Total Nerd 20 Insane Fan Theories About The Walking Dead  

Lisa Waugh
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On this hilltop, you can see SPOILERS everywhere. This list discusses events from The Walking Dead up to the end of season six, so check back in when you’re caught up. 

The Walking Dead fan theories: everybody’s got ‘em. Some are steeped in the original comics. Others were born on late night Reddit threads. Many fan theories are totally plausible in this Robert Kirkland and Scott Gimple (by way of Frank Darabont) world. Others are delightfully ridiculous. But if you’re a fan of the show, comics, or both, The Walking Dead conspiracy theories are part of the deal.

The Walking Dead theory examples: Is Rick immortal, the leader of a blood-thirsty gang, or making all of this up inside his comatose brain pan? Will Negan kill Maggie, Daryl, or finally get around to Glenn as depicted in the comics? Or will he kill someone else entirely? Maybe Carol, Abraham, or Morgan?

There's lots to ponder, for sure. As the seasons wear on, fan theories about The Walking Dead characters shift and change. Are Rick and Co. the good guys or the bad guys? Will Carl survive into old age to tell the next generation about the world before? Check out these popular Walking Dead fan theories before Negan gets here and all hell breaks loose.
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Carl Is Telling This Story as an Old Man

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Ever wonder why they don’t just kill Carl? He seems to be fireproof. Even his hat survives the most grisly attacks, especially when he loses an eye. Maybe the reason Carl survives is that the entire series is Carl, as an old man, remembering the heroes who made the new world possible.
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Eventually All of the Walkers Will Decompose, Man Will Still Be His Own Worst Enemy

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Sure, you may have some chompers growing out of a tree or see a skull pop up in a storm drain, but eventually the world’s zombie population will die out. Considering that we’re just a few years into the apocalypse on The Walking Dead, our heroes have a ways to go before Walker herds are a thing of the past. Enid and Carl’s grandchildren may only know this world through storytelling. And getting stabbed in the head on your deathbed is no big. 
The biggest threat will be war between surviving groups, separated by geography and leadership philosophies. TWD may end in the middle of a civil war, with an insane battle scene.
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Babies Don’t Have the Virus and We Find Out in a Terrible Way

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Redditor jonkurtis posted a theory that many fans have held for a long time. Those born just after the apocalypse are immune from the virus. The way we’ll find this out? Judith will die and not turn.
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It Was Just All Rick’s Coma Dream

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We’ve been watching this crazy world from inside Rick’s fevered brain as he lies in a coma. All of the characters in the world work at the hospital. Hershel’s the doctor. Maggie is a nurse. Daryl is probably a patient in the bed next to Rick’s. Carol is a badass surgeon. The hospital food is worthy of Terminus, etc.  
Kirkman debunked the theory on Twitter saying, “Rick is NOT still in a coma. The events of TWD are definitely happening.” But he did fling this fan theory pizza up on the roof about Carl. "He actually NEVER found his family. He’s been crazy since he killed his first zombie. #joking?”