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A Potentially Game-Changing Cure Has Been Introduced into 'The Walking Dead' Universe

By Dustin Rowles | TV | May 26, 2023 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | May 26, 2023 |


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Last season on Fear the Walking Dead, Alicia Clark died after succumbing to a zombie bite. The “interesting” thing, however, is that she survived her zombie bite for days, weeks, or months. The timeframe is not entirely clear, but what is clear is that Alicia survived a zombie bite longer than anyone else. It is also true that Alicia had been exposed to a lot of radiation because of the nuclear fallout.

Cut to seven years later, and we learn that June had been working with the mysterious PADRE organization on a cure for the zombie virus. It involved radiation. “It was slow and painful. It was worse than dying from the bites,” June said. It was not successful, although it did produce a lot of gnarly hairless zombies covered in radiation burns. There is some question about whether it might have been successful on Morgan’s kid, Mo, who appears to have possibly survived a zombie bite. PADRE thus tried to force June to continue administering treatments, but she refused and ran.

June spent the last several years lying in wait and using dart guns to sedate PADRE passersby, whereupon she cut off one finger because why not? This is Fear the Walking Dead. She subsequently accidentally uses the dart gun on Dwight and Sherry, former allies who had also joined PADRE. Their kid, Finch, needed an appendectomy, so they sought out June, a former nurse, who they believed could perform the surgery.

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June agreed to do so. However, while doing so, members of PADRE located them. They demanded that June restart the radiation treatments. June refused. They gave her an incentive to do so: They intentionally subjected Finch — a kid! — to a zombie bite. They attached a zombie head to a vice, lowered it toward Finch’s body, and allowed it to take a chunk out of the kid’s shoulder so that June would be forced to subject the kid to treatments that would result in a “slow and painful” death … to an eight-year-old. His parents, Dwight and Sherry, had to look on helplessly. It was brutal to watch, which is a rarity for Fear the Walking Dead, which is not as well known for its brutality as the parent series is.

It’s unclear if the treatment will work, or if it did work seven years prior on Mo. If it doesn’t work, an eight-year-old will die a slow and painful death. If it does work (and if Mo also survived a bite thanks to radiation treatment), it could theoretically change the future of The Walking Dead universe as it presumably is headed toward its endgame.