on the Walking Dead everyone is infected by disease yet they only turn into a zombie if they are bit by one or die? Am I missing something?

Can someone explain this to me? So the show starts out by you turn into a zombie if your bit by one ... the next season Rick is told by the CDC guy that everyone is affected so why the hell isn't everyone a zombie?

3 Answers

  • Anonymous
    7 months ago

    Everyone becomes a zombie _when they die_ because they're already infected. The bite kills them.

  • 7 months ago

    The idea is that everyone is a carrier of the disease that turns you into a zombie when you die.  Thus when someone dies, FOR ANY REASON, they become a zombie moments later.  Exactly how long it takes varies by dramatic timing.  The only exception to this rule is if you die due to brain damage.

    Being bitten by a zombie carries the additional problem of the zombie's bite being infectious.  This infection doesn't do anything but kill.  But since everyone's already a carrier of the main disease, it can SEEM like the zombie bite turned you into a zombie when in fact ANY death turns you.  The bite just killed you.

    There also was something of a inconsistency.  Early in the show the characters believed that even a SCRATCH from a zombie killed.  This is why they all dressed in riot gear while clearing the prison.  But later, this seems to have been thrown out...it's bites only.  It's possible the characters were just wrong.

  • Anonymous
    7 months ago

    They have a certain level of the infection in their blood, which is kept at bay by the immune system.  Being bitten delivers more pathogens (being bitten by a normal human being can lead to serious infection, not to mention what a zombie bite would do) as well as a large number of nasty bacteria in general.  This kills the victim.  But as long as you're alive and not exposed to higher levels of the virus or whatever element causes zombiefication, you're not a zombie.  It just takes over when you die.

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