One really only has but one simple request upon entering the world of "The Walking Dead": No walkers, no walkers, may there be no walkers, or at least very few, though none would be great.
Rarely would a character on the powerhouse AMC horror series wish for double the undead, and yet that's exactly the screamy scene that'll greet attendees of the upcoming maze at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood.
As with years past, the new "The Walking Dead" attraction will reflect recent developments on the apocalyptic series, so should you see an "W" action or references to Wolves inside the maze, you'll be right in the current swing of things, plot-wise.
Only you'll be experience it all in "real" life, of course, and not watching through a screen. Double the walkers inside the maze means double the times you'll need to clutch your pal's arm as eerie figures shamble out of various shadows.
Stomach knots, indeed.
Another twist: "The Walking Dead" maze will drag its dastardly self into a new part of the theme park, lending returning guests a sense of fresh dread. There's no predicting the turns of years past.
Everything gets moaning on Friday, Sept. 18, along with the other recently announced mazes at the Halloween season spectacular. "Crimson Peak" and "Insidious" will also be featured in the 2015 frightacular, with more maze announcements ahead.
As for "The Walking Dead" making repeat appearances at what is, hands down, one of the world's best-known of all the autumntime maze happenings? To not spotlight what remains the top fear series on television, a go-for-the-jugular juggernaut of phenom-level proportions, would seem aberrant, at least to the many fans who have made "Dead" a way of life online.
And that "Fear the Walking Dead," a companion series to "The Walking Dead," will have its six-episode run concurrent to the opening of Halloween Horror Nights further ups the terrifying timeliness. The six-episode run is set in Los Angeles, so the idea of being menaced by walkers, inside a maze, inside Los Angeles feels, well, meta.
Call it a menacing meta and call "The Walking Dead" the latest entry into the Halloween Horror Nights maze rollout.
Ready for double the walkers? Better sprout some eyes in the back of your head ahead of Sept. 18, horror fans.