How ‘The Walking Dead’s’ Rick Grimes survived his coma isn’t a mystery, y’all

Another year, another resuscitated “Walking Dead” fan theory. Much like zombies themselves, theories about our favorite shows never truly die. They just lay dormant and wait, patiently, for the perfect moment to rear up and scare the hell out of us.

One that has been particularly persistent is trying to figure out how Rick Grimes – coma patient – survived in a derelict, abandoned hospital without fluids. Having done the math, fans estimate Rick was in said coma for about 45 days, but humans die without water after 3 days. SO WHAT IS GOING ON!? Several theories abound, but they all hinge on one thing: the hospital being abandoned WAY earlier than it actually was.

Take a journey with me. A journey into the boring truth about Rick Grimes coma survival.

Let”s start with the smoking gun. The dead flowers Rick half-remembers Shane bringing to him. By the time Rick wakes up, the flowers are dead, proving how much time has lapsed, right?

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Assuming Shane is a conscientious giver of flowers and put the packet of plant food into the vase, those flowers would”ve lasted about a week or two before starting to wilt. And despite our collective memory otherwise, those flowers up there aren't dead. They”re merely beginning to wilt. 

But whatever right? I mean, obviously those flowers could still go on being pretty long after the hospital was abandoned to the living dead! Except this hospital was still up and running as late as 24 hours prior to Rick waking up.