5 Reasons why Hilltop’s defensive strategy was stupid on The Walking Dead

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 11 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 11 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC /
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Alanna Masterson as Tara Chambler, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Nadia Hilker as Magna, Eleanor Matsuura as Yumiko – The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 10 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC /

With long-range capabilities taken care of, it’s time to start planning near and dear. Was anyone from The Walking Dead a fan of Braveheart by any chance?

You know who on The Walking Dead would have been on the offensive, and would have probably saved the entire Hilltop community? That’s right, Shane. Other than Daryl and Carol when she’s off her meds, everyone else would rather be a pacifist than prepare for the inevitable onslaught of the post-apocalyptic world.

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There will always be haves and have-nots. This is a different situation, however, because the Whisperers attack with the undead as a mobile weapon. Non-electronic drones. With that in mind, why not go with the obvious?

Can zombies swim?

The answer to the question above is fairly rhetorical. Zombies are screwed in water. That’s why a moat makes so much sense. This is fortress or castle defense 101. A couple thousand-year old strategy can’t be that bad. There should have been a daily mission for rotating teams to dig a trench several feet wide and a good six to ten feet deep all around the fort.

Can zombies climb?

What to do with all the dirt from the aforementioned moat? Good question. Use it to build up massive hills approximately 45 degrees on the outside, and 90 degrees on the inside. Erect a slew of individual towers just at the apex, and it is head poking time. Easy kills over and over. Added bonus: the zombies roll back down the hill and knock down their crusty compadres. And that’s only after enough come in to literally fill up the moat.

Read a book, please.

It’s tough watching them make stupid mistakes over and over again. Long story short, instead of looking for sheet music or figuring out how to get windmills going, they should have been searching for FM 3-90, which is the military tactics doctrine. Start with Chapter 8 for some light reading: “So the defensive form of war is not a simple shield, but a shield made up of well-directed blows.”

Next. Time to get ready for FTWD. dark

The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights on AMC at 9:00 p.m. ET. Tune in and watch them take knitting lessons while ignoring the fight yet again.