The creators of the spin-off detail what this strange sequence means in a French lab and already specify that it should not be seen as “a total overhaul of the entire franchise”.
This is what you might call a “game changer”. A sequence capable of totally revolutionizing the universe of The walking dead ! The final of World Beyond ended with an improbable post-credits scene, which suggests that the end of the world was brought about by a laboratory… in France! Attention spoilers!
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Welcome to this biomedical lab, called “La Biomedicine”, as it is obviously called. A researcher who worked there – we do not know when or on what – arrives to recover files and in particular the exchanges she had with the American CDC and Dr. Edwin Jenner (Noah Emmerich), whom we had met there. a decade ago, in Season 1 of the original series. The scientist, despite her American accent to cut with a knife, is supposed to be French and one can read, on the walls of this abandoned complex, painted in large letters and in French in the text, this scathing biblical message: “The Dead are born here”. That seems clear and explicit! The virus that turned humanity into “walkers” comes from France …
Or not ! Scott Gimple, the boss of the franchise, tempers in the wake in EW : “Don’t just categorically believe everything you read written with paint. It might be true, but I wouldn’t say it’s true because it was painted on this wall … “ The co-creator of World Beyond does not therefore confirm at all its own post-credit scene, preferring to leave the fans in the most total vagueness … and especially opening the door to the continuation.
Because this sequence will indeed have consequences: “This is a glimpse of a story that we are going to tell. And I speak about it because it is certain. “ Where ? When ? In which series? “I certainly wouldn’t tell you! “ Gimple answers, very evasive.
We still hear, in this scene, a man threatening the French scientist by throwing at her with aplomb: “You want to end it all? But you are the one causing it!” What to reinforce a little more the idea that this lab created the zombie pandemic …
Or not ! “Damn it. I know the answer, but I don’t want to … Yeah, I’m not going to say it either. I’m tempted, but … ” Scott Gimple refuses to shed more light on this strange bonus scene, yet so important, a priori, in the universe of Walking dead. It just confirms the notion of a “new variant”. Because after being executed by this mysterious guardian, the scientist eager to continue her research suddenly turns into a hyper-aggressive “walker”. Visibly livelier and stronger than the usual zombies in the series, this version 2.0 heralds a new era in Walking dead…
Or not ! Scott Gimple first specifies that this variant does not give “super powers“to the living dead. Then he reveals that it is”not necessarily the final state of this walker. Jenner was very intrigued by the things he was hearing, by the differences …. and that’s a big part of the story or the environment that we’re going to potentially be telling another story in (…) is it will be a total overhaul of the whole franchise? No, this is not the case. It’s a specific twist to a story we’ll tell in another place. Who knows, maybe later in the franchise? But for now, we have plans to tell this story about things that happen in a very specific place … “
What is he talking about ? Mystery! Likely from a new upcoming spin-off and possibly an arc told in Tales of the Walking Dead, the future derivative series already announced. So don’t expect the zombies to run fiercely at Alicia or Maggie in the sequel. Fear Where The walking dead. This scene was clearly not as “game changer” as it appeared to be.