Discover the Origins of The Walking Dead's Red Machete

New webisodes document the journey of the series' red-handled machete.

By L.B. Lubomski

AMC has released a new series of digital webisodes showcasing the origins and journey of the red machete used by Rick Grimes on The Walking Dead. The five-part series shows the weapon's journey from the shelves of a hardware store until coming into the posession of Joe, leader of the "Claimed" gang that Daryl encountered in season 4 following the fall of the prison. After killing the gang, Rick took it as his personal melee weapon for a time and famously used it to fulfill his promise to kill Terminus leader Gareth. The first three parts of the web series are available to view online now with the final two parts set to release in the near future. Parts of this series originally aired in short segments during the commercial breaks of some episodes, but it's much more interesting to watch all at once in a volume.

"There's a compound bow and a machete with a red handle. That's what I'm gonna use to kill you."

I think it's pretty cool that they're focusing on the origins of a pretty iconic, albeit short-lived weapon from The Walking Dead. It's an interesting way to show us something that connects to the characters we care about without getting in the way of the show's overall plotline. We'll be sure to let you know when the last two webisodes become available.

About the Author

L.B. Lubomski

Lawrence "L.B." Lubomski is an avid horror movie fan, gamer, musician, historian, and aspiring author. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, L.B. was exposed to the works of local filmmaker and godfather of zombie cinema George A. Romero early on. He has since developed a particular fondness for Italian zombie/cannibal and slasher films. This passion for horror extends into other media, from survival horror video games such as Resident Evil to horror-inspired musical artists. In his spare time, L.B. pursues many interests including building his collection of vinyl records, action figures, and vintage video games as well as drumming in various local bands.

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