|First Appearance||"Doctor of the Dead"|
|Death Episode||"Adios, Muchados"|
|Cause of Death||Decapitated by Roberta Warren|
|Series lifespan||"Doctor of the Dead" to "Adios, Muchados"|
Dr. Walter Kurian is an antagonist featured in "Z Nation", first encountered in episode 13 "Doctor of the Dead" . He is the main antagonist of Season 1.
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.
Kurien 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 Kurien 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.
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.