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Can the Flood be contained and eradicated?

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The Flood isn't some magical force of nature, though it is as close to one as we've seen in the Haloverse -- it is a living species, of a sort, and has a finite number of cells. If you destroyed every one of those cells, the extant threat would end. There is no reason, however, to believe that there are not more ships containing dormant Precursor goop somewhere out there, waiting to be sprinkled on some dogs and unintentionally incubated/gestated over the course of centuries (yes, that's how the Flood started). And sure, someone could make more -- if the Precursors care enough, that is. I don't doubt that they're out there, across other galaxies.
There is a philosophical argument about impossibility of movement that boils down to this: if any given moment you are able to physically tell where in space and time the shot arrow exactly is, how is it possible that the arrow is moving at the same time? I simplified it but the general conclusion emerges that it is impossible to argument the arrow is moving while being attached to certain spot each and every moment. So the arrow either moves or is static. You say, if one destroyed every Flood cell and so on. Technically speaking, yes, but now you must apply dynamicism to your reasoning and see how your possible way out gets lost among the sea of overcoming possibilities leading to your death.
There is a philosophical argument about impossibility of movement that boils down to this: if any given moment you are able to physically tell where in space and time the shot arrow exactly is, how is it possible that the arrow is moving at the same time? I simplified it but the general conclusion emerges that it is impossible to argument the arrow is moving while being attached to certain spot each and every moment. So the arrow either moves or is static. You say, if one destroyed every Flood cell and so on. Technically speaking, yes, but now you must apply dynamicism to your reasoning and see how your possible way out gets lost among the sea of overcoming possibilities leading to your death.
This is speculation about what is possible, not a prediction for what is probable. Since it is strictly possible -- we know Flood cells can be destroyed and we know that the Flood can't make more Flood cells without Flood cells -- then the answer is strictly "yes."

If we're to say "is it plausible" then no, it's not -- the Forerunners boasted technological prowess unparalleled by anything the societies of Halo's 26th century possess, and the Forerunners couldn't create a weapon -- or a cure -- that successfully countered the Flood. They weren't in a rush, either; they had 10,000 years, most of which were peaceful, to experiment. So that leaves military force. Attempts to destroy all dormant pockets of Flood in the galaxy will, in all likelihood, lead to an outbreak, since only one failed attempt will result in disaster regardless of however many successful ones. The destruction of every Flood cell will never realistically happen, unless 343 Industries jumps some serious shark.
If we're to say "is it plausible" then no, it's not -- the Forerunners boasted technological prowess unparalleled by anything the societies of Halo's 26th century possess, and the Forerunners couldn't create a weapon -- or a cure -- that successfully countered the Flood. They weren't in a rush, either; they had 10,000 years, most of which were peaceful, to experiment. So that leaves military force. Attempts to destroy all dormant pockets of Flood in the galaxy will, in all likelihood, lead to an outbreak, since only one failed attempt will result in disaster regardless of however many successful ones. The destruction of every Flood cell will never realistically happen, unless 343 Industries jumps some serious shark.
That is a coherent summary of why any attempts to completely eradicate the Flood are daydreaming. Forerunners example is enough. This superior race was brought mad trying to resolve the Flood issue. The Flood is still around, Forerunners are not. Besides, trying to eradicate the Flood is against the Mantle, as the Flood itself provides for the variety of species existing. We may dislike it, but it is as good as we are.
No, we the forerunners fired halo, a flood spore hid and survived. The Flood is intelligent, if they fire halo again, flood could hide and repeat what happened to the forerunners.
Guns do not kill people, people kill people. That is folk wisdom. Similar with Halo arrays. What I think is that Halo franchise should have a fundamental theme of philosophical nature. That theme should emphasize the value of life. That even when there is conflict and certain points of view hold that some species are detrimental, that the world would be better off without some species involved, autotelic value of life must be respected. Belief that every element is a piece of puzzle and has a valid role to fulfill in the ecosystem, whether we understand that role already or not. Halo arrays are the test of humanity. To use them, is to fail. Because life will find way for itself, in the face of the Mantle. What the continuum of life will fail to solve in turn is the problem of meek character, meek thought, meek spirit. That is what Humanity must work out for itself.
i think anything possible at this point i mean how the hell were the guardians so well hidden so there could be a weapon out there that can kill the flood. Like a Composer type weapon that kills only flood bio stuff.
A single flood spore is said to be enough to corrupt life on a grand scale. Containing the flood is possible as the forerunners have impressive security measures, but that is as far as they managed. Eradicating the Flood is next to impossible, since at the climax of the war, the forerunners were forced to destroy their own planets to slow the infection. If a planet falls to the flood, it will forever need to be a quarantine zone to hold the flood.

They can be contained, but they cannot be eradicated.
short answer nope. long answer nope.
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