First of all, we need a new group name. Team Prison lost the second half of its title in The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 8 mid-season finale, “Too Far Gone,” which is an appropriate assessment of the state of the prison.
Rick Grimes’ (Andrew Lincoln) gang started as the Atlanta group; then the farm group; then Team Prison, with members from Woodbury, apparently Decatur and wherever Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) picked up Bob Stookey (Larry Gilliard Jr.), plus now maybe remnants from The Governor’s (David Morrissey) new camp. The various groups are now scattered to the winds. Some people are on a bus, but everyone else is apparently on foot or using whatever vehicles they can find. And that’s not even counting Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride), who used to be with Team Prison and is expected to return at some vague undetermined point.
So Team Prison is now forced out and on the road. Showrunner Scott Gimple talked to The Hollywood Reporter about where they go from here, while skillfully avoiding anything resembling an answer to where they go from here.
“I can't say,” Scott said. “If you know the comic, there are a lot of differences from the comic that we do and a lot of differences that we have to do. There's going to be a lot of familiar stuff, brand-new stuff and remixed stuff. There are some things where you will totally know them and hopefully be expecting them, and then there will be stuff that's brand-new that you have no idea if it's coming but it will circle around to moments from the comic. It's very much like these eight [episodes]. Comic fans once again will absolutely see a lot of iconic moments.”
Great. In another story, THR previewed the arrival of three new characters — Sgt. Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz), Rosita Espinosa (Christian Serratos), and Dr. Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt). "There is a potential to see them sooner rather than later," Scott said of the trio.
Scott previously said we’d see a version of their story from the comics. In the original source material, Rick’s group meets that trio at Hershel’s old farm after the final prison battle. That farm burned in Season 2 — everywhere Rick goes ends up burning in the end — so we’ll have to see how they introduce the characters this time. Maybe one of the many individual groups out there does go to the farm, just for a familiar place to go.
We’re expecting to see Abraham, Eugene, and Rosita in Episode 10. In the comics, they were on their way to Washington, D.C., and our survivors joined them. Will that still be the case on TV or will there be a new destination? Will the groups ever find a way back to each other?
Eh! Too many questions, so few answers. Here are a few things to expect in Episode 9 and in the rest of the season.
The Walking Dead Season 4 returns with Episode 9 at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 9, 2014 on AMC.
Sources: The Hollywood Reporter