By now, those who had been following the latest season of The Walking Dead had all seen the mid-season finale…and if you haven’t, hopefully you’ll get around to it soon enough. I don’t do this often, but I’ll give everyone a fair warning before I start this article…
There will be tons of spoilers here, both for the show and the comic. So don’t read any further if you don’t want to know what happens…
Now that we got that out of the way, I’ll outline a few plot threads that I could see unfolding in the future.
1. Merle/ Daryl Dixon
The two brothers had been separated since the first season…and their reunion was anything but cheerful. Now that they’re both in the Governor’s captivity, they’ll have to work together (and possibly with Andrea, if they can somehow convince that crazy lady that her new boyfriend is not quite right in the head) to get out of this predicament. You know, if they’re to stick around for the foreseeable future, that is. So I see one of two following theories working out for them.
A. Merle and Daryl make a daring escape, but somehow Daryl gets caught up in something that forces Merle to make a sacrifice play to ensure that Daryl’s life remains intact. I can’t even begin to imagine what kind of predicament that could be, but this way, Merle, while a solid and compelling character, finally does the one noble thing for someone else. We’ve witnessed his wily, ruthless side, and I say it’s high time we saw some human part of him that still cares for something or someone in this post-apocalyptic world. I mean, if he can’t even sacrifice himself for his younger brother, then what hope is there for him as a person?
B. They both make it out alive, but they venture out on their own. If they both survive, then Daryl will realize that Merle has nowhere left to go. Both the Governor’s camp and Rick’s camp are weary of him, and that’ll force Daryl to leave with Merle. This would mean that his role as the unofficial right hand man to Rick will be left vacant, and I could either see Michonne, or the soon-to-be recruited Tyreese come in to fill in that specific void. But if that happens, it’ll probably be Tyreese, considering how much of a lone wolf Michonne could be. Either way, the brothers could leave and possibly come back later, or make cameos every now and then to show the audience what they’ve been up to on their own.
As a long time reader and fan of the The Walking Dead comic book, I had doubts that Tyreese would ever appear on the television format…but here we are. We had a short introduction of him and his group in the mid-season finale, but I have a feeling that this fan favorite will be the only survivor from that camp. Perhaps they’ll take more time to introduce and develop the other characters in Tyreese’s group, but let’s not kid ourselves. These people smell like fodders, and not even a magnificent fodder like T-Dog, who goes on to outlive other canon characters. I’m sure this will make him emotionally distraught (sparking a favorite scene of mine from the comic), but I believe he’ll find a kindred spirit in Michonne, whom he actually hooks up with in the comic books.
3. The Governor
Rick and his people completely humiliated Philip AKA The Governor (not to be confused with Arnold Schwarzenegger), and he looked ready to pay them back in full on the enemies’ home field. He’s no doubt furious and unhinged after seeing his dead daughter die again, and getting his eye poked out gently thanks to Michonne’s masterful glass work. He already knows where the prison is located and he’s got enough men to demolish them a few times over and then some. The only advantages that Rick’s got are his people, who are far more efficient in coordinating plans of attack, and their familiarity with the prison facility. This’ll all be rendered useless though, if the Governor chooses to attack through the middle using a tank, which he did in the comics. Then it’ll be the end for most of the cast involved, save for Rick, Carl, and a few others. They’ll have to run for the hills and regroup to plan their next move.
No matter, what I think of Andrea (particularly the fact that I think she’s pretty dumb), she’s got to come to realize that she made a terrible choice, right? That perhaps she’s been blinded by the idea that she’s finally found paradise in this otherwise dreadful world, where she could imagine herself growing old with a new love in her life? I hope to God that this is the case, and that she finally gets her ass back to Rick’s camp (possibly helping the Dixon brothers on her way) and become the bad ass sharpshooter that she was always meant to be. In the podcast a few weeks back, I dared to claim that it’ll be Andrea who will pull the trigger when the chips are down and kill The Governor. I still think this could be the case, and if so, it’ll be more than enough to redeem her character.
She clearly messed up when she decided to go confront the Governor instead of helping Rick’s group out with their rescue effort. This will no doubt create more tension between her and Rick, but in what I imagine would be the Governor’s retaliation, I think she’ll end up saving Rick’s life somehow and that’ll clear any doubts he’s had of her. This will transition nicely to the relationship that they share in the comics, the one of two bad asses working together to do bad ass things with aplomb. I can’t wait.
He had no one to question his decisions so far in the new season, and I believe he’ll find it difficult to keep people in line with strong characters like Tyreese and Michonne around who do things their own way and some of the others are bound to follow suit as well. Not only that, but he’s also had clear mental breakdowns (talking on the phone with Lori, seeing Shane in Woodbury), which makes me think that his leadership will come into question real soon. Perhaps he’ll demote himself and allow the group to take care of itself until they learn the hard way that they need someone like Rick to lead them.
He’ll get shot in the face and live to tell the tale. Just kidding. Maybe. And he’ll totally hook up with Hershel’s daughter, who is totally not the smoking hot Maggie Greene, played by Lauren Cohan.
So that’s what I think will be happening in the future installments of The Walking Dead. Some of these theories will probably play out over the course of a few seasons, depending on how long the creators want the characters to remain at the prison. If you think I’m totally right and awesome, or have contradicting theories, please leave your praises/theories in the comment section. I’ll be interested in reading what everybody else thinks.
Written by Daniel Lee