Joe's (Jeff Kober) merry band of claimers are currently tracking our beloved Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) with the plan to exact revenge for Rick killing their buddy Lou in the bathroom on The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 11.
They see themselves as the injured parties, ignoring the idea that the house was already "claimed" by Rick, Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs). Joe's group knew a woman was shacking up there, since back in “Claimed” they said they found Michonne’s old shirt and called dibs on who would be first with her when she came back.
So now that we know Joe's group is headed to Terminus, but not connected to the place (and not seeming to be The Hunters), do you think they could take on some of the other aspects of The Marauders storyline from the comics?
In the comic books (Issue #57), after Rick and company survive the prison battle and meet up with Abraham Ford’s (Michael Cudlitz) group at Hershel's farm, Rick decides to take a trip back to his hometown to get supplies. TWD the TV show already did a version of this last season, with Rick, Carl and Michonne. In the books, it was Rick, Carl and Abraham.
On the first night of their supply trip, the trio were ambushed by three bandits. Rick tried to fight them off but he got still another beatdown. They said they were going to rape Carl because Rick tried to fight them. Rick and Abraham managed to fight back and killed the guys. (Rick even bites one of the bandits in the neck.) Abraham and Rick later talked about what happened, and Rick said it wasn't the first thing that made him wonder if he's still human, and he figured it wouldn't be the last.
What if they do a TV version of that, subbing in Michonne for Abraham and maybe making her the one the Marauders threaten to rape? They already hinted to that back on Ep 11 so it wouldn't be out of the question. Or maybe both Michonne and Carl are threatened in some way, testing their strong new bond.
We know "brutality" is coming for Rick, and we have to imagine it's coming from the Marauders. Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) is still the wild card, since of course he's not going to want to fight his buddy Rick but is he going to be able to turn around and kill his cat-loving new friend Joe?
The finale is meant to be “savage,” and AMC released a finale poster showing Rick, Carl and Michonne, teasing "Who Will Arrive? #Terminus." Both Episode 16 sneak peek videos show that trio in the woods — one with them hunting, until Carl runs off when he hears a man screaming, and another of the trio talking about everything they've had to do to get there. On Talking Dead, Chris Hardwick said they could only show that existential crisis clip because every other scene in the action-packed finale would give too much away.
How do you think this is going to play out? Will Rick and company meet up with Joe's band before getting to Terminus, in some kind of road ambush? Will they meet up at Terminus? Will Joe's group crash the place — it's not like security is strong — and destroy it? Will we have to watch another major sanctuary battle, ala the prison? There's a ton of fan speculation about The Hunters being involved, but if that's the case how would they fit into the Marauders vs. Rick battle? Are they tied to the cliffhanger we're expecting?
What are your theories about how the Rick vs. Marauders confrontation will play out?
The Walking Dead Season 4 finale airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.