Let’s hit the fast-forward button for a minute. The Walking Dead Season 4 just aired Episode 4, “Indifference,” which was directed by Tricia Brock. Tricia directed another episode this season, Episode 10, which should air in February when the second half of the 16-episode season kicks off.
Tricia recently talked to the Columbia Daily Tribune about her experience directing both episodes (she also directed last season’s standout Episode 12, “Clear.”) She said “Indifference” would feature two separate storylines and a "big emotional departure" for one of the characters. Yep, that sounds about right, since we know that was the dual supply runs with the departure of Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride), thanks (but no thanks) to The Ricktator (Andrew Lincoln)
Episode 10 sounds even more ambitious, and Tricia told the paper it was a bigger test of her organizational skills. That episode, whose title has yet to be revealed, will feature four different storylines and "some of the oddest couplings of groups you've seen" on the show. "There was violence, difficulty in dealing with one another, terror,” she added. “It's a very intimate episode. We see how these very odd groups were thrown together and how they deal with that."
Magic. Loving it already. Who are the groups? Three potentially major characters are supposed to be introduced during this episode, so we have to imagine they are in the group mix in some fashion. The three newbies are characters straight out of the comics, but altered a bit as the TV show is wont to do: Sgt. Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz), Rosita Espinosa (Christian Serratos), and Dr. Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt).
Based on an old casting notice from over the summer, we’re expecting to see them in Episode 10. That episode will follow the back-half premiere, Episode 9, which will air in early-to-mid-February. That’s the first episode after the big mid-season finale, Episode 8, which we’ll see on December 1. We’ve already heard great-yet-terrible things about that mid-season finale, and we’re just guessing we’ll be in a panicked state come Episode 9.
In the comics, Abraham, Rosita, and Eugene meet the survivors of Rick’s prison group back at Hershel Greene’s (Scott Wilson) old farm. They may not do that on TV since we were left with the impression that the farm was burned down or just no longer an option. But maybe we will see them on the farm, or just somewhere on the road, since (in the books) Rick and company leave the prison after The Governor’s (David Morrissey) big return attack.
The comics and TV show don’t even often match-up storylines, but we are expecting a big return from The Gov. and it does seem like we’ll be venturing away from the prison pretty soon.
Just keep in mind some of the teases we’ve heard so far. Andrew Lincoln said Episode 8 would be maybe the biggest thing they’d ever attempted on the show, adding that it will be “thrilling,” “mind-blowing,” and “painful.” He said Episode 9 is a big one for Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs), who does something cool and basically owns the hour. And now we have details on Episode 10.
And after all the teases ... we still have no idea what’s going to happen next. It’s exciting and nerve-racking at the same time!
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The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
Source: Columbia Daily Tribune