Posted: 10:00 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013
By Gina Carbone
Let’s shuffle past The Walking Dead Season 4 premiere, “30 Days Without an Accident,” and head right into Episode 2, “Infected,” which airs Sunday, October 20, at 9 p.m. ET.
Here’s the official one sentence synopsis: “The group faces a new enemy; Rick and the others fight to protect their hard-won livelihood.”
That “new enemy” sounds like a reference to the new threat they’ve been teasing for months now. It’s not walkers and it’s not other humans. However, it sounds like this episode will feature more than one major new threat.
ComicBook.com saw “Infected” in advance and shared some teasers. “A non-bite-related death occurs this episode to a character who is isolated from walkers. No bite on that guy, but he turns nevertheless. He isn’t the only one, either; just the most obvious example.” We already know that people turn when they die, bitten or not, but it’s still unclear whether these deaths are natural or … unnatural.
One Episode 2 photo shows Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) with a bandana covering his mouth, which would make sense if we have something like a flu outbreak in the prison. That would relate to Mother Nature, as we’d been teased, and it’s also something that you’d have to worry about even without the zombie apocalypse, so it makes sense.
ComicBook.com also hinted to another thing we’ve been worried about since the big Comic-Con trailer — the idea that someone inside the prison is sabotaging things, leaving rats by the fence to feed the walkers and generally stirring up poop. As ComicBook.com put it, “There’s a B plot in this episode, too, and it’s one that’s far more intriguing than [the premiere’s] various romances. There’s an enemy within, to borrow a previous episode title, and it’s not clear who it is or to what end they’re acting — but if not for the generalized threat presented by the episode’s major development in Cell Block D, that sub-story could very well overtake the show.”
They add that the stakes of his enemy within subplot are so high it becomes less like a subplot than having “two massive events taking place at the same time, presenting so much danger and driving so much story that it will give the season a sense of frenzy that was missing from the premiere.”
So vague, but so intriguing too! We can’t wait to see for ourselves. Read their full recap here, check out seven spoiler photos from the episode, and prepare to add more pieces to the puzzle next week, when more spoilers are leaked.