Over the weekend, Elon Musk debuted the latest item he's selling through his Boring Company, a flamethrower, which he claimed would be the perfect weapon for the zombie apocalypse. And since launch, he has sold $3.5 million worth of this bad boy. Fans can pre-order this flamethrower for $500, and for an extra $30, you get a special fire extinguisher as well. This item quickly caught the interest of someone who knows a thing or two about fighting zombies, Walking Dead star Chandler Riggs. After one of Elon Musk's tweets about how this flamethrower is great for battling the zombie apocalypse, which went viral in a hot minute, Chandler Riggs replied with a photo confirming that he pre-ordered one for himself. Here's what the actor had to say below.
"Just preordered one, I better be able to mow down a horde with this bad boy."
Ironically, this comes just weeks before what will be the final episode of The Walking Dead for Riggs, where Carl's fate is sealed. Fans learned on the Season 8 mid-season finale that Chandler Riggs' Carl Grimes was bit in the torso by a zombie. He will ultimately die in the midseason premiere, airing Sunday, February 25 at 9 PM ET on AMC. While there is certainly no direct connection between Elon Musk's flamethrowers and the AMC series, Elon Musk addressed the "rumor" that he was planning on starting a zombie apocalypse to drive sales of his flamethrowers. Here's what Elon Musk had to say in a jokey statement about these "rumors."
"The rumor that I'm secretly creating a zombie apocalypse to generate demand for flamethrowers is completely false. You'd need millions of zombies for a so-called "apocalypse" anyway. Where would I even get a factory big enough to make so many!?"
The answer to that is simply, though. He'd take over the Tide company and use their factory to produce colorful balls of deadly detergent, then start a viral fade convincing all teenagers that sticking them in their mouths is the cool thing to do. Ah, but that's way too far fetched and would never actually happen, right?
Given how The Walking Dead's ratings are on the decline, hitting a six-year low at one point in November, it may not be a terrible idea to implement these flamethrowers into the show. Where Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his cohorts might come across these powerful weapons would remain to be seen, but with the ratings woes getting worse and worse, it might be something for showrunner Scott M. Gimple to look into. While we wait for more on the show's return next month, take a look at the entire collection of tweets from Elon Musk's Twitter and the two tweets from Chandler Riggs. And if you want to purchase one of these flamethrowers, there were only 20,000 made, and 4,000 have already been sold, so you may want to act fast.