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Resident Evil season 1 – what caused the ‘Zeroes’ and are they just zombies?

July 14, 2022

This article, “What Caused the ‘Zeroes’ and Are They Just Zombies” contains spoilers for Season 1 of Netflix’s Resident Evil.

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In the first season of resident Evil, it becomes clear that in the year 2036 there has been some form of global crisis and “zeros” are roaming the planet. They are deadly, horrifying, zombie-like creatures that can infect anyone with the T-Virus with just one bite. But how did “Zeroes” come to exist in the first place, and are they just another version of the Zombie monster we’ve seen in many other shows/movies such as The Walking Dead and 28 days Later? And why was the T-Virus created in the first place? Was the design of the T-Virus intended to deliberately create the monstrous “Zero”, or was it simply an experiment gone wrong?

What caused the “zeros” and are they just zombies in resident Evil season 1?

The cause of the “zeros” is purely due to the Umbrella Corporation. Its 2022 CEO, Evelyn Marcus, is desperate to follow in her father’s footsteps. And so, she wants to continue her work on the T-Virus, which causes several incidents that cause “the end.” As Evelyn desperately seeks to eradicate illnesses like anxiety and depression, she ignores all of the horrific side effects the T-Virus and a newly created drug, “Joy,” can have on the public. And it is these same side effects that turn an otherwise normal, healthy individual into a zero.

While the first season of resident Evil didn’t show us how the issue became so prevalent, it’s likely that all subsequent seasons will tell that story to its audience. And the “Zeroes” initially appear to be like any other TV version of a zombie, ie no brain activity, dumb, eat people. However, over the course of the season, as Jade observes the “Zeros”, she learns that they react to different smells, and some can even lead groups of “Zeros”, much like the “Queen Zero”, whom she cut off the head to experiment on . There still seems to be a lot more story development to come when it comes to the “Zeroes”, but for now it could be suggested that as they start to evolve they could become much more powerful and dangerous. .

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