(Warning: this post contains spoilers for recent episodes of The Walking Dead!) You know what's happening this Sunday? The 8th episode of season 4 of The Walking Dead, titled "Too Far Gone," that's what. This one's significant because it's the beloved/dreaded midseason finale. Whatever goes down this week, we're not going to find out what happens next until February.
As for what we can expect, the cast and crew have been doing their damnedest to prepare us for a seriously epic showdown. Even the promo announces that "ALL WILL FIGHT," and more ominously, "SOME WILL FALL."
If you can't wait another minute to speculate about what the midseason finale will deliver, check out the promo clip, extended sneak peek, and my personal theory on who might be horribly killed by the end of Sunday's Walking Dead.
I think we all had figured the next step in the last two Governor-centric episodes would be an attempt to take over the prison, and that's pretty much confirmed in the promo clip. Take a look:
Here's the incredibly revealing episode description:
After things begin to calm at the prison, Rick and the group face imminent danger.
Heh. Do you ever get the feeling there's a contest at AMC to see who can come up with the most vague synopsis? "In a post-apocalyptic world crawling with zombies, disease, and villains, THIS week our heroes face danger!"
Now let's take a look at the sneak peek scene, which involves Lilly, a zombie, and Megan rooting around in the dirt:
Why is Lilly so frozen by that walker? Has she never had to kill one before? Does she think it's the Governor? And what's the "too heavy" thing Megan's trying to pull out of the ground? MYSTERIOUS!
Okay, time to move on to the good stuff. Here's a roundup of what the Walking Dead crew has been saying about this midseason finale:
The finale is huge. It's the story we've wanted to tell for the longest time. Everybody is going to be watching with their jaws dropped. You should never regard anyone as safe from any danger on this show. -- Steven Yeun (Glenn)
I believe that it fulfills the story of the first seven episodes. It is very much an ending of sorts for a lot of these characters' stories. I can't wait for people to see it. -- Showrunner Scott Gimple
The mid-season finale is the biggest thing we've attempted, I think, so far in our show. I think the crew, and Ernest Dickerson, who directed it, everybody busted their guts to do that episode. Darrell Pritchett, who does the special effects — he's the man with the dynamite, was the busiest man I've ever seen. It was thrilling. Just thrilling. It just felt like an incredibly exciting episode. And then in the [final eight of the season], it's like we're spinning out into orbit, and it's a completely new show. It's really, really exciting. -- Andrew Lincoln (Rick)
I will say that we just wrapped the mid-season finale last night of The Walking Dead, mind-blowing. Minds are going to blow up, it’s so crazy, it’s so good. We thought last season was real good. This season’s crazy good. It’s nuts, you’ll love it. -- Norman Reedus (Daryl)
Andrew Lincoln was also asked if he’d shot any scenes which rival Rick’s breakdown after Lori’s death, and here's what he said:
There’s been one scene that was pretty painful to do — it’s always the midseason finale! … It was all going so well for me this year, I was farming and just kicking back — I thought it was going to be a really relaxed season for me — and then they just go, ‘Bam!’
So here's my theory, based on things that happened in the comics and my own wild guesses: the Governor will lead an attack on the prison, with Mitch the former tank operator driving the tank through the fence. Michonne and Hershel, who are currently out in the woods together, will be captured by the Governor and held as hostages. The Governor will use Michonne's katana to behead Hershel. (I KNOW, I DON'T WANT THIS TO HAPPEN EITHER.) In the midst of the attack and chaos, the Governor will convince Lilly to shoot Beth, but it will turn out that Beth was carrying baby Judith, who will also die. This will cause Lilly to realize what a sick and evil person the Governor is, and that will be our cliffhanger.
Don't worry, I am probably wrong about all of that! I mean, they wouldn't kill Lil' Asskicker, would they? Nahhh. I'm sure everyone will be FINE. JUST FINE.
Okay, your turn: what do you think is going to happen on tomorrow's Walking Dead?
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