So are we supposed to consider Kid in a Fridge canon considering that it completely goes against established Ghoul lore?
But maybe, maybe, ghouls or certain types of ghouls are capable of a type of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptobiosis under extreme conditions. The kid surviving could be a result of him going into such a state for those 200 years.
That would be a better explanation at least than "Ghouls don't need any kind of sustenance to survive." Which I personally think is ridiculous.
That wouldn't be a bad solution. I wish there was some way to contact Bethesda on the issue but sadly that's not really an option
It could also be that a Ghoul only needs a small amount of radiation to sustain important bodily functions. With Rad-Storms it wouldn't be too hard to imagine a Ghoul could live a long time alone on that, since Rad-Storms seem pretty common at least four days a week. And considering we can live a long time without food, maybe that's sufficient enough to keep a Ghoul alive without water which is pretty important.
In a game where dead ghouls can literally be brought back to life via radiation, I don't understand why some people seems to have such a hard time grasping that radiation = ghouls live.
That's possible. Though if that is the case then Bethesda really needs to clarify that.
This is essentially my feeling on it right now tbh.