The Walking Dead Season 4: Tennis Ball Guy, Joe, to Return “When You Least Expect It”
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The Walking Dead Season 4: Tennis Ball Guy, Joe, to Return “When You Least Expect It”

UPDATE: Yep, we just saw him again at the end of Episode 13, "Alone," when Daryl came upon the group of guys from Rick's house. His name is Joe.

Original story:

Add another character to the many we need to follow (and worry about) in the second half of The Walking Dead Season 4: Jeff Kober’s whistling, tennis ball-bouncing “bad” guy from Episode 11.

Many fans recognized Jeff from shows like Sons of Anarchy and China Beach, and asked comic book writer/executive producer Robert Kirkman if we could expect to see him again. “I think it would be very strange if we didn’t since he’s such a recognizable actor,” RK said. “It was kind of by design. I’m actually really proud about how it all ended up. It’s almost hard to spot him the way things are edited and the way the episode goes. His character is definitely going to be returning again and it will happen when you least expect it.”

When we least expect it? OK, then let’s revise our expectations.

Jeff’s character — named Joe — wasn’t the one who actually saw Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) in the house. That was Tony, played by Davi Jay, who is credited on several more episodes, whether that’s a false trail or something to consider. Jeff isn’t currently credited on more episodes, which is another reason why IMDb is only occasionally helpful when it comes to casting spoilers. We kinda figured Tony and tennis ball guy might connect with Rick down the road, since Tony would be able to recognize him and they could have a big fight/confrontation. But maybe that’s not how it will play out.

The Walking Dead Season 4: Tennis Ball Guy, Joe, to Return “When You Least Expect It”
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Will Jeff’s character, Joe, connect with one of our Team Prisoners out there? Daryl, perhaps? Spoil the Dead shared on-set spoiler photos of Daryl walking train tracks with a gray-haired man. That man appears to look like Jeff and he's wearing the same jacket we saw Jeff's character wearing on Ep 11. (Where's Beth, though?)

Will Joe cause trouble, at Terminus or before Terminus? Is he connected to one of the other groups out there — remember Randall’s old group of tough guys from Season 2, or those people who raided the camp Mitch, Brian and company found? Is his group meant to be a version of The Marauders in the comic book? They were a small group of bandits who came upon Rick, Abraham and Carl on the road. They attacked our group and even attempted to rape Carl, but Rick and Abraham fought them off and killed them. If there’s any comic book link at all, that’s probably the best bet. We saw Jeff’s guy eating out of a can on the porch, so it doesn’t seem like he’s connected to The Hunters, who killed people for food out of desperation. And it still seems much too early for Negan and The Saviors.

Do you have a theory about this guy?

What do you think Jeff’s tennis ball guy will do next? When will we see him and what will he be doing? Will he want revenge on Rick or have something else in mind?

The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.


02.25.2014 / 12:00 AM EDT by Gina Carbone
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