Ok so in movies and T.V. we see all sorts of zombies ranging from fast to slow all the way up to mutated freaks with hellish strenght. now in real life what do you think would happen? would they be fast or slow? mutated or just regular ole rotting zombies? after you give your opinon on what would happen give a detailed reason how they become the way you think.if you think they will be fast give a reason why you think so. if slow same thing.if you think they will be mutuated explain the process of how it would happen.
I beleive there would not be "walking dead". If anything was to happen my thoughts are we would have a worldwide pandemic and end up dealing with some type of rage virus. The infected would be as fast as a human body that feels no pain would allow. In my profession I've dealt with people on PCP. When they fight they feel no pain. You can break bones and they keep coming. You can immobilize them by making their limb unusable with well placed shots. Head shots will likely get things done fast but most people aren't that proficient.
If we have no choice but to have "walking dead" then the zeds will start out as fast as you and me but as their blood coagulates and the fluids in the body begin to dry they will slow down. But hell, a new dead guy means a new fast zed.
I think Mutates would be very possible. Viruses constantly mutate. We see that today with every day cold and flu viruses. They react to stronger antibiotics and medications and become stronger, mutate or merge. There is no reason to believe a "Rage" or zombie virus wouldn't react in the same way.
I don't think we'd see the mutates like the Tyrant from the Resident Evil movies though , at least not right away. The human body only has so much mass. I'm 5'11", 195 pounds. I work out at least 5 times a week. I am lean and in good physical condition for my age , 48 on Sunday. I know what it takes to gain muscle mass. Lets just say that it will not happen over night even with the use of human growth hormones and anabolic steroids. A virus needs mass to grow, just like muscle. If the mass isn't there then virus takes over the surrounding mass, like a cancer. I believe that the initial mutates in a breakout would look like you and me. After a couple weeks they'd be along the lines of Gollum from Lord of the Rings or maybe the Vampires" from I Am Legend , rather than the R.E. Tyrants. They would be lean and sickly initially. They would be working on their basic instincts of survival. Humans are primarily predators, evidenced by the canine teeth and eyes set in the front of the skull. A mutate would crave lean meat in order to support the virus that wants to grow and to fuel the body. The body burns proteins like a car burns gas and lean meats are the best source of proteins. The mutates would crave lean meat and have no issue with eating humans. The human would just be another fuel source. The ravenous nature of a hoard or even a single Zed would be based on its need to refuel and the lack of brain function from the virus taking over the brain mass in order to fuel itself. I can imagine a virus similar to Mad Cow that thrives in the brain and spinal tissues. The Mutates/Zeds would feel no pain because the pain receptors to the brain would be blocked by the virus. This would appear as the creature being massively strong where in reality the muscles are working at maximum capacity. The reason we don't use our muscles and frame at maximum capacity is because it causes pain. (No Pain, No Gain). We don't like pain.
When it comes right down to it I believe this is all a possibility and that is some scary shit. I see people drop to their base instinct on a daily basis without the interference of a virus. Toss in a failed government experiment or just a freak of nature and this world is ripe for a pandemic. So the next time you see someone in the street acting odd or twitching, think twice. Hell don't even think twice. Avoid them, watch them until you're out of range and then get home and check your preps.