Is This Rick's Worst Nightmare?

With the season finale upon us, we thought this was the best time to tell you about our conspiracy obsession. It's possible it all could be Rick's bad dream — find out how!

Andrew Lincoln in The Walking Dead

It's that time of year again when we gather around the watercooler and discuss the many mysteries of The Walking Dead's season finale. As the season comes to a close, we're forced to take a closer look at the show and consider some unpopular possibilities. For example, could this all just be Rick's (Andrew Lincoln's) extremely long nightmare?

I know, I know — it's a controversial theory that we fans really don't want to consider. But before you try to feast on my flesh, let's take a look at the facts.

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First off, it would have been impossible for Rick to survive in the hospital without assistance for as long as he did in Episode 1. He would have needed someone to refill his IV. It's highly unlikely that during a spreading zombie epidemic, there was a nurse making sure he had enough fluids.

Then there's the fact that everyone in the entire world is already infected. Although we're all terrified that this could happen someday, let's look at it realistically. Even during the time of the Black Death in the 1340s, when there was no modern medicine and nobody knew how to stop the spread of disease, the plague still didn't infect everyone. Plus, today we have organizations to help prevent that kind of thing, and if worse came to worst, our military would probably bomb everyone before things got completely out of control.

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Also, let's consider the distance that the group has traveled. It's been mentioned in blogs recently that fans were surprised to realize how Rick and the gang are still so close to where they originally started. Even though they have walked countless miles and driven for hours on end, they still haven't ventured too far away from home. Isn't that exactly what a dream feels like: You try to run or walk, but you feel like you can't get anywhere?

The Walking Dead gang

Also, Rick is having a very, very terrible year so far. First he was shot, went into a coma and woke up in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. Then he found out that his wife had slept with his best friend, his best friend tried to kill him, his wife got pregnant (possibly with his best friend's baby), she died while giving birth and then turned into a zombie — and his son had to shoot her in the face. Come on! If that doesn't sound like a nightmare, I don't know what does. It seems like he's facing every fear and demon he has, which is common in a deep dream state.

Now, Rick's having visions of dead Lori and getting phone calls from beyond the grave. Things are getting more mysterious and a bit supernatural, so it's smart to consider that, too. These unnerving visions could be happening because he's finally snapped under all the emotional stress, or he could just be dreaming.

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The strongest evidence we have to support this theory is... all the zombies. Zombies in cages, endless zombie attacks, zombies in barns, zombies as pets, friends as zombies, heads of zombies shelved on a weird display and fighting-zombie competitions. There's not much more to say about that.

The Walking Dead has proven to be a show of twists and turns, and we can rarely predict what will happen next, but it's still fun to consider all the possibilities. There's a case to be made for both sides, but it's just a little curious how Rick has managed to survive this whole time against all odds while everything else around him has fallen apart.

Just something to think about while you're watching the season finale tonight on AMC.

Photo courtesy of AMC


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Comments on "The Walking Dead conspiracy theory: Is it real?"

thomas March 23, 2014 | 3:37 PM

i am a huge fan of both the comics and television show and the idea that it all might just be in ricks head is not that bad of an idea to me i mean that means no one died not hershal or sophia or shane and heck he could wake up and lori could say i am pregnet. and then judeth would be born. i kindda like the idea of it all being a dream.

KuntTrap69 February 20, 2014 | 4:17 PM

NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! this BET not be TRUE!!!! if it turns out that RICK is in a zombie inception....I WOULD HUNT KIRKMAN DOWN AND BREAK HIS ANKLES LIKE THE MISERY MOVIE and let MY HOT PINK pet POODLE CHEW ON HIS FLACCID COCK!!!!!!

Zatiel February 11, 2014 | 4:39 PM

Meh, this conspiracy it's even worse then breaking dead one xD

Robbie February 07, 2014 | 4:01 PM

he cannot be in a coma because he killed a zombie in the first 30 seconds of the show. Zombies were there before he was shot

Jason November 20, 2013 | 10:28 AM

I think that Rick is in a Coma state and he is living the in between world of Heaven and Hell. When Laurie dies and calls him from Heaven this is her talking to him from the bed side during his coma. Think about it! Remember how it started, the little girl with a doll then all of a sudden Ricks in the hospital after being shot? The Zombies are the minions of the devil (The Governor) Carol is a nurse and the old man is his doctor. Interesting thought huh?

Jordan July 07, 2013 | 1:30 AM

For one the Black Death wasn't airborne.

j July 06, 2013 | 8:54 AM

I was thinking maybe it was all a dream. But when he wakes up, with a very slight variation, its to a zombie apocalypse still

emily May 26, 2013 | 10:44 PM

If it was how the story was going to play out...I'm sure it will be changed now. Lol

Sam April 01, 2013 | 5:03 AM

The Center for Disease Control failed. The military did start bombing everyone. Lori didn't turn into a zombie.

denise March 31, 2013 | 3:53 PM

I think there would be death squads out for AMC, Kirkman and possibly this writer, if this theory proved true!

Katey March 31, 2013 | 3:44 PM

Mark - Dude, get a grip. The author is just having fun with some conspiracy theories... for a tv show. Also, if the only reason the Black Death didn't become more widespread and kill more people was due to how far people traveled during the time, what's your excuse for why the swine and birth flues didn't become pandemics? Chris - Oh no! That's an awesome and terrible thought. Do you think Rick would wake up and everything would be fine or that he'd still wake up during a Zombpocalypse? Maybe during the final episode, he'll wake up and everything will seem fine. Then, just as they end the show, we'll see a snippet of something to let us know that maybe what he dreamed was a look into his immediate future.

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