While we may not be ready to answer all the questions about the current global pandemic, Robert Kirkman is pretty much ready to answer what caused the zombie pandemic in The Walking Dead.


For the ones who are following The Walking Dead since Grimes first awoke in 2003, this revelation was crucial to show up. It is perhaps impressive that the creator of the series, Kirkman, has kept his cards hidden considering that the franchise would expand to every single media entity; books, TV shows, video games, and whatnot. Now that we have reached a point where it is essential to unfold many things about the series, Kirkman has decided to dole out a little service for the fans here.

Over the 193 issues of the comic and three TV series set in Kirkman’s post-apocalyptic world, fans have seen survivors navigating every bit of them without any understanding of the virus’ origin. Well, the scenario won’t be the same anymore. Kirkman confirmed on Twitter that the origin is aliens.


In the original comic series, Georgia cop Rick Grimes awakens from a coma caused by a gunshot. Soon, he discovers that when he was asleep, the society had been dismantled by an infectious virus, roamers, in series parlance. Earlier, it was revealed in the series that every human in the world is going to get infected by the zombie pathogen. The zombie bites accelerate the transformation known as zombification. As Kirkman revealed, the cause is extraterrestrial in nature.

Kirkman confirmed this on Twitter by writing “Space spore”. He has echoed this multiple times that his entire magnum is a result of supposition, “What if a zombie movie just kept going?” In this regard, the space spore explanation could be just homage to Romero where the zombie apocalypse has been instigated by a radiation release from space to Venus.


With that said, fans were not that sure to get a straightforward answer from Kirkman about the virus’ origin in The Walking Dead. Recently, in 2018, in a general Q&A session on Tumblr, Kirkman dismissed the conversation of revealing the source by telling “Maybe years after it’s all over I’ll just casually mention it in an interview, which seems like a very J.K. Rowling thing to do.” Apparently, because of curious fans, it seemed like Kirkman found Rowling inside his soul.

However, the lack of cure is Kirkman’s one vision regarding the show that makes The Walking Dead a story about ‘surviving’ and not about finding a miraculous cure. Discovering the cure to the virus might undermine the entire plot and premise. But at least now we know officially that what started the pandemic in the first place.

With that said, The Walking Dead airs at 9 PM on AMC (Eastern Time).

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