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  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 a 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 West 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.


Season 1[]

"Doctor of the Dead"[]

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

He hides inside an old refrigerator to avoid the exploding bomb, but the blast opened the gate. Walter Kurian's body shows radiation infection.

Season 2[]

"The Murphy"[]

"Batch 47"[]

Kurian is still alive despite being seen as dead or turned in Season 1. He still wants "The Murphy".

"Party With the Zeros"[]

Kurian is last seen with his head in a box mumbling something before it was closed by one of La Reina's henchmen and was set on the porch of the restaurant after hours later of the signal flare to the CDC from the Submarine.


  • Dr. Walter Kurian, the creator of the ZN1 virus and the 'father' of 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.
  • In the opening shots of Season 2, he is shown seeking shelter from the nuclear strike inside a lead lined fridge. This is a reference to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull where Jones finding himself in a nuclear testing sight uses the same tactic. (In both scenes this tactic would offer little to no protection.)
  • According to the files Citizen Z hacked regarding him, he was born on the 30th of August, 1943 in San Francisco, California, USA.
  • Before the apocalypse, he was wanted by Interpol for manufacturing and selling weapons to various nations including North Korea, Iran, and Iraq.
  • He was the former director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of California.
  • He was suspected to be apart of a Uranium distributing ring in the nations of Syria and Yemen as well as being a suspect of producing and distributing Anthrax to the nation of Ukraine.
  • Kurian seems to be a very good hacker, managing to even hack skilled hackers such as Citizen Z.


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