Following the premiere of both The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, the internet has been rife with speculation over just what might have caused the viral outbreak that will ultimately culminate in a zombie apocalypse.
While showrunner Dave Erickson has confirmed that audiences will unfortunately never learn what exactly it was that caused the outbreak of the virus leading to the apocalypse, there are still a number of theories out there, each possible in their own way. In fact, in a way it's probably for the best that we'll never learn exactly how the outbreak began, because for now we get to believe it was due to our favorite theory.
However, after watching the pilot episode of Fear, Dustin Rowles over at Uproxx, believes we may have been given a clue to the origin of the zombie virus. Take a look at the evidence, and be sure to tell me in the comments if you agree, or if you have a theory of your own.
Gloria, our earliest known zombie
The first zombie we see in Fear is Gloria, Nick's fellow junkie. While Gloria certainly isn't Patient Zero (due to Tobias referencing the spate of murders and deaths across five states later in the episode), she may be the first zombie in LA. While it's pretty easy to assume that she overdosed and died, what isn't as easy to figure out is how she contracted the virus.
Dr. Jenner mentioned in Season 1, episode of The Walking Dead, the zombie virus is in all of us, meaning all humans will turn to zombies once they die, but the questions till remains, how did it get there?
Gloria was a junkie, and so it could be entirely possible that she contracted the virus through a bad batch of drugs, or if not illegal drugs then possibly through vaccines such as the 'flu shot. Many of you may remember that Madison did make reference to getting her 'flu shot later on in the episode. However, as much as the anti-vaccers might love this theory, it doesn't really hold up due to the fact that not every person in the world has access to drugs and/or vaccines, and every person in the world has supposedly infected.
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Every person in the world needs to drink water to survive, therefore it stands to reason that this could definitely be an explanation as to how the world's population got infected. Sadly though, it's not as likely as you may think due to water supplies being closed systems. With each city having different water supplies, it would make it incredibly unlikely that the virus spread that way.
If it seems implausible that the virus spread through drugs or the water supply, how about an airborne virus that was reigned down by some sort of God or alien-like entity? It may sound far fetched, but then again so does a zombie apocalypse in general. Uproxx suggests that, given the circumstances today with the melting ice caps, and rising sea levels and temperatures, perhaps it's truly the ideal time for Mother Nature to take a big crap all over humanity, and kill off 99% of the population with a horrific virus.
As Travis said himself in Episode 1 of Fear the Walking Dead, perhaps giving away a big hint: "nature always wins," and after seven seasons of The Walking Dead it's easy to see that nature certainly is winning, with the world being quickly reclaimed by greenery. What do you think?