The title for tonight's Sunday, March 9 episode of The Walking Dead Season 4 sounds depressing, but the official synopsis offers a bit more hope: On Episode 13, "Alone," "One group finds a shelter; a group has a realization about protection."
The "Alone" promo shows Daryl and Beth holding hands at a cemetery, then on the run; but Maggie, Bob and Sasha are stuck in a creepy mist. The fog of war!
Sasha told her group they only had six bullets, and Talking Dead's sneak peek took us deep into the creepy mist. Seriously. It's almost like they're trying to mimic Frank Darabont's film The Mist (which also starred Melissa McBride, Laurie Holden and Jeffrey DeMunn, just FYI). Please don't literally re-enact that film! The ending... But we see Bob is really surrounded by walkers. He was in a similar situation with Daryl, Tyreese and Michonne back on that car trip to the veterinary college earlier in the season, but this time he also has to contend with the fog. Talking Dead said Lauren Cohan and Sonequa Martin-Green would be on the show next week after Ep 13, but why not Lawrence Gilliard too?
One of AMC's photos for Ep 13 shows Bob on train tracks (Terminus?!), and he has a backpack and a rolled-up blanket. Where did he get those? He didn't have that backpack or blanket on Ep 10. Maybe the fog scene is early in the episode, then this group finally gets on the train tracks and heads to the "sanctuary" almost everyone else is heading to.
The second AMC photo shows Beth in what looks like maybe a funeral home. Is that the "shelter" of the synopsis? Do Beth and Daryl do a kind of funeral for Hershel and the others they believe to be dead? Does Beth sing? We know they end up holding hands at the cemetery, perhaps that's during their own little service, before the action that makes them run. Do you think Beth and Daryl could be split up this week? Will something happen to Beth? She did say Daryl would miss her when she's gone. That felt like foreshadowing.
Speaking of foreshadowing, a new Beth and Daryl Ep 13 sneak peek was shared when Norman was on Jimmy Fallon's show. It shows Beth and Daryl in the woods as he teaches her how to track. She has his crossbow and she figures out how to follow a walker. "I'm getting good at this," she says with a smile. "Pretty soon I won't need you at all." Dun dun DUN! Is that a hint to the "Alone" title? Also, a U.K. promo for this ep shares most of the same intel as the U.S. promo, except for adding a clip where Beth throws the crossbow back to Daryl in the shelter house, when walkers come in, and he tells her to run. It does look like they will be separated at that point. Will they reunite later or not?
And where the heck are Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride), Tyreese (Chad Coleman), Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino), Mika (Kyla Kenedy), and baby Judith?! We haven't seen them since Ep 10 either, and we may have to riot if we don't see them at all for another week.
If any mini group needs to find shelter, it’s one with three young kids. Ty, Carol and the girls were the first to be shown seeing that “Terminus” map. Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Carl (Chandler Riggs) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) also saw a sign and map in Ep 11, but it’s not clear in the timeline of post-prison life whether they saw it around the same time as Carol & Co. or not. Either way, it would be nice to see the kids find shelter — and we’re so curious about this Terminus place. Do you think it’s too soon for us to see it?
It may be fair to have some cautious optimism about the shelter reference in the Ep 13 synopsis, since the synopsis for March 16’s Episode 14, “The Grove,” reads, “After establishing a new shelter, the group considers things returning to they way they used to be.” Doesn’t that sound too good to be true? It would be great if Maggie, Bob and Sasha got to Terminus on Episode 13 and realized Tyreese, Carol and the kids were already there. (Ty and his sister could be reunited!) Does that sound like a fantasy? We know the ish is really gonna hit the fan on Episode 15, since the penultimate episode is always a dramatic one, and the guy who directed “Us” warned that something “bad” will happen.
And we know at least one of the “bad guys” in Rick’s house will return at some point, when we least expect it. We're expecting Daryl to connect with that whistling, tennis-ball-bouncing guy played by Jeff Kober, since it looks like they were filming together, walking train tracks. (More train tracks!) So keep that in mind. He may even show up this week.
Do you think a mini group will get lucky on Ep 13 and find shelter, or is the only shelter that funeral home place before walkers attack and Beth and Daryl possibly get separated? Any theories about “Alone,” including thoughts on the title and synopsis?
**UPDATE***: Spoil the Dead’s “spoiler fairies” shared a full synopsis of this episode. Good news: No one dies. Bad news: Beth gets kidnapped! Yeah. But that’s apparently why Daryl is running and shouting “Beth!” in the promos. He’s following her as a car drives away. She’s said to be bagged and pulled into a black car with a white cross in the back window. The car had been following them when they found their shelter at the funeral home. (The Hunters, do you think? Or, since a cross is involved, maybe a version of Father Gabriel Stokes in the comics? Maybe he’s our Gareth?) Daryl ends up connecting with the bad guys from Rick’s house in “Claimed,” and he joins them. In other news, Bob, Sasha and Maggie all end up on the train tracks to Terminus, and the last shot is reportedly of Glenn seeing the Terminus sign too. We should also get details on Bob's past this week, and that's reportedly how the episode will start, with a little Bob flashback. It sounds like the ep should end on a hopeful note in terms of an eventual Terminus reunion, but it may get scary for Beth in the meantime ... especially if she was nabbed by The Hunters. Hopefully that's not the case, but we'll see.
The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.