Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: Hershel Sits Down on The Walking Dead Season 4

The Walking Dead’s Patrick was sweet and all, but whatever flu-like illness he contracted that killed him and turned him into a walker is seriously bad news for Team Prison. As one might expect when a person in close quarters with many others contracts a virus, whatever killed that individual (think of it as something like the Spanish Flu) is poised to spread through the prison like wildfire. With no vaccines or even easy access to medical supplies, we can expect to lose many more members of Team Prison as the illness spreads.

Robert Kirkman echoes this train of thought to Vulture revealing that “the new threat to the camp will quickly eliminate many of the newcomers we saw in the premiere.”

What’s worse? Director and special effects guru Greg Nicotero bummed us out even more when he noted that this illness could easily strike TWD fan-favorites as well.“At the end, when Patrick dies, you realize that this is not an isolated incident. [Rick’s] pig is dead, we see the walker at the fence … it’s a ticking time bomb. Now, all of a sudden, [the virus is] right in the middle of the prison.”

And yes, even idolized Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) could fall victim to this flu, all because he licked his freakin’ hands!

“We set up some great beats. Norman [Reedus, as Daryl] set up a great beat when he licks his fingers then shakes Patrick’s hand. You look at it and go, ‘Wait a minute, Daryl licked his fingers and shook Patrick’s hand and now Patrick is [dead],’” Greg continues.

Do you think this flu will force Team Prison to move elsewhere, or will they whether this storm like they have everything else? Weigh in below!

The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET.

Source: Vulture