TWD: Civic Republic's Plan To Eradicate Zombies Explained (& Why It Won't Work)

Warning: Spoilers ahead for The Walking Dead: World Beyond season 2 episode 2.

A flawed plan to rid the world of all zombies in The Walking Dead: World Beyond season 2 has just been laid out by the show's villains. Apparently, the scientists working for the CRM in the spinoff series have big ambitions in terms of what they can do for the world. Instead of just rebuilding civilization, they’re working on a project that would – in theory – eradicate the zombies from the face of the planet.

Throughout Walking Dead: World Beyond season 1, viewers learned quite a lot about the mysterious organization that abducted Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) in The Walking Dead season 9. And now that Hope (Alexa Mansour) is with the CRM, season 2 is proving to be even more illuminating than the previous season. Through Elizabeth Kublek (Julia Ormond) and Lyla Bradshaw (Natalie Gold), Hope is in the process of developing a better understanding of who these people really are, what they want to accomplish, and how they intend to do it. During a tour of their facilities in The Walking Dead: World Beyond season 2, episode 2, Hope found out from Belshaw that the Civic Republic sees its mission as the elimination of all zombies.

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According to Belshaw, the Civic Republic’s plan is to figure out what it is in the human body that causes people to turn into zombies. The idea is that they can one day use the answer to this mystery to “turn off those triggers”. If such a feat can be pulled off, the zombies would be eradicated for good. Her explanation was met with understandable skepticism from Hope, who felt it was a bit “far-fetched”. Dr. Bennett’s role in all this is to create a disease, but getting it to spread as far and wide as it would need to would be a difficult – if not impossible – challenge to overcome, not to mention the time and effort it would take to cure the zombie virus.

Infecting every person with this disease just doesn’t seem plausible, and the episode leaves the impression that the CRM knows this too. Belshaw herself referred to the plan as “big picture” thinking, and talked about people like Hope passing down their knowledge to the next generation so that their work would always continue. In other words, Belshaw and the scientists at the CRM don’t seem to have high hopes for a solution during their lifetimes, or even Hope’s. Instead, it feels like the entire project is just a pipedream that’s a bit too ambitious to ever be realistic.

It looks like the Civic Republic is working toward this goal because it provides the people with a purpose in an otherwise hopeless world. Scientists like Belshaw and Hope’s father in Walking Dead: World Beyond could be attached to this project for decades without any real progress ever being made. What they share is an optimistic view of The Walking Dead's zombie apocalypse, but arguably not a realistic one. Unfortunately for the survivors, the zombies appear to be a threat that won’t be going away anytime soon, which means that it’s best for the CRM to find ways for civilizations to survive despite the zombies, rather than without them.

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