The Walking Dead fans have spent countless hours theorizing and debating how the show will end, even though the series looks to continue for many more years to come. One thing less debated, though, is how the zombie apocalypse began. Like George A. Romero’s seminal classic Night of the Living Dead, the cause of the outbreak is never revealed and only discussed peripherally, in passing.
The point is: It doesn’t matter. If the world were engulfed in a real zombie apocalypse, the “why” would be much less important than survival. Like the character in The Walking Dead, we might never know how it all began, but we’d certainly have more important things to worry about!
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What makes the beginning of The Walking Dead’s apocalypse intriguing, though, is that Robert Kirkman, creator of the series, says he knows how it began—but fans never will. Well that doesn’t seem fair! Still, the fact that there is, in theory, a right answer to the question has put many Internet Detectives on the case!
Our friends at WatchMojo put together a video exploring the 5 most likely fan theories regarding how the world of The Walking Dead actually began. Give it a watch and let us know what you think in the comments section! If you can’t stream, the 5 theories are listed and briefly summarized below the video. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: How do you think The Walking Dead world came to be? Rick and company have been fighting to survive for years, but what forced them into this monstrous world? We’re looking at both the most plausible and original fan theories, such as that it was caused by a fast-acting virus, that recreational drugs went very wrong, or that a simple lab experiment caused it all. Join WatchMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 5 Fan Theories of How The Walking Dead World Came to Be.
Recreational Drug Use Gone Wrong: Fear the Walking Dead might imply that “Patient Zero” was infected after consuming a bad batch of heroin. There’s also a long-running theory that Breaking Bad is a Walking Dead prequel, suggesting Walter White’s blue meth had a role in bringing about the zombie apocalypse.
A Simple Labe Experiment Caused It All: The Season 1 finally of The Walking Dead seemed to confirm that the zombie apocalypse is scientific in nature, comparing the affliction to meningitis.
It Was Just a Fast-Acting Virus: Many speculate the condition causing resurrection is merely an advanced strain of rabies.
It Was Medicine Gone Awry: Some have suggested human have become so over-medicated, our bodies have lost the ability to die.
Biological Warfare West Wrong—Or Exactly as Planned: Many speculate that the zombie apocalypse is the result of a biological weapon accidentally unleashed upon the masses. Others speculate the zombifying agent was released on purpose.
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Below, you can check out a preview of tonight’s episode of The Walking Dead, Time for After, airing at 9 PM on AMC.
Official Synopsis: Negan has to enlist the help of his lieutenants in solving a huge issue facing The Sanctuary; Rick and the group continue to enact the plan.
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