Last night on The Walking Dead: World Beyond, it was the the post-credits scene that stole the entire show. Why? Because it gave us a glimpse into how CRM is trying to find a cure to the infection that has caused the zombie apocalypse. Yet, that scene has even greater importance than you may have recognized. It was so subtle, though it answered one of the longest running mysteries on The Walking Dead. Why was everything labeled ‘A’ and why were some people labeled ‘A’ and ‘B’.
The CRM (the group that took Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln)) is seen testing some sort of compound on test subjects to see if they respond after reanimation. “Test subject displays no detectable response to psychological stimuli. Necrotic plasma and brain fluid are being drawn for further testing,” said a scientist seen conducting the testing. “Results are being compared to tests during and immediately following reanimation.”
What is the most interesting part of the testing is that the scientist refers to the test subject as “TSA402”, and the next one as “Test Subject A403”. In other words, the test subjects are A’s, which answers at least one half of the question we have been wondering for several seasons of The Walking Dead
What is an ‘A’ and what is a ‘B’? The A’s are clearly test subjects, who are being used to help find a cure. B’s appear to be useful individuals who can help further the CRM alive, based on Jadis’ (Pollyanna McIntosh) interaction with the CRM.
What’s interesting is that the scientist conducting the experiments has a photo on her desk, which they close the scene with. Pictured in the photo are herself, Hope’s Dad, the test subject (also a doctor), and an unknown fourth man. Does this mean that doctors are being used as test subjects? Does this also mean that Hope and Iris’ father is in danger? We will most likely find out.
When the CRM picked up Rick Grimes on The Walking Dead, Jadis said to someone in the helicopter pilot of Rick, “I have a B. Not an A. I never had an A. He’s hurt, but he’s strong.” That suggests that Jadis had originally planned on turning someone over to be a test subject for CRM, but — because Rick saved her life — she decided to turn him in as a B, whose life would be saved by CRM. Thus, B’s are more likely be useful to the CRM.
A longstanding theory on Rick’s status has been that he is either too injured to return to his family OR that he is actually infected and is undergoing some sort of treatment to stay alive and can’t travel far. This second theory is immediately debunked, as he would immediately been an A and not a B.
Rick Grimes is definitely alive. Now what is holding him back from finding his family?
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