What caused the apocalypse?

Discussion in 'The Walking Dead & Fear The Walking Dead' started by XtremelyBaneful, Jun 25, 2014.

  1. XtremelyBaneful

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    I recently just saw part of the first episode of the walkin dead, and I have to say the most horrifying part was when Rick (and subsequently we) saw that ravaged body of the nurse on the floor of the hospital. It begs the question that since her head was still intact, why wasn't it zombified?

    Anyways, I have read that in this universe, zombies outnumber humans 5,000 to 1. This means 1 of 2 things.

    One, it means that (assuming this all takes place in the 21st century) that there are about 1,400,000 humans left WORLDWIDE.

    Two, because of this, whatever the cause was, it was likely airborne or waterborne and caused about 6,998,600,000 to die/turn into zombies right away and the rest of the living, doomed to become zombies after they die. So this was a really bad thing, what could have been so bad that it made so many people die? Morgan from the first episode talks about a fever that killed his wife, a really hot one, but is that where the trail dead ends?

    A killer fever that's just so bad that it makes brain dead people come back to life? In the sense that they exist only to sustain themselves?

    Honestly I hope both the comic and show have a happy ending. They said the show will last for about 12 seasons so it'll be around for a while.
     
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  2. KevanG

    KevanG Pragmatic Villain

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    Zombies did. That's about all you'll ever get because they never explain it.
     
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  3. XtremelyBaneful

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    The majority of the population just randomly became zombies. You're saying they're never ever gonna reveal what happened?
     
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    KevanG Pragmatic Villain

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    It's been over 100 issues in the comics without one and the creator said that he never really wanted to have any reason for it.
     
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  5. XtremelyBaneful

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    meh, not really digging that answer. the franchise will be around for a while so hopefully he'll change his mind
     
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  6. KevanG

    KevanG Pragmatic Villain

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    Well look at how it is now. They have no technology since everything runs off electricity, only basic farming abilities and guns. They exist on what the world had before so there's a good chance they'll never find out what happened as they really have no way to. Besides, even if they did figure out what caused it, nothing could possibly change. The walkers are there and it's not much of an issue to figure out how they become walkers as it is how to survive them.

    Whether it's voodoo, aliens or magic, it's about survival in the end so the reason isn't that big a deal beyond curiosity.
     
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  7. XtremelyBaneful

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    I wouldn't want to be alive if I lived in a universe in which zombies existed, just throwing that out there. Too much effort trying to survive in an unhappy world, so **** it.

    And you're probably right that there's a good chance they'll never find out therefore we will never find out but that doesn't mean it's hopeless. I think the zombies that are already zombies are done for but they can throw out a cure that could fix the problem for living humans - like how they cured the genophage in Me3.
     
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    I don't see how they could possibly get any type of cure. Even if they did make a vaccine, even though the zombie bit is more like magic than a virus, they would have no way to distribute it to people. Besides it would only stop people from turning into zombies after they die. The billions of them out there would still be there.

    ME3 had crazy Magitech to use to handwave a cure for the genophage and access to something that could cover a planet in magic dots of light to cure people. They have guns and very little else.
     
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    Or something like World War Z. Where the Zombies ignore you
     
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  10. mocomic

    mocomic Philistian by choice

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    My hope is the newborn like baby Judith will be immune.
     
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  11. XtremelyBaneful

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    yeah, that would be an interesting start actually
     
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  12. KevanG

    KevanG Pragmatic Villain

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    Baby Judith...

    Anyone else read the comics with her in them?

    She dies with Lori during the prison invasion.
     
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  13. XtremelyBaneful

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    yeah which is the main reason she'll probably get to live in the tv series.
     
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  14. Tanin

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    Aliens!
     
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  15. KevanG

    KevanG Pragmatic Villain

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    Buncha wusses can't even get the guts to kill off a baby. :o

    Might as well be since nothing about it makes much sense.
     
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  16. Man in the Suit

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    No, it's a horror based show. It should never be explained.

    Kirkman has said he didn't even like the CDC story.
     
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    The whole series is a gritty reboot of Plan 9 from Outer Space.
     
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  18. KevanG

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    There is the secret reason they revealed in the comics that they didn't want to spoil for people so they never mentioned it again. Look up issue 75 and all will be explained.
     
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  19. XtremelyBaneful

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    Nothing about keeping her alive? And what's not making sense to you?
    That's a copout answer. 28 days later had a causation. The pilot with Rick walking around as the sole survivor in a deserted hospital with a nurse's body ravaged with just her head and a room full of zombies following him going into a stairwell where it wreaks so bad he almost can't breath to him walking out and seeing hundreds of bodies lined up and concealed begs my curiosity as to what the **** happened.

    What's CDC?
    why?
    you don't feel like spoiling me yourself?
     
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  20. KevanG

    KevanG Pragmatic Villain

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    It's better if you just read it online or something. I wouldn't want to ruin it for you.
     
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  21. XtremelyBaneful

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    I read it - I don't really get it, the remaining humans fought back? Like what, the aliens revealed themselves and fought the humans and the zombies at the same time and humans won against both threats, eliminating them completely?

    Then Governor becomes the main antagonist?

    edit: you also didn't answer the first quote
     
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  22. KevanG

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    It was a joke. The thing behind issue 75 was that everyone turned into superheroes and aliens attacked and started taking over the planet. That's why it was in color, they became superheroes and everything went bananas in a page and a half.

    So no there is no official explanation for why, it just is.
     
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  23. XtremelyBaneful

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    oh well damn. Still here hoping for an explanation in the future.
     
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  24. zeroapoc

    zeroapoc Eldritch Abomination

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    I don't see why one is needed to enjoy the series.
     
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  25. Evelisse

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    it's sort of what makes the show, i know if me and my small circle of friends were surviving in the walking dead world, we wouldn't spend much of our time looking for a cure. Yes life would suck real bad and I wouldn't want to go on very long in that world.


    They still doing a spinoff? If there were any thoughts about cause or cure, I think it will start there.
     
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