In this week’s episode of The Walking Dead, we learned that The Kingdom is under the same forced arrangement with The Saviors as the other settlements: They are required to give up 50 percent of everything they produce to Negan and his men. King Ezekiel, however, came up with a cleverly passive aggressive means with which to deal with Saviors. He conducts all of his business with The Saviors off-site, so as to not upset, frighten, or anger members of his community, and he delivers to them slaughtered pigs who have been fattened up on the entrails of walkers.
There’s likely two reasons for this: By feeding zombies to the pigs, he’s not wasting the community’s own food on the Saviors. More importantly, he’s quietly protesting the arrangement with the Saviors by giving them pigs that probably taste a little like zombie rot.
Many viewers, however, may be wondering why the pigs aren’t infected by the zombies, or whether the zombie virus can be passed from a pig to The Saviors? In other words, is King Ezekiel waging a secret war with The Saviors by infecting them with the zombie virus through the pigs?
No. King Ezekiel is not trying to kill the Saviors. He’s just trolling them.
How do we know that the zombie virus doesn’t affect animals? First of all, we can look to Robert Kirkman’s source material.