You die, you turn. That’s the basic zombie science that underlies much of the drama in The Walking Dead. But is that how viruses work? In my latest episode of Because Science, I get down and dirty with zombie disease.
We have to start with what we know. We know that if you die in The Walking Dead, you turn, but it still seems like getting bitten by a zombie is one of the fastest ways to speed along your demise. Everything about the show implies that a zombie mouth is laden with zombie virus, and that’s the killer. But if everyone’s bloodstream is already brimming with virions, does that make sense?
Above, I offer an alternative explanation — something akin to zombie venom. Because science.