It’s been five days since the Season 4 premiere of The Walking Dead, and it seems that everyone is still buzzing about it. We have a dead pig, a bloody-eyed walker at the fence of the prison, and a very sick Patrick dead in the cellblock, bleeding from the eyes, nose and mouth. The title of episode 2 is “Infected”, and that tells us that the survivors of the prison may not fair well against this new illness, disease, or whatever it turns out to be.
Below are some new photos just released by AMC which gives us a few hints as to what to expect. I have also included the original Comic-Con trailer that was released this past July. Now that you have seen the premiere, if you re-watch the trailer, some of the scenes now make a lot more sense, which provide even further clues on what’s in store for Sunday’s episode. Just a few things to note and speculate about…
- There is a big chaotic scene in the trailer with what appears to be walkers attacking the cellblock. I think most of us had assumed that someone let in the walkers, but knowing what we know now about the zombified Patrick in the shower, it’s more likely that Patrick alone spawned this onslaught of walkers. This is especially true since the children still seem to be in their pajamas, and we know that Patrick turned in the middle of the night. Either way, we should expect big casualties. We hear Hershel say later in the trailer “we lost 12 of our own today”. I don’t know if that’s referring to losses in the episode “Infected”, but it wouldn’t surprise me.
- One of the scenes in the trailer that’s been bugging me for a while is the one where Tyreese jumps out of the car and just blindly starts attacking walkers, with only his hammer in hand. For the comic series fans out there, you probably recall a similar scene. In the comics, distraught over the death of his daughter Julie, Tyreese wildly attacks a massive group of walkers, almost as if he didn’t care about living anymore. Well, there’s no Julie in the television series, but there are two people that Tyreese cares a great deal about — his sister, Sasha, and his new girlfriend, Karen. Losing either of them would be devastating enough for him to completely lose it. That brings me to my final speculation…
- If I had to pick between Sasha and Karen, I would probably pick Karen as one of the characters that become zombie chow. In the below photos, we see Karen with a flashlight in the prison’s bathroom, and from the ending of the premiere episode, we know what could be waiting for her in that bathroom.
So, what does everyone else think? Is Karen next on the chopping block? And, what about our beloved Daryl? That scene with him shaking Patrick’s hand is still unsettling. My gut tells me that he’s probably going to be OK, but you never can tell with a show like The Walking Dead.
The next episode of The Walking Dead airs Sunday at 9/8c on AMC.