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The Truth behind ‘Fear the Walking Dead’: Showrunners Unveil a Potential Cure for the Zombie Apocalypse

Published on May 29th, 2023 | Updated on May 29th, 2023 | By FanFest

Unraveling the Secrets of “Fear the Walking Dead“: Is a Cure for the Zombie Apocalypse Within Reach?

As the final season of the “TWD” spin-off, “Fear the Walking Dead,” unfolds, recent developments have sparked speculation about the potential discovery of a cure for the zombie apocalypse.

In the second episode of Season 8, titled “Blue Jay,” viewers were introduced to the enigmatic P.A.D.R.E. community, which has been tirelessly searching for a solution to the dreaded zombie bites. In previous seasons of “The Walking Dead,” it was established that turning into a walker after being bitten or scratched by one would usually take several hours. However, Dr. Jenner, in the first season, mentioned that the fastest reanimation he recorded occurred within three minutes.

In the latest episode, June, now going by the alias Blue Jay (portrayed by Jenna Elfman), begins experimenting on test subjects by exposing them to radiation doses. She reveals that she witnessed someone survive a bite longer than anyone else, and that individual had been exposed to radiation. This revelation sheds light on Alicia’s mysterious illness from the previous season, indicating June’s team has made significant progress in slowing down the progression of the zombie infection. Scrutinizing the files shown on-screen, it becomes evident that individuals subjected to June’s treatment have survived for approximately one week at most.

Unfortunately, the limited duration of survival is insufficient for Dwight and Sherry’s son, Finch. In a chilling turn of events, Finch unwillingly becomes June’s latest test subject when the leader of P.A.D.R.E. forces a reanimated zombie head to bite the young boy’s neck. With Finch’s life hanging in the balance, the motivation to find a cure reaches its peak.

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June claims to have halted the zombie infection before, but the amount of radiation required was intolerable. Hence, it is surprising that Finch appears to be in decent health despite sustaining a zombie bite to the neck. Typically, such injuries are swiftly fatal in this universe. Yet, remarkably, Finch seems to be thriving, leaving everyone questioning the reasons behind this unprecedented outcome. Could Finch hold the key to a cure? Or is his current state merely temporary?

To shed light on these developments, showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg were interviewed prior to the season’s premiere. They provided insights into June’s experiments, Finch’s bite, and the connection to Alicia. However, they caution against premature excitement over the prospect of a cure. Chambliss explains that what June and P.A.D.R.E. are attempting on the train is an advanced form of amputation, aimed at removing infected tissue before the infection spreads. Even if successful, it does not constitute a cure capable of ending the zombie apocalypse. However, it could prove invaluable in enabling people to survive, especially in cases where amputating a limb is not a feasible option.

The introduction of radiation as a pivotal element in the final season is a development that builds upon past storylines. Goldberg elaborates on the rationale behind exploring the search for a cure, emphasizing the psychological motivations driving P.A.D.R.E. to subject the children they have sworn to protect to these perilous experiments. While the world-building aspect adds depth to the show and expands the scope of “The Walking Dead” universe, Goldberg underscores that their primary focus was delving into P.A.D.R.E.’s identity and understanding their motives.

Chambliss adds that June’s inspiration for employing radiation as a means to combat the infection stems from witnessing Alicia’s survival after a bite. Furthermore, the specific interest P.A.D.R.E. exhibits in Madison suggests a potential connection, potentially explaining why they draw her blood. These interconnected elements intertwine with the ongoing narrative, both in the story told thus far and the one

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