While most fans of The Walking Dead are obsessed with the fate of Maggie’s baby and an all-out war that’s now raging between communities, there’s a subset that’s always sought an answer from the show’s past: “What caused the initial outbreak that led to the zombie apocalypse?” Indeed, we’ve never been given much insight into what started society’s crumble beyond the fact that the virus lies dormant in everyone.
So can we expect to learn exactly what went down on Day 1, meet Patient Zero, and/or discover what it will take to find a cure? Not on your life! When the issue came up during TWD’s recent panel at San Diego Comic-Con last weekend, creator Robert Kirkman made it abundantly clear. If there’s a single word to take away from his comments, it would be “boring”.
“As far as actually trying to solve [the virus], I’ve always thought that the best thing about this show is that it’s not about scientists and it’s not about people who take that on as a task, because I feel like that’s unrelatable,” he said during The Walking Dead’s Comic-Con panel in Hall H on Friday. “I think if there were a zombie apocalypse, I think there would be, like, five people in this room that might have that job . . . . This show is about people and their struggles to survive. That’s what the focus is. For us to try and go off and solve this would be a boring show.”
These comments echo sentiments expressed in 2012 by past Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara.
“The cause of the zombie outbreak seems irrelevant. I always want the show to play like a horror movie every week. If you define what caused the outbreak, that puts us in a world of science fiction, and this isn’t science fiction to me; it’s horror. In my mind that’s two different genres, so that is an important distinction to me.”
In other Walking Dead News, a quartet of new pics hit the net this morning; have a look-see:
The Walking Dead Season 8 will premiere on AMC on October 22nd.