Posted: 2:29 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013
By Gina Carbone
We already knew the premiere would be called “30 Days Without an Accident,” and we’d heard the titles for Episode 4 (“Indifference”), Episode 6 (“Rise”) and Episode 7 (“Dead Weight”).
But here are specific details on the first four eps:
Episode 1 — 30 Days Without an Accident
“The group lives an ideal life at the prison, and strives to hold onto humanity.”
Episode 2 — Infected
“The group faces a new enemy; Rick and the others fight to protect their hard-won livelihood.”
Episode 3 — Isolation
“A group leaves the prison to search for supplies; the remaining members of the group deal with recent losses.”
Episode 4 — Indifference
“The supply mission faces hurdles; the situation at the prison worsens.”
What Is This “Infected” Business?
No word on the title for Episode 5, but there’s a lot we can speculate about just from the above descriptions. For one, “Infected”? Are you reading that literally as people being infected by something? We know there’s at least one big new threat coming, and that synopsis suggests we’ll meet the “new enemy” in Episode 2.
Executive producer Robert Kirkman said Mother Nature herself would be closing in on the survivors, and we took that to possibly mean weather/a natural disaster. But maybe it’s an illness — the kind of epidemic (like the flu) that spreads even without the zombie apocalypse — leading to the Episode 3 run. Maybe they are looking for medicine ... or a new place to live?
Then again, you could consider the entire zombie apocalypse a giant infection — like they did in 28 Days Later — otherwise, why go to the CDC for some kind of cure? Maybe “Infected” is not meant to be taken so literally. Maybe their numbers are infected by a killer, since we haven’t forgotten how the extended trailer mentioned people being killed “in cold blood.” Rick says someone attacked the cell block. Not “walkers” attacked or “something” attacked, “someone” attacked, and Tyreese wants to find out “who did this.” Sasha even mentions how someone might be feeding the walkers at the fence.
Maybe someone goes crazy with their mind deemed “infected.” Maybe this person even poisons the water supply. Or maybe there’s a wild animal on the loose. We’re just going to wait and see.
What Goes Wrong On the Supply Run?
Skip ahead to Episodes 3 and 4.
At the start of the extended trailer, we see a group head to Big Spot, with Sasha telling everyone they know what they’re looking for. With Sasha are Daryl, Michonne, Glenn, Tyreese, Bob Stookey, and a bunch of new people. But the trailer also hints to something going wrong, with shouting and shots fired. Maybe a herd of walkers is inside? At first, we thought that supply run might be the one mentioned above, from Episode 3. But now we're thinking that run happens right on the premiere.
So what's the Ep 3/4 supply run? Maybe that car scene with Daryl, Michonne, Tyreese and Bob. Remember that, from the trailer? At the same time as the supply run, the prison situation is supposed to “worsen.” So we could have a big action sequence as part of the supply run (that zombie herd car attack, when Tyreese breaks out his hammer?), as well as scary stuff at the prison, all in Episode 4.
Last season, Episode 4 was the pivotal "Killer Within," including the deaths of T-Dog and Lori and the birth of Judith. Back in Season 1, Episode 4, "Vatos," was when Andrea's sister Amy and Carol's husband Ed died in the big camp walker attack. (Season 2, Episode 4 was "Cherokee Rose," which was a great ep, but not deadly.)
Do these descriptions make you even more excited for the new season?