Fans of The Walking Dead were finally introduced to King Ezekiel and his ferocious sidekick, Shiva.
Shiva, of course, is a tiger on a chain.
— The Walking Dead AMC (@WalkingDead_AMC) October 31, 2016
But animal lovers should fret about a real tiger being used to film a TV show. Show creator Robert Kirkman told folks at Comic-Con over the summer that, “It’s not particularly humane to have like a live tiger on set and it’s also very dangerous for the actors,” according to Business Insider.
And so, CGI was used as a pretty convincing stand in.
— The Walking Dead AMC (@WalkingDead_AMC) November 3, 2016
King Ezekiel, a former zookeeper, who rules over The Kingdom, with the big cat at his side, sent Twitter into tiger wars, several folks pointing to the tiger in Life of Pi.
Bruh…Shiva and the Richard Parker from Life of Pi the same tiger pic.twitter.com/ZGsYbOrWEQ
— BioncaB (@peaceandnatur) October 31, 2016
— The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingDead) October 31, 2016
And of course, the Shiva parody accounts went up instantly.
— Shiva! 🐯 (@SHIVA_THE_TIGER) October 31, 2016
— Shiva The Tiger (@BAMFShiva) October 31, 2016
Or were already roaring into the internet.
“She’s a real magic tiger” @kharypayton
— Shiva The Tiger 🐯 (@ShivaTWDTiger) October 31, 2016
So far, Shiva and King Ezekiel are killing it. And not just the zombies. One more thing, AMC, for heaven’s sake, don’t let anything happen to Shiva. You already killed Glenn, you can’t kill the tiger, too.
— Wetpaint (@WetpaintTV) October 31, 2016
Do you like King Ezekiel & Shiva?!
— #TWD Fan Page (@FTWDFans) October 31, 2016
Want to know more about Ezekiel and Shiva? Read the backstory from the graphic novel.
Photos AMC The Walking Dead/Twitter