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.
— Robert Kirkman (@RobertKirkman) January 22, 2020
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.
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