We don’t draw too much attention to it, but we wanted the film to feel a bit more novelistic than the others. Shaun of the Dead is a bit more linear in a way. Just by having a prologue and an epilogue we wanted to have that kind of thing where you’re dealing with the long lifespan of the characters.
The epilogue is one of my favorite bits in the movie because I like those novels and films where you suddenly find out a major information bomb in one sentence and it’s like “Oh, my God, no!”
In terms of a movie, one I absolutely love is the end of the Road Warrior. “We never saw him again.” After all that!?!?