marsh House. Lee has to navigate back though this herd on his way out of the Marsh House with Clementine. However this time he does so undetected by using walker guts to disguise Clementine's and his scent from the herd.

Later on, a large herd amassed near an old hardware store and strip mall fortified by a group led by William Carver. Clementine, along with several people attempting to escape Carver's camp, alerted the herd using the store's P.A. system, and made their escape by covering themselves in blood and entrails from a few dead zombies, walking through the herd as it quickly overwhelmed Carver's camp, devouring Troy and Carlos.

If Clementine ends the game with A.J. she encounters a herd.

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Trivia

  • The Herd is the Income Tax equivalent in The Walking Dead Monopoly.

References

  1. Issue 54, page 11
  2. Issue 59, page 14.
  3. Issue 60 Page 21
  4. "Vatos"
  5. "What Lies Ahead"
  6. "Beside the Dying Fire"
  7. "When the Dead Come Knocking"
  8. Talking Dead; Greg Nicotero

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