The Walking Dead has moved on from what made the television series great, a father trying to give his son a safe world to live in despite it being overrun by the undead. Long gone are the great storylines and characters inspired by the comics and replaced by generic situations and run of the mill zombie tropes. However, one of the television spin-offs have done something the comics NEVER did. Explain where the zombie virus came from.
In the clip above its revealed the virus originated in a French lab. The French created the original virus outbreak in The Walking Dead “Les morts sont nés ici” which means “The dead are born here.”
This important scene was tacked on as an after credits scenes to one of the most maligned and pointless TWD spin-offs, The Walking Dead World Beyond which thankfully came to a series end on Sunday night.
Per Den of Geek:
In the after credits scenes, a woman, later revealed to be a doctor or medical scientist, arrives at the french lab and watches an old video transmission from a Jenner who you might remember from the season one finale of TWD. Her computer time is interrupted by the arrival of a man who points a gun at her.
The conversation between these two unnamed characters is very revealing. It’s all in French too so subtitles very helpfully transcribe the entirety of it as follows:
Gunman: Are you one of the doctors?
Gunman: You’ve been running…hiding all this time?
Gunman: Are you a member of the Primrose team?
Doctor: No. Violet.
Gunman: Where is the Primrose team? What happened to them?
Doctor: They weren’t here when it happened. When you all did what you did. They were at the conference. In Toledo.
Gunman: In Spain?
Doctor: Ohio. America. I hoped against hope that they…were here. That somehow they came back. And that they were working. And that they were close.
Gunman: Why would you come back?
Doctor: I was tired of running. And I had that hope against hope. And I had to try. If they were to return here…to their work. They might end all this…even after all this time.
Gunman: They should be dead. If they aren’t…and they somehow come back like you…we won’t jail them like the others. We’ll kill them. End this? You started this. All the teams. Then…you made it worse.
Well, there is a LOT we can glean from that. It’s unknown who the gunman is or what organization he is with, but if he’s right, then French medical researchers were responsible for both the start of the zombie apocalypse and for “making it worse.” The fact that the doctor doesn’t dispute any of these claims makes it likely that these teams of French doctors, two of which are named “Primrose” and “Violet”, caused the end of the world. Any doctor who could be found has been jailed for their crimes.
Then, at the end of this post-credit scene, we see yet one more example of the zombie virus operating unusually. The gunman shoots the doctor in the back and within seconds of her dying, her zombified corpse springs into action, runs to the door, and vigorously claws at it as if it is trying to immediately avenge its death. Quite simply, we have never seen a zombie operate with this level of speed and savagery.
So with the virus mutating can we expect to see running zombies in future Walking Dead shows? It would make the series scary again at the very least…