Before we begin with the deconstruction of Sunday's episode "Alone", I want to say a big thank you to those who took part in our Live Blog. It was a whole heap of fun, and if you missed it and want to get involved next week, you can join the undead chatter at thewalkingdead.moviepilot.com or tweet your thoughts at #walkingdeadmp.
Without further ado, here are three things you might have missed from "Alone". Obviously, there be spoilers and speculation this way so you've been warned.
There really aren't any good people left
I'm just going to come out and say it: Beth is in serious trouble.
We should have known something was rotten in Georgia when she managed to convince Daryl there are still good people in the world. There aren't, and Beth is going to learn that the hard way.
She got kidnapped from the surprisingly well-stocked funeral parlor, stuffed into a car and driven away and I think the next time we see her she'll be missing a leg.
I've been speculating for a few weeks about whether we would get the Hunters storyline from the comics and who would replace Dale as the nibbled-upon victim. In the source material, Dale is kidnapped, drugged and wakes up to discover half his leg has been eaten.
I think this is what will happen to Beth, and Sunday's episode was a foreshadowing of this.
Think about it. She goes on a hunt with Daryl in the forest, but gets her foot caught in a trap. This served no real purpose to the plot - other than to get a 'serious piggyback from Mr Dixon - but it was a portent of things to come.
The Hunters set the trap at the funeral parlor and let the zombie mob take Daryl because, well, because his meat is all tough and old and tasteless. Beth on the other hand is young and tender. They will have their fill and it won't be pretty.
The Kiss of Death
Everything Bob Stookey touches turns to death.
The members of the previous groups he traveled with all died and it was his fault that Beth's boyfriend got killed back at the convenience store. He's an angel of death and he's already unwittingly marked his next victim.
Kissing Sasha might have felt like the natural thing to do, but if history has taught us anything, it's that she's now been tarnished with the Stookey death-brush. I predict Sasha will be dead within a week.
Macon is on
It's almost certain now that Terminus is located in Macon. When Glenn ran his finger over the map looking for the route to sanctuary, it was possible to make out names such as Crawford, Twiggs and Knoxville, which are all in the area surrounding Macon.
This might not seem very interesting or important to some of you, but those who played Telltale's Walking Dead game might be getting very excited indeed. Macon was the location of the first couple of chapters of the game, with a lot of the action taking place in a pharmacy and then later in a motel. Could this mean we get a crossover or small Easter eggs between the game and the show?
Points for further discussion
- We finally got introduced to the gang that almost nabbed Rick. Are they the Hunters? Are they from Terminus? Whoever they are, they're bad news.
- That one-eyed dog was the cutest thing I've seen in the zombie apocalypse.
- Beth sang again. Wasn't as terrible as I expected.
- Maggie is a tough SOB. Scrawling messages in zombie guts takes, erm, guts.
- Another episode without Rick. It's been nice to have a small break from the main man.
See also- Walking Dead Preview: Trailer and sneak peek for "The Grove"
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