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The Walking Dead’s Sci-Fi Twist Revealed

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The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has finally put to bed speculation as to the cause of the original zombie outbreak in his long-running comic book series, and television spin-off.

Six months removed from the very unexpected final issue of The Walking Dead comic, Kirkman was asked by a fan to reveal the origin of his shuffling antagonists, and the answer – although possible sarcastic – was simply “Space spore”.

The intergalactic origin story may seem like an off-the-cuff retort, but is actually in keeping with a similar answer Kirkman gave during an interview back in 2018 in which he said the zombie infection and resulting calamity was all caused by “a crazy sci-fi thing that would make the story all that much weirder.” So it looks like this might have been his idea from the get-go, although it is obvious no one within The Walking Dead universe will ever find this out because let’s be honest, what difference would it actually make at this point?

So there you have it. The whole Walking Dead situation was caused by aliens. Those bastards!

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