When Rebecca and Big Jim decided not to infect the entire town with a pig virus.
As food supplies dwindled, so did Rebecca’s patience. She knew that in order to preserve enough resources for everyone in Chester’s Mill, they’d have to “thin the herd.” Of course, they’d need to make these deaths seem random and accidental in order to maintain the town’s trust.
While visiting a local pig farm, Rebecca learned that some of the animals had been infected with a virus and were unexpectedly dropping dead. Instead of being concerned about the diminishing livestock, Rebecca saw an opportunity and devised a plan to use that same strain to pick off the weaker citizens of Chester’s Mill.
After discovering the pig virus had mutated, Rebecca decided to spare the weaker citizens their lives and abandon her Darwin-inspired plan. For once, the pragmatic scientist put aside numbers and equations and relied solely on her emotions.