‘The Walking Dead’: Has Robert Kirkman Revealed the Origin of the Zombie Apocalypse?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus

It’s formally been a decade because the pilot episode of The Walking Dead aired on AMC for the primary time. For practically 10 years, we’ve watched Rick Grimes survive the entire dissolution of society and order and the rise of the zombie apocalypse, from the second he awakened within the hospital to his emotional closing episode. Throughout the last decade, we’ve explored the potential for survival, peaceable coexistence amongst teams, illness, and the potential for a treatment for the contaminated so referred to as “walkers”. The solely factor The Walking Dead hasn’t touched but is why and the way the apocalypse began to start with. 

Robert Kirkman, author and co-creator of The Walking Dead, might have simply answered a query followers have been asking themselves since Season 1: Where did the virus come from? 

*This article might comprise spoilers for The Walking Dead. 

Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus
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Fans have requested Kirkman about the reason for the zombie apocalypse for years and for all these years, Kirkman by no means cracked. He has by no means given followers an actual reply, as soon as jokingly connecting the present to AMC’s Breaking Bad. After The Walking Dead reached Season 10 with out as a lot of a touch or a wink towards the reason for the outbreak, it started to look just like the thriller would by no means be solved. That is, till a lucky fan received a solution from Robert Kirkman on Twitter. 

When a fan requested Kirkman to call what precisely created the vicious walkers that plague mankind, he merely responded with, “Space spore” on January 22nd. The tweet has since been deleted. This extraterrestrial supply of apocalyptic terror appeared like a joke to followers at first, however after re-examining some teasers and comedian guide storylines from earlier editions of The Walking Dead comedian sequence, aliens really may be the reason for the walker outbreak. Kirkman has expressed pleasure on the considered aliens being the offender up to now, saying, “a crazy sci-fi thing that would make the story all that much weirder.” 

Kirkman explored the thought of aliens in a bonus ending for The Walking Dead comedian sequence situation #75 the place a laser sword-brandishing Michonne explains that an alien civilization introduced the lifeless again to life with a view to weaken and finally enslave mankind. 

It’s potential that Kirkman drew heavy inspiration from the mom of all zombie movies, Night of the Living Dead, the place the reason for the zombie outbreak was radiation from a fallen satellite tv for pc. In truth, earlier than Kirkman began on The Walking Dead, he teamed up with comedian guide artist Tony Moore to pitch a continuation of the enduring black-and-white zombie horror flick. 

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In quick, this revelation means subsequent to nothing for the survivors in The Walking Dead. Even although a proof for the apocalypse would supply a little bit of context and readability, it wouldn’t do very a lot to serve the story. After all, what would change if the remaining survivors knew why they have been dwelling in an apocalypse alongside man-eating walkers? 

In a 2018 Tumblr Q&A, Kirkman defined, “It couldn’t be less important to the story and the lives of these characters. It would be completely out of place in the story. Honestly if a scientist from Washington came to the character and told them what happened the characters would just shrug and say ‘Oh… okay…’ It wouldn’t change their lives at all…” 

The Walking Dead briefly explored the potential for a treatment by introducing Eugene as a brand new hope for survival, however after he was revealed to be a fraud, the plotline regarding a treatment was dropped and the point of interest of the present traveled again to the place it has at all times belonged: survival. Kirkman defined in an interview that The Walking Dead can be “a boring show” if the story was wrapped up with a treatment in place. 

While the comedian guide sequence has ended, it doesn’t essentially imply that The Walking Dead sequence will finish the identical method. After all, the present has veered off from the plot of the comedian sequence a number of occasions earlier than. However, the topic of the reason for the apocalypse will in all probability nonetheless stay untouched by the present. 

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The concept of aliens inflicting the walker outbreak has followers of The Walking Dead break up. 

“Robert Kirkman has stated that the zombie outbreak in The Walking Dead was attributable to area spores? This might be a joke or a reference to the area probe information report in Night of the Living Dead in homage to Romero? I choose the latter.” wrote one Twitter user. Filmmaker George A. Romero’s timeless legacy might be ceaselessly tied to the creation and evolution of the zombie style. It can be a poignant tribute for Kirkman to attribute his imaginative and prescient of the zombie apocalypse to one thing Romero-esque. 

Other followers assume that Kirkman is just messing with followers and that the reason for the apocalypse will both stay a thriller or look like one thing rather more grounded than an alien invasion. “Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead, trolled followers on Twitter when requested what induced the zombie outbreak,” instructed one Twitter user, “I guess he took the joke from the Romero series by saying Space Spores.” 

Whether or not Robert Kirkman was being critical when he listed area spores as a proof for the zombie invasion stays to be seen. No matter how intriguing the reason for the apocalypse could also be, it in the end doesn’t make a distinction to our favourite band of survivors and wouldn’t make a lot of a distinction to the story. So, aliens or no aliens, the thriller of The Walking Dead stays (at the very least, formally) unsolved.

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