A contributing member of the Zombie Research Society, Sarah George, has put forth an interesting theory about zombie facial expressions. George’s background is in animal behavior and body language, and she suggests that the common representation of a gnashing, angry zombie is likely inaccurate.
The crux of her argument is that predators hunting prey in the wild do not use any facial expressions at all. They are focused on their goal, and so have a blank look of pure concentration. She continues on to say that aggressive postures in the eyes and mouth do not suggest a willingness to attack, but the exact opposite.
“When an animal snarls, growls, or shows its teeth, the behavior is designed as a warning system. It is trying to avoid a physical confrontation, not invite one. There is little need for these types of displays once actual violence starts.”
It seems zombies may not act like wild animals trying to avoid a fight, but rather have an empty, hollow visage. It’s widely accepted that their singularity of purpose does not invite debate, discussion, or compromise, so it stands to reason that a zombie’s face wouldn’t express these tendencies either.
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