After what has seemed like an interminably long wait, The Walking Dead is finally coming back to TV in just a few short weeks. Zombiephiles, try to contain your excitement.
From what we saw in the first half of TWD’s second season, we can make some reliable predictions about the second half of the season. Most reliably: There will be blood. This prediction was confirmed when TWD creator Robert Kirkman (yes, that Robert Kirkman) told Zombie Zone News recently:
”We started out searching for Sophia, and then things got a little bit heightened, when we found her in the barn. That’s going to lead to a lot of conflict. That’s going to lead to a new threat on the horizon, that you’ll see in our first episode back, which is really going to dovetail into a big series of events that’s going to lead us to our finale.”
If we were to read into that quote (which we will), we’d have to say that the happy fun times on the farm are over, and our heroes are about to suffer a serious influx of the undead. But what else can we predict about the rest of the season? Read on, gentle zombiephiles, to find out.
- T-Dog won’t die. At the beginning of the season, we predicted that IronE Singleton’s character T-Dog would kick the bucket early due to his clumsiness and the looming threat of an angry racist redneck out for revenge. So far though there’s been no sign of Merle (barring Daryl’s hallucinations), and despite injuring himself in the season premiere he’s had no life-threatening mishap. On top of that, T-Dog’s passivity has become almost a joke among the fans. He’s done almost nothing so far this season, while every other character has been part of plot advancement and side conflicts. But T-Dog is just there, to the point that it’s almost comical how much the writers ignore him. The fact that he’s now one of only two people of color in the regular cast means that if the writers kill him off they could risk making him look like that staple of the horror genre, the Token Black Guy (y’know, the one who’s just there to be there and then dies before he actually gets to do anything). So we predict they’ll keep him around while longer to let the character come into his own.
- Hershel will give up. From what we know of Hershel so far, he’s a man of faith who believes in a brighter, zombie-less future for mankind. This belief blinds him to things like the imminent danger shambling about outside his fence and (more importantly) inside his barn, and it makes him dismiss Rick’s concerns about leaving the farm. With the massacre at the barn, Hershel’s whole world view has been shaken, and that could have disastrous effects for everyone. There’s something very dangerous about a man who just doesn’t care anymore.
- Glenn will switch alliances. So far the survivors have been separated into two camps: Hershel’s people and Rick’s people. Glenn, who came in with Rick’s group of survivors, has gone all starry-eyed for Maggie the farmer’s daughter, and if it ever comes time for the two camps to split up, we predict Glenn will choose to stay with Maggie instead of sticking with his friends. Sure, they’ve only known each other a week, but romance in the zombie apocalypse has to move fast, considering you could be dead at any moment.
- Daryl and Carol will get closer. Sure, he spurned her advances just before the mid-season finale, and sure, she was really only coming onto him because she was grateful to a guy who cared enough to search for her lost daughter, but c’mon… there’s chemistry there! Even if it’s the chemistry of two highly damaged people (she lived with an abusive husband for years, and he just lost his brother in the worst way possible) thrust into a hellish situation. They would be terrible for each other in the civilized world, but post-zombies, Daryl and Carol (oh god no more rhyming names please) might just need each other.
- Shane will kill Dale. Now, we’re making this prediction completely independent of what we know from the comic books, and we’re also really hoping it doesn’t come true. But the signs are there: Shane has embraced his inner crazy, and Dale, as the group’s conscience, seems to be the only person who can see it. He’s already figured out Shane killed Otis and confronted him about it. And since Dale failed to shoot Shane in the chest once, the odds are unlikely that he’ll have another chance. Meanwhile Shane has proven himself to be capable of just about anything, including taking out an old man who threatens his place in the social hierarchy of the zombie apocalypse.
- Lori will become a liability. Think of the things you need least in a world overrun with zombies. If a pregnant woman or a baby is on your list, then you’re thinking clearly. Lori’s pregnancy is going to affect the group in a big way. Pregnancy, even with all the advantages of modern medical science, is no easy thing. With a veterinarian as her OBGYN and a single bottle of neo-natal vitamins as her only medical care, Lori’s in for a rough nine months. She could die, or the risk of keeping her around could split the group. To say nothing of what will happen when she delivers a squalling infant to call down all the zombies within a ten mile radius.
- Fans will meet their new favorite character. Thanks to leaked information from a TWD zombie actor, there’s a strong possibility that one of the most bad-ass characters from the comic books will appear in the season finale. That character is the sword-wielding Michonne, and chances are she will steal the show.
What do you predict will happen next on The Walking Dead? Share your predictions in a comment below.
We are the walking dead: The Walking Dead returns to AMC for the second half of season two on Sunday, February 12th.
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