How do you kill something that's already dead? The most violent way possible is the preferred method on The Walking Dead. With the show set to return for a second season this Sunday at 9pm EST on AMC, we're anticipating more badass violence and zombie kills. And frankly, we can't wait.

On a show that doesn't pull any punches in the gore department, the kills and special effects can only get more impressive. Let's salute the goriest moments from the first season as we look forward to being grossed out by season two.

Little Girl Headshot

The series began with the protagonist, Rick, being forced to put a bullet into the brain of an undead child. I think the series really made its intentions clear in those opening moments.

Zombie Shot Through Fence

This unfortunate soul was put out of its misery with a Colt pressed against its forehead. The resultant spray of blood, bone, and brain was pretty severe, especially since this was a mercy kill.

Baseball Bat to the Dome

The severe squishification of heads via baseball bat has always been reserved for mafia dramas and that one really weird episode of Leave It to Beaver. Those days are over thanks to the advent of zombies of television, and a new day has dawned!

Arrow to Eye

The thing about zombies is they smell, they interrupt you when you're speaking, and they're always eating. (Enter middle-aged mother of teenage boys stand-up comic joke here.) The other thing about them is that they are resilient. You can fill their torso full of bullets or cut off their head, but they will keep on trying to bite you to death. The only way to make certain they are dead is to kill the brain. Which you can do via an arrow through the eye socket if you're interested in style points. If you're going to be one of the last people on Earth, you may as well be one of the most awesome.

Amy Gets Eaten

For a show about people getting eaten by zombies, we didn't really get to see a lot of people being eaten by zombies. That's okay, though, because it upped the tension. You knew that some member of the group (besides Ed) was going to end up on a serving platter, and when it finally happened, it was going to be absolutely shocking and grotesque. Sadly, it was resident hot chick, Amy. Not cool, zombies.


When the group encounters Creepy Scientist Guy at the CDC, he shares his findings with him by way of a MRI video showing what happens when the brain is overtaken by the undead sickness. This is ended when a bullet bores throught the subject's skull. Okay. Makes sense from a scientific standpoint. Not creepy at all. Until you realize that the subject is the scientist's wife and he keeps playing the imagery on a loop.

Running Decapitation

In the final moments of an episode essentially void of badass zombie kills, Daryl eagerly picks up the slack by running up to a zombie and lopping its head off. He could have just pushed it over and let the explosion he was fleeing do the work for him, but he didn't. He WANTED to cut a zombie's head off. It's that painstaking pride in his craftsmanship that makes his character so lovable.

Rick Kills Zombie With An Axe

The axe to the head proved to be very effective against the geeks that swarm Rick and Glenn. Not only does the axe serve several functions (chopping wood, breaking locks, housing zombies, etc.) but it also looks awesome! When the impending zombie apocalypse arrives (stop lying to yourselves), I'm definitely making sure one of these bad boys is in my arsenal.

Carol Kills Dead Ed With a Pickaxe

After an unhappy marriage, Carol lets her abusive husband, Ed, know how she really feels. She does so by reducing his undead head to mush with a pickaxe. Over and over again. And then over some more. And damn, how do they get away with this on television?

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