It’s widely accepted that the best – if not only – way to kill a Zombie is to destroy the brain. The logic being that, in the absence of a beating heart as the body’s primary drive mechanism, the brain is the Zombie’s power center.
Additionally, it’s universally believed that Zombies possess no greater physical skill or ability than did the person who inhabited the same body during life. For example, a blind man in life would not die and rise from the grave as a undead menace with perfect 20/20 vision. Blind is blind, dead or alive.
Using these two “facts” as a jumping off point, the Morlock Theory of Zombie Paralysis offers an intriguing alternative to traditional Zombie defense strategy. Morlock argues that the walking dead can be rendered harmless by catastrophic damage to the nerves of a spinal cord. Simply put, because the Zombie body receives its instructions from the Zombie brain, a Zombie nervous system must be intact to deliver messages.
Shoot a Zombie in the lungs, and it will keep coming. Chop off one foot and it will hobble at you on the other. Rip out its stomach, and it will still chew on your flesh like nothing’s missing. But break its back or neck, and you just might have a quadriplegic Zombie on your hands, unable to do anything but lie on the ground and moan.
So the next time you think the only way to stop a Zombie is to aim for the head, think again. The back/neck/chest might be an easier target, and just as effective.