The Walking Dead Season 4 will end on Sunday, March 30 with Episode 16, “A.” Here’s a synopsis: "Many paths collide; Rick faces sheer brutality; the group struggles to survive."
OK, so that suggests the Team Prison stories will finally merge, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) will be in trouble (but at least he’ll get screen time) and the group will struggle with bad stuff.
And that leads us to believe “A” means…
Those dots are for you. What does “A” mean? We’re asking.
When the episode titles and brief synopses were first revealed, we paired them with Robert Kirkman’s tease that the second half would start bleak but we’d move to something a bit more hopeful by the end. An AMC exec also said they knew where the season would end, and it’s similar to when we got to the prison at the end of Season 3. That’s supposed to be a hint on the direction of Season 5.
So we first thought “A” must mean the Alexandria Safe-Zone. It still has the strongest connection to the comics, but here we are just two episodes away from the finale and we’re not even headed in that direction. We’re on the tracks to Terminus, which is not going to be located in Alexandria, VA, because the map shows it’s in Georgia, where the rest of the action is set.
“A” could still be Alexandria, if they point to a map or something and head northeast on the finale, since Abraham’s group wants to get to Washington, D.C., and that’s how the characters end up in Alexandria in the comics. We still have yet to hit the road for D.C., so that may be coming in Season 5, unless they skip that storyline completely. (Would they?)
Let’s say “A” isn’t related to Alexandria. What else? A for Abraham? A for Aaron, who was the Safe-Zone’s recruiter guide in the comics? A for America? A for Atlanta? A for Augusta? A for Point A, the new starting point? A type “A” personality?
In case looking back helps you look forward, the past episode finale titles were "TS-19" (for the CDC’s Test Subject 19, Jenner’s wife), "Beside the Dying Fire" (the barn burned down and the group fled the overrun farm), and "Welcome to the Tombs" (Governor’s Woodbury team is ambushed at the prison). Does that help? No?
Do you think “A” stands for Alexandria? If not, does it have other meaning we could sleuth out now — in relation to the comics or other TV story points — or is it something we could never guess without seeing the ep first? Share your own thoughts and theories below!
The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.