Robert Kirkman: There will never be a cure on ‘The Walking Dead’

The Walking Dead, Season 8. Photo Credit: Courtesy AMC
The Walking Dead, Season 8. Photo Credit: Courtesy AMC /

The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman recently told fans that there will never be a “cure” introduced into the story, and gave his reasons why.

Millions of people love watching The Walking Dead, and the fan discussion and theories on the series is never-ending. Without a doubt, the origins and potential cure for the “virus” is one of the hottest topics of debate. It makes sense, as even after so many years on the air, we are no closer now than we were then to getting answers.

Inevitably, some fans start to ask the question of if there will ever be a cure? Might someone be revealed to be immune, or do our survivors figure out some other way to effectively cure this disease?

At San Diego Comic Con 2017, creator Robert Kirkman answered these questions at a Walking Dead panel. While he thinks asking about a cure is a great and interesting question, it’s not something that’s actually going to happen on the show. Here’s what Kirkman says about these questions, courtesy of NME:

"“But as far as actually trying to solve the thing, I’ve always thought that one of the best things about this show is that it’s not about scientists and it’s not about people that would take that on as a task – because I feel like that’s unrelatable.”"

What Kirkman is saying is that it’s incredibly unlikely the everyday joes in our group would have the slightest clue about solving this unheard-of virus. If the scientists at the CDC couldn’t do it, how could a redneck like Daryl Dixon?

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Kirkman could have made this story focus on scientists, instead, and have the show be about curing the zombie virus. But that’s a story that’s just been done too many times already, and staying away from that angle is what makes The Walking Dead different.