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Cast of Walking Dead Pick Their Preferred Zombie Weapons

Promoting their second season, which premieres tonight, the cast of AMC's The Walking Dead were at New York Comic=Con yesterday. Now with nearly twenty episodes of zombie killing under their postapocalyptic utility belts, here are their personal weapons of choice.

Laurie Holden (a.k.a. Andrea): Gun — Loudest Weapon Award
Last season, Andrea dealt with watching her sister die and reawaken zombified, before shooting her in the head with a pistol — so maybe familiarity's why Laurie chose this option. But shooting a zombie in the middle of the woods is one thing — a gun is far too loud a weapon for areas with a high zombie concentration, such as TWD's Atlanta.

Jon Bernthal (a.k.a. Shane): Crossbow — Smartest Weapon Award
As a former cop, we're more used to seeing Shane cocking a shotgun or other macho firearms, but the crossbow is quite a smart choice. Silent, deadly, and a fan favorite — even if it'd mean he were stealing fellow survivor Daryl's thunder on the show.

Norman Reedus (a.k.a. Daryl): Flamethrower — Ballsiest Weapon Award
Mr. Redneck Crossbow Man himself went, surprisingly, another route altogether, spectacular and hi-tech, too. This species of zombie is certainly vulnerable to fire — lucky him this isn't Return of the Living Dead done over, or else flames would merely spread the infection.

Steven Yeun (a.k.a. Glenn): Bo Staff — Worst Weapon Award
Notwithstanding martial arts stereotyping, it's an interesting choice of weapon. Silent and smart for an errant zombie here or there, but surely labor-intensive for the less than bulked-up scavenger Glenn.

Lauren Cohan (a.k.a. Maggie): Bladed Boomerang — Best Weapon Award
Newcomer Maggie Greene has probably the most novel suggestion of the bunch, but you've got to have some pretty good aim to slice off zombie heads. And what if the boomerang gets stuck? It's not like an arrow or a bullet, where you can just reload.

Happy zombie killing all! [THR]

Photo: Scott Garfield/AMC