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So far on The Walking Dead, we've seen Rick and his group fight. A lot. They've fought the undead, the Governor, the Claimers, the Wolves, a nasty flu-like virus, and even themselves. What could their future hold if the show follows the comics? They're going to start off by fighting Negan and the Saviors, and after that, most likely the Whisperers. So. Much. Fighting!

By the time the show gets to Season 10, the viewers are going to be getting tired of all the damn fighting. Since Rick put down Teddy Bear Girl in Season 1, there have been only a few storylines that didn't involve fighting, like the survivors' time in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And even then, the damn place ended up blowing up. But before Dr. Jenner got fricasseed, the show introduced a thrilling concept: someone, somewhere, was possibly close to finding a cure. It was the same with Eugene, until he admitted he lied about knowing how to save the world. For a brief moment, the viewers had the hope that maybe there was a light at the end of the tunnel. Let's explore other storylines that haven't been in the comics or the show yet that might someday give us a break from all the death and destruction.

1. The Cause

The building blocks of life [Credit: pixabay]
The building blocks of life [Credit: pixabay]

In nearly every movie with zombies (or something like zombies) we've seen, there's been some sort of explanation as to why the dead were rising. Monkeys in 28 Days, Leaf's dragonglass dagger in Game of Thrones, the uber-evil Umbrella Corporation in Resident Evil, and the Necronomicon in Army of Darkness are just a few examples of the audience being shown how the walking dead came to be.

The Walking Dead might want to entertain this idea, and soon, before all this fighting results in something horrific, like the death of Daryl Dixon.

2. The Cure

'World War Z' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]
'World War Z' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]

They may not have found a cure in World War Z, but Brad Pitt's Gerry Lane figured out that the undead will leave you the hell alone if you've got a life-threatening illness. and gang have to wear walker guts to go walk through a crowd of geeks.

Or maybe Eugene was actually onto something? Maybe Washington D.C., despite MulletMan lying through his teeth to survive, does hold the answer.

Almost two years ago, I pondered about the possibility of kids being the key to the end. Seeing how everyone's got the virus already, maybe evolution takes over and every child who is born with the walker virus in them is immune to bites.

That's a lot of maybes, but here's one more: maybe The Walking Dead will explore a cure sooner or later.

3. Rick Grimes Has A Brother!

'The Walking Dead: The Alien' [Credit: Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin.]
'The Walking Dead: The Alien' [Credit: Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin.]

Back in 2016, sprung this on us:

There's another Grimes running around out there, according to The Walking Dead comics, and a one-shot comic called The Alien. His name is Jeff Grimes and he lives in Spain, and introducing him to the show would be a twist nobody would see coming--except, of course, for comic readers.

The family has lost so much and so many people; it would fantastic to have his little brother Jeff show up. Seeing as how Rick has never mentioned him to anyone, he might be his estranged little brother. But still, how sweet would that be?

4. Take To The Skies

'The Walking Dead' [Credit: AMC]
'The Walking Dead' [Credit: AMC]

Seriously, it's only been what, a couple of years since the outbreak began? There has to be quite a few helicopters in hangers somewhere that are still flyable, and a pilot or two still alive. If Reg could figure out how to maintain a solar-powered community like Alexandria, and Edwin Jenner could run the CDC all by his lonesome (when he was alive, anyway), then come on Rick! Find a chopper and a pilot, and take it out for a spin. They could fly to D.C., check to see if there's a working CDC, and be back in time for dinner.

Unfortunately, there are no more nighttime helicopter Christmas light tours, unless the Alexandrians let loose their inner Griswolds.

5. Video Game Crossovers

'The Walking Dead' video game [Credit: Telltale Games]
'The Walking Dead' video game [Credit: Telltale Games]

Back in February, in the Letter Hacks section of The Walking Dead comic issue 163, one of the letter writers asked if Clementine, from the Telltale video game, would possibly be appearing on the show soon. Editor Sean Mackiewicz didn't say yes, but he didn't say no, either.

The video game has a whole new world of characters the show could introduce, and Clementine popping up to save Rick or Carl's ass would rock!

What other storylines besides fighting, fighting, and more fighting would you like to see on The Walking Dead? Or are you happy with all that fighting? Let me know below!


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