I don't know about you, but the days until the next episode of The Walking Dead airs on AMC seem to be dragging by at the same speed it takes a lurker to explain the Third Law of Thermodynamics (the entropy of a perfect crystal at absolute zero is exactly equal to zero, in case you are curios). Why won't episode 2 hurry up and arrive already!
Instead of sitting impatiently waiting for our next hit of undead excitement, I thought we could take a look at what might go down in episode 2, "Infected."
I guess the biggest question going into episode 2 concerns the virus and where it came it from. We know that it has already claimed the lives of Violet (a sheep), Patrick (a Harry Potter lookalike) and bleedy-face (a zombie), and if the virus is either airborne or in the water supply, we won't have seen the last of the fatalities. And considering that the prison community has next to nothing in the way of serious medical equipment/expertise, there's a real chance they'll have a pandemic on their finger-licking hands.
Unfortunately it's not just the outbreak that is a threat to human life. Rick hasn't told the newcomers at the prison the truth about the zombie virus - that everybody is already infected. How they handle this crushing news will go a long way to determine the future of the community.
What pleased me most about the Season 4 premiere was how the new characters that now reside in the prison have brought a freshness to the show. It seems the producers of The Walking Dead are really trying to develop these secondary characters, giving them fully-rounded personalities that make us care so much more about them. Already we've been introduced to Tyreese's new love interest Karen, who in her couple minutes of screen time was already more captivating and sympathetic than Andrea was for three entire seasons. But I think it's Bob Stookey that could prove to be the most fascinating. We've already learned that he was an army medic before the world went to shit, and is also most likely a recovering alcoholic. That man is hiding some demons. Sooner or later they are going to come out.
Love in the Time of (probable) Cholera
Season 3 of The Walking Dead was a relatively joyless affair. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy it as a TV experience, it's just that there wasn't a lot of happiness to be had for most of the characters. The show prides itself on offering small glimmers of hope, before snatching it away in an orgy of violence and despair. So it was quite refreshing to see so many characters seemingly happy in the Season 4 opener. Rick has found a sort of solace in working the land, Maggie and Glenn are considering bringing a child into the world (tip: don't) and Carol and Daryl continue to flirt like a couple of school kids at an end of year dance.
But as we know, The Walking Dead's default setting is unrelenting misery. Happiness is not an option. Societal bliss is nothing but a mirage, a temporary oasis of calm in a raging torrent of death and reanimation. Episode 2 is called "Infected;" The good times are almost certainly coming to an end.
I want to hear from you now. What are your expectations for "Infected?" Sound off in the comments below.