In the movie V for Vendetta, did V blow up the Larkhill camp and escape before or after the St. Mary's virus event? I'm trying to figure if the Norsefire perfected the virus and the cure during the trials on V or post his escaping? Is there anything that points to this timeline?

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In the source material, V escaped from Larkhill five years prior to the events in the book. This happened about a decade or two after the Nuclear War that devastated the rest of the world, and caused panic/riots in England (England was not part of the war, but food and other supplies are limited). In the Film, the St. Mary's Virus at Three Waters takes place of the Nuclear War. This was a false flag event used by the Fascist party, inconsistently called Norsefire, to gain power. They used the "terrorist biological attack" in order to rally support for their fascist political ideas.

The concentration camps in both versions are supposed to have come after these events. Without the nuclear war or St. Mary's virus, there would have been no way the concentration camps would exist, and neither V or lesbian actress Valerie Page would have been imprisoned.

  • That's the part that wouldn't make sense then @cde, the virus attack of St.Mary’s is developed in Larkhill. Those are the tests on V.
    – John
    Jan 14, 2016 at 3:02
  • In the film, there is a war and then there is the virus attack. I think there are two events.
    – John
    Jan 14, 2016 at 3:03
  • @Tivep no, there is no war in the film. Specifically, the virus was used because In place of the nuclear war of the novel version, biological weapons are used instead. Alan Moore later states in the foreword to the trade paperback edition of V for Vendetta that scientists now felt that even a "limited" nuclear war was not survivable. Thus biological weapons would today be considered more plausible.
    – cde
    Jan 14, 2016 at 3:49
  • @Tivep and that would mean that there were concentration camps BEFORE Norsefire/the fascist were in control of England, AND that the control happened within 5 years, as V has only been around for 5 years as V.
    – cde
    Jan 14, 2016 at 3:54
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    @Tivep that mention, if it was real news and not just false propaganda used to control the english public, would be current day, not in the past. As for the Larkhill subjects, they were human subjects in the comic as well, which had no virus. Just like real life, humans have been used as lab rats for any number of reasons not limited to bio-weapons. The comic experiment dc.wikia.com/wiki/Batch_5 was a hormone treatment, and caused the subjects to grow extra organs.
    – cde
    Jan 14, 2016 at 5:28

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