It’s not like — *poof* — everyone who was sick back on The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 5 will suddenly be completely healthy when we return to see what happened to them in Episode 9.
We spent Episodes 6 and 7 with The Governor (David Morrissey) and went to war in Episode 8, but that battle happened just after the Episode 5 “Internment” timeframe, which showed Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson) fighting to help the flu-addled prison survivors and the veterinary college group finally arriving with the needed medicine.
So folks like Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) have medicine in their systems, but they were still in rough shape as they fled the prison. (Lizzie, on the other hand, seemed suspiciously fine as she shot Alisha...) And we saw some other sick-looking walkers out there, so the virus may be wreaking havoc in the greater world, where our beloved Team Prison expats are now trying to survive in the second half of Season 4.
Channel Guide Magazine recently spoke with Greg Nicotero, the special effects guru and producer who also directed the upcoming Episode 9. CGM asked if it’s possible we haven’t seen the end of the virus. “Yeah, it’s very possible!” Greg said. “I really don’t want to ruin anything, because I tend to talk a lot and I don’t want to give anything away and then in February you’ll call me and say, ‘You a—hole! You @#$%ing ruined that for me!’ [laughs]”
We like when The Powers That Be tend to talk a lot! He could’ve been more definitive if it was a “No, that storyline is over,” so it suggests a revisiting of the illness, or at least its aftermath.
Right after Episode 5, Steven Yeun told The Hollywood Reporter, “The flu definitely still plays a part; you don't just heal right away — even if you have medicine, it takes time to recover from. A lot of that stuff will play.”
We last saw Glenn on that bus filled with prison peeps we don’t know very well. He was still looking run down as the bus drove away from the battle. Also looking rough was Sasha, who was last seen with Bob Stookey (Larry Gilliard Jr.) — who was shot — and Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan). At the very least, we’re worried that Glenn’s weakened state will compromise his safety, especially since one new teaser showed him in a dangerous position.
Do you think more people will get sick in the second half, or do you think we’ll just see people who had the flu struggle to recover in the outside world?
The Walking Dead Season 4 returns with Episode 9 on Sunday, February 9 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
Source: Channel Guide Magazine