Posted: 3:04 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
By Gina Carbone
The “enlightening mission” initially made us think of the Abraham/Rosita/Eugene mission to get to Washington, D.C., but the first promo and sneak peeks videos only focused on Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Beth Greene (Emily Kinney). So is this the Daryl-focused episode we've been waiting for? That one is meant to be "magnificent," whenever it arrives. But what is the enlightening mission?
In the promo, we see Daryl and Beth on a road, on a golf course, in a plantation-style home, everywhere except the train tracks almost everyone else is on. (B&D were on tracks back on Episode 10, but maybe they went in the opposite direction and didn't see the "Terminus" sign?) We hear Beth's voice-over say, "We just need a safe place to be. We can stop running, some scavenging." She shouts "Daryl!" and seems to hide. The music is super-creepy and clearly wants us to be scared for them. It's like a mini horror movie.
Talking Dead shared an extended sneak peek which also just focused on Daryl and Beth. It was a night scene, with Beth heading into an abandoned car to test it out. No luck. But walkers were coming so they had to take refuge together in the trunk of a car. It's meant to be a scary scene but, girl, how freakin' lucky. Trunk time with the hottest Dixon.
If this ep just follows Daryl and Beth, it means we'll have gone two episodes without the Tyrese/Carol/kids and Maggie/Bob/Sasha groups, since they weren't featured in Episode 11 either.
Looking past Episode 12 may give us more hints on what's to come. The synopsis for Episode 13, “Alone” (March 9) reads, "One group finds a shelter; a group has a realization about protection." Do you think those are two different groups? Do you think the shelter is the Terminus sanctuary or a shelter more like the home Rick, Michonne and Carl found in Episode 9 (then had to leave on Ep 11)?
The synopsis for Episode 14, “The Grove” (March 16) reads, "After establishing a new shelter, the group considers things returning to they way they used to be." Is this the group as a whole, including multiple mini groups or just the same mini group from Episode 13? Maybe it’s Ty, Carol and the kids, who are most in need of shelter at this point, since it’s especially dangerous to have a crying baby on the road. Anyway, The Grove sounds hopeful, but Rick did say we’d never get things back to the way they used to be.
The synopsis for Episode 15, “Us” (March 23) is "Survivors rely on brutality and faith." That sounds like a quick change from the way things used to be. Is it even referring to the same shelter group, or others? Here’s the synopsis for Episode 16, the March 30 season finale, called “A”: "Many paths collide; Rick faces sheer brutality; the group struggles to survive." So that singles Rick out for sheer brutality, but the whole group is in peril.
How does that relate to Episode 12, “Still”? Not sure. Tony may be here, though. Actor Davi Jay plays Tony and he’s credited on this ep, as well as “Alone,” “Us” and “A.” That may not mean too much, but it's something to keep in mind.
Do you have theories on Episode 12? We’ll update when more videos are posted!
The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.