'Worry the Strolling Lifeless' simply appeared to introduce a treatment to the zombie apocalypse. The showrunners inform us what's actually occurring.

  • Warning: There are spoilers forward for the ultimate season of “Worry the Strolling Lifeless.”
  • June (Jenna Elfman) seemingly discovered a approach to include the zombie virus within the “TWD” universe utilizing radiation. 
  • “Worry TWD” showrunners informed Insider it is not a treatment. Finch performs an vital position shifting ahead.

Did “Worry the Strolling Lifeless” simply introduce a possible treatment to the zombie apocalypse on its ultimate season?

Current occasions on the “TWD” spin-off certain make it seem to be that might be the case.

On season eight, episode two, “Blue Jay,” we discovered the mysterious P.A.D.R.E. neighborhood has been looking for a treatment for zombie bites for a while. 

Prior to now, when you had been bit or scratched by a walker it sometimes took just a few hours to show into one of many undead. On the primary season of “The Strolling Lifeless,” Dr. Jenner mentioned the quickest report he recorded of a reanimation was three minutes. 

June (Jenna Elfman), who goes by the codename Blue Jay now, begins experimenting on check topics by exposing them to doses of radiation.

“I noticed somebody survive a chunk longer than anybody I had ever seen and he or she had been uncovered to radiation,” June mentioned, whereas lastly explaining Alicia’s (Alycia Debnam-Carey) thriller sickness final season. 

June’s workforce made some actual headway in slowing down the progress of the zombie an infection. 

After taking a detailed learn by way of the recordsdata proven on-screen, folks have survived a few week tops with June’s therapy.

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A have a look at the outcomes of a few of June’s experiments on “Worry TWD.”

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Sadly, just a few days aren’t going to be adequate for Dwight and Sherry’s son, Finch.

On the finish of episode two, he unwillingly turned June’s newest check topic after the chief of P.A.D.R.E. compelled a reanimated zombie head to clamp down on the child’s neck.

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Finch will get bit within the neck on “Worry the Strolling Lifeless” season eight, episode two.


The motivation and stakes to discover a treatment have by no means been greater.  

June claimed that she was capable of cease the zombie an infection as soon as. Sadly, the quantity of radiation it took to take action was insupportable. 

So it is wild that Finch is shockingly in respectable well being on this week’s episode regardless of taking a zombie chunk to the neck.

In every other occasion, related accidents have confirmed virtually immediately deadly on this universe. However miraculously, Finch does not look like clinging to life in the intervening time. He is taking it like a champ and oddly appears to be thriving.

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It is acknowledged that Finch is “thriving” on season eight, episode three.


What is going on on? Is that this child the treatment? Is he briefly OK?

Earlier than the season started, Insider requested showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg all about June’s experiments, Finch’s walker chunk, and the connection to Alicia.

Do not get too excited a few treatment simply but. It looks like June could have simply discovered a approach to extend the an infection from taking on.

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Is June the hero of the walker apocalypse?

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Did June simply uncover the treatment to the walker apocalypse?

Chambliss: Effectively, if she did then she deserves a Nobel Prize. However the one factor we should always say is that, what she was doing on that practice, what P.A.D.R.E.’s doing on that practice, actually is akin to type of a extra superior type of amputation. It is attempting to take away the contaminated tissue earlier than the an infection can unfold.

So even when what they’re doing in that practice finally ends up working, it is not a treatment. It isn’t going to finish the zombie apocalypse. It will definitely be a really great tool to have to permit folks to outlive, significantly when you get bit someplace the place you’ll be able to’t simply chop off an arm or a leg.

I feel lots of people thought introducing radiation to “Worry the Strolling Lifeless” final season could have been slightly foolish. However, now, it performs such a serious position on this ultimate season as a result of, as we study on episode two, P.A.D.R.E. was and nonetheless is looking for this treatment to walker bites.

What impressed this seek for a treatment to be part of the ultimate season and was this all the time a part of your plan — introducing the radiation on the collection as a approach to hopefully discover a treatment? Or is it a part of the bigger world-building for “The Strolling Lifeless” universe? We all know there have been characters on “The Strolling Lifeless: World Past” spin-off who’ve additionally been working trials for potential cures.

Alicia and her mom, Madison, on "Fear TWD"

Since Alicia was dwelling for thus lengthy with a walker chunk due to her publicity to radiation, P.A.D.R.E. has been testing her mom, Madison’s, blood.

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Goldberg: The truth that June was utilizing radiation as a part of this therapy is definitely an echo of components that we have introduced into the present up to now. However what us essentially the most about these had been the psychology behind why P.A.D.R.E. would need to do them within the first place and what’s driving them that they might topic the children that they’ve sworn to guard to those experiments, which very a lot put their lives, in peril.

On the finish of the day that was actually what it was about for us. And we predict the world-building is cool, too, and what it does, the form of aperture that it opens to the remainder of the universe.

However, finally it was nearly about P.A.D.R.E. and digging into who they’re and why they’re doing what they’re doing.

Chambliss: June says the preliminary impetus for the concept of utilizing radiation to attempt to kill the an infection was the truth that she noticed Alicia survive a chunk. After which we additionally see P.A.D.R.E. has a really type of particular curiosity in Madison and that, in actual fact, will be the motive they’re drawing her blood. So all of these items are type of tying again into the story we have informed and the story that we are going to inform.

Thanks for mentioning Alicia. Are you able to guys clarify the thought course of that went into introducing Sherry and Dwight’s son Finch, skipping previous the being pregnant and beginning, after which deciding to have him get savagely bit in entrance of his dad and mom?

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We study on season eight, episode two that Dwight and Sherry efficiently had their son, Finch.

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Goldberg: Dwight and Sherry have had a really troublesome street each collectively and individually since they began on “The Strolling Lifeless,” beginning with their journey within the sanctuary, to their separation from one another, discovering one another once more on “Worry,” and eventually bringing them to a hopeful place the place Sherry bought pregnant in season seven. That they had one thing to combat for. After which proper at that second of most hope, it has been ripped out from beneath them.

We study on this episode that Finch has been dwelling, having no concept that both of them are his dad and mom, and this episode type of represents what they assume goes to be an opportunity to be a household. In fact, the alternative occurs. Once they’re beginning to come collectively Finch, you already know, clearly turns into a horrible sufferer of the therapy of P.A.D.R.E.

Dwight and Sherry are simply two characters that it looks like regardless of how far they step ahead, they all the time get kicked again and that is going to check them. They have been to some darkish locations earlier than as a pair and this season is gonna be no exception to that.

It looks like Finch is faring oddly OK proper now on the finish of episode three. And it did make me marvel, did you guys initially need to possibly make Alicia some form of treatment to the walker apocalypse earlier than she left the collection final season?

June mentions her title as inspiration within the seek for the treatment and it looks like possibly Dwight and Sherry’s son is possibly now being positioned for that potential position.

Chambliss: [Laughs.] No. So, that was not the plan.

However, Finch will play an vital position going ahead each in the way in which that he motivates Dwight and Sherry and likewise in the way in which that P.A.D.R.E. is ready to see what occurs with their experiment. 

This interview has been calmly edited and condensed for readability. The primary half of the ultimate season of “Worry the Strolling Lifeless” continues to air Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC and is offered to stream on AMC+