Walking Dead's Zombie Virus: Here's How It Happened, According To Creator Robert Kirkman

The comic creator Robert Kirkman has provided a brief explanation of where the zombies came from in The Walking Dead, and the reason might surprise you.

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It's been a decade since AMC's The Walking Dead first started and nearly a year since the comic book's surprise conclusion with issue #193. Now, after all this time has passed, writer and co-creator Robert Kirkman has revealed what started the zombie apocalypse in his fictional series. Turns out it was aliens all along--well, sort of. What remains to be seen is whether the often-sarcastic Kirkman was joking, as he shared the potential revelation in a two-word tweet that doubles down on something originally shared many years ago.

In responding to a fan on Twitter who asked how the series' zombies came to be, Kirkman said space had something to do with it. Apparently, a "space spore" is what created the walkers in TWD's universe.

As GameSpot sister site Comic Book notes, Kirkman and original series artist Tony Moore pitched a continuation to George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead, a 1968 horror film in which scientists thought reanimated corpses were caused by a returning space probe's explosive radiation. Kirkman's "space spore" answer is likely an homage to Romero's cult horror classic.

Kirkman's answer seemingly corroborates previous statements he has given, such as one in 2018 where he said the zombie infection and resulting calamity was because of "a crazy sci-fi thing that would make the story all that much weirder."

In that same 2018 interview, Kirkman essentially said the zombie apocalypse's cause matters very little because he doesn't believe the series' characters would buy any explanation. "Honestly if a scientist from Washington came to the character and told them what happened the characters would just shrug and say 'Oh… okay,'" Kirkman said at the time. "It wouldn’t change their lives at all."

In an interview from 2017, Kirkman said AMC's The Walking Dead is unlikely to explore a cure for the infectious virus, citing that it "would be a boring show" if everything wrapped up neatly with a cure. So while the comic book has ended, we'll have to wait and see how the television show continues to handle the walkers. We just got a fresh look at what's next in the new mid-Season 10 trailers.

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You guys are straight trolling us now. It’s sick.

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like zombies this article refuses to die.

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Recent news my a**

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I see gamestop is re-post old articles again

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This article was first posted at least 4 months ago. If you're going to post it again because you're short on actual news, at least treat it ss a repost.

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Ok now they have got to just be trolling us.

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Stop it! Stop re-publishing this same article! JUST STOP IT ALREADY!!!

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Wow. This is OLD news. Must be hurting for material nowadays...

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This bloody article every 3 days. About repetitive shit story line tv series .

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Space my ass, everyone knows it’s those filthy Chinese wetmarkets

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This article is on the front page again? Its been showing up here and in my news feed for months now. Get rid of this story seriously.

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@xZedZdeDx: And again today... Why? Do any actual humans work at Gamespot anymore or is there just a random article generator that puts random articles up and is glitched out and keep recycling old news??

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@xZedZdeDx: And today....

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@xZedZdeDx: And again today...

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@xZedZdeDx: ANd again today.

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@xZedZdeDx: And again today.

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And today as well.

@xZedZdeDx said:

@xZedZdeDx: And again today.

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@sweet_jcs: When will it stop!?!?!?

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@xZedZdeDx said:

@sweet_jcs: When will it stop!?!?!?

Just a few more days guys I promise!!

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@xZedZdeDx: And again today...

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@xZedZdeDx: hey guess what...today as well

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@sweet_jcs: And again today!

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And again today...

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@xZedZdeDx: What's that you say? Updated 2 hrs ago

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@sweet_jcs: Gotta love fresh news!

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@xZedZdeDx: It was up again yesterday

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@sweet_jcs: And I missed it!? Well, I hope it hits the front page again soon so I can stay up to speed...

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@xZedZdeDx said:

@sweet_jcs: And I missed it!? Well, I hope it hits the front page again soon so I can stay up to speed...

You have a chance to catch up today

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@sweet_jcs: Phew! I thought I would never see this article again. I was worried there for a sec...

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Pushed to the front of the news cycle yet AGAIN? Man Gamespot is really pushing the limits of recycled garbage.

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How many damn times is this lame ass story going to be pushed to the front of the news stories?

Move on.

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@elementalweapon: No kidding. GS is starting to post the same stories daily. Half the time it's the same stuff they posted last week, labeled new, and not even with updates or anything.

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It was a virus that originated in China and …….

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I kind of admire for him for knowing that how it started isn't important - the series was always about humanity's response to a disaster.

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Season 1 is still better than all of the other seasons put together, by far.

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@jsprunk: I stopped watching last season when the Whisperers came on. It just got completely unrealistic. They risk going to a museum to find a wagon to copy. Any damn kid with a box of LEGO bricks can tell you how to make a wagon! Not to mention they have no clue how much ammunition is in private hands in America if they are already out of ammo on the show.

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@Wraith3 said:

@jsprunk: I stopped watching last season when the Whisperers came on. It just got completely unrealistic. They risk going to a museum to find a wagon to copy. Any damn kid with a box of LEGO bricks can tell you how to make a wagon! Not to mention they have no clue how much ammunition is in private hands in America if they are already out of ammo on the show.

The idea of 'wheels on a box' is easy enough, making them turn and doing it so they're sturdy and how the brakes work? A little more complicated in the details. But... it was a library. Grab some books with instructions.

Also, the ammo existing and find it aren't the same things.

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@jsprunk: I only watch seasons 1-3 and the 2 episodes in season 4 with the Governor. The rest after that are hallow filler episodes

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@tman08: The Negan arc was also interesting. I like how the series showcases how humanities villains can be far worse than the zombies themselves and I felt Negan was the climax of it and they gave him enough backstory to know why he does what he does. The villains that came after were just crazy.

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@jsprunk: True. I stopped watching years ago. Whenever I want to watch it again, I just watch seasons 1-6

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"Night of the Living Dead, a 1968 horror film in which scientists thought reanimated corpses were caused by a returning space probe's explosive radiation."

...that's... not exactly how I remember that.
Anyone else?

Radiation from space, yes, but from a returning space probe? no.

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