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What caused The Walking Dead’s apocalypse? Robert Kirkman responds

Published: 17/Jul/2020 18:19 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 15:01

by Daniel Cleary

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Popular comic book writer Robert Kirkman has finally responded to rumors about what could’ve caused the zombie apocalypse to start in AMC’s hit TV show, The Walking Dead.

Since it first aired back in 2010, The Walking Dead has become one of the most-watched TV series in the US, pulling in millions of viewers for its post-apocalyptic action.

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While the show follows a group of survivors led by Sheriff Rick Grimes, who is portrayed by Andrew Lincoln, it has never revealed just what was initially turning people into zombies.

What started the apocalypse in The Walking Dead?

Fans of the show have come up with plenty of theories themselves on what could have kicked the deadly infection off, but none of them have ever been confirmed.

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One fan reached out to The Walking Dead writer and executive producer Robert Kirkman about what exactly happened at Ground Zero, and surprisingly received an answer.

Although it has remained a mystery for quite a while, he replied, suggesting that the infection could have come from a different planet entirely.

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Robert Kirkman’s now-deleted tweet had many fans questioning the origin of The Walking Dead’s infection.

“Space spore,” he simply responded, which was later retweeted by The Walking Dead’s official account, although his response seemingly raised more questions than it answered.

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The popular writer has been known for trolling some of his followers in the past, which led to many becoming suspicious of his claims the infection actually came from space.

He later deleted the tweet and responded to some of the rumors regarding the start of the apocalypse, clarifying that it was, in fact, a joke, opening up endless possibilities about what could’ve happened, yet again.

While the true cause still remains unknown, it is quite possible that it could be revealed in a future episode or in TWD’s spin-off, Fear the Walking Dead, however fans will likely have to wait a little longer to find out for sure.

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Homelander is finally going to be “let off the leash” in The Boys Season 3

Published: 16/Oct/2020 5:48

by Isaac McIntyre

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Homelander is finally going to be “let off the leash” in The Boys Season 3, after Anthony Starr’s twisted Superman stand-in was left defeated and hungry for revenge in the Amazon show’s shocking Season 2 finale.

Buckle up The Boys fans; the show’s third season is going to be “wild.” 

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Homelander has done some pretty awful things in Amazon’s latest hit superhero show ⁠— crashing a few planes, drinking mother’s milk, creating ‘superterrorists’… you know, the whole shebang ⁠— but apparently we ain’t seen nothing yet.

Anthony Starr’s supremely watchable, totally evil Superman analogy had a rollercoaster arc in The Boys’ sophomore season. He tried to be a dad, started dating a real Nazi superhero, and lost the only thing he still cared about: his son.

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Homelander was run through the ringer in the closing episodes of The Boys Season 2.
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Homelander was run through the ringer in the closing episodes of The Boys Season 2.

The last we saw him, Homelander was watching over New York, pants off. The Vought hero was mumbling “I can do whatever I want” right before one last twist scene, and, according to Starr, that’s exactly what we’re going to see him do next.

“There are two words Eric [Kripke, The Boys showrunner] told me about Season 3,” Starr told Collider soon after Season 2’s finale. “His description for Homelander: two words, homicidal maniac. That’s all I know.” Certainly seems chilling.

There’s a few other ways Starr described next season’s arc too: “off the leash,” “unhinged,” and “exacting revenge,” all came up. Homelander will have his eyes set on one thing; revenge on the people that took his son and defeated Stormfront.

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“If you look at the end of Season 2, some should be more scared than others,” he continued. “William Butcher [Karl Urban] should always have alarm bells ringing in his head. I think some people have firmly put themselves in the line of fire.”

Homelander's arch-nemesis Billy Butcher could be in a spot of bother next season.
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Homelander’s arch-nemesis Billy Butcher could be in a spot of bother next season.

How it may look when Homelander is finally “let off the leash” remains to be seen. We did get a glimpse into one possible future already though when Homelander imagined himself killing [slaughtering] a group of protesters in the show’s thirteenth episode.

It was terrifying, visceral, but it was all in his imagination.

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In Season 3, that might not be the case. We’re going to have to sit on our hands for a while, but when it does arrive ⁠— likely 2022 ⁠— it should be worth the wait.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Starr said. “It’ll be really fun… seeing him go unhinged.”

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The unhinged hero imagined himself mowing down civilians in Season 2. Will we see him go even further next time around?
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The unhinged hero imagined himself mowing down civilians in Season 2. Will we see him go even further next time around?

Whatever road Homelander takes, showrunner Eric Kripke is totally on board. He has already promised “some of the wildest sh*t ever” in the third season of his Amazon superhero show.

Then there’s also a new spinoff, an unnamed teen school series, set to arrive on Amazon in the near future. It’s been described as “part college show, part Hunger Games.” The series is expected to premiere after The Boys Season 3.

Season 3 begins filming early 2021. The first episode will be called “Payback.”