Walter Kurian
Actor Donald Corren
Gender Male
Hair Bald
First Appearance "Doctor of the Dead"
Death Episode "Adiós, Muchachos"
Cause of Death Decapitated by Roberta Warren
Status Undead
Series lifespan "Doctor of the Dead" to "All Good Things Must Come to an End"
Ethnicity Caucasian

Dr. Walter Kurian is an character and the main antagonist of Season 1 in Z Nation, first encountered in Season 1 Episode 13 "Doctor of the Dead" .


Dr. Walter Kurian is responsible for the virus known as ZN1. The virus that caused the zombie apocalypse.

Gathering samples from krokodil addicts in New York, Ebola camps in Africa, abandoned bio weapons in Kazakhstan, and brain matter from a man in Haiti, he managed to create a virus meant to use in bio-warfare. The virus "Red Death" was created at a lab in Fort Collins, Colorado and jumped to humans by infecting a lab technician named Brandon Doyle. From there it spread and Kurian went underground.

Post-Apocalypse Edit

Season 1Edit

"Doctor of the Dead"Edit

Kurian has kept himself hidden during the three years since the apocalypse.Edit

Kurian hacked Citizen Z to find out where Murphy was heading, and thus was able to misdirect and intercept the Westward-bound survivor group at his lab in Fort Collins. At the lab he threatens Murphy and shoots Doc. Cassandra attacks Kurian and his team, which gives Murphy a chance to escape, triggering the fail-safe on his way out.

As nukes are homing in on the lab Kurian is seen abandoning his car and running off.

When the bomb will explode, he could hide inside an old refrigerator, but the blast opened the gate. Walter Kurian's body showed affected areas by radiation, so his status is deadly lethal.

Season 2Edit

"The Murphy"Edit

"Batch 47"Edit

"Party With the Zeros"Edit

Trivia Edit

Dr. Walter Kurian, the creator of the ZN1 virus and 'father' the zombie infestation in Z Nation has a very similar name to Dr. Roy Curien, who has the same role in the House of the Dead series of video games.


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