Update 2: Here's a full recap of Episode 6!
Update 1: Showrunner Scott Gimple said Episode 6 would further define who The Governor is, including a flashback element, which definitely sounds like a standalone ep. Based on the sneak peek video and photos — including The Governor standing in front of the burning Woodbury Town Hall — it's looking like we'll pick up right after Season 3, then watch The Gov. trash Woodbury so no one else can live there.
It sounds like the episode will at least start with Martinez and Shumpert still with The Governor, but will they stick with him? Will they leave him behind? (Wouldn't you?)
What do you think is coming in “Live Bait”? Any theories about the title? Are the prisoners the live bait? Is there a spy on the inside? Is that a reference to those rats used to bait the walkers at the fence, to weaken the prison defenses?
Here’s the synopsis for the Sunday, November 17 Episode 6, "Live Bait": “Group members struggle to find their humanity while being constantly threatened.”
That could mean anything. There’s no mention of the prison, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), or any of the people we know. It could even be about a sitcom on a different network, it’s so vague. That’s kinda why, when we first saw that description, we thought it might be for one of The Gov’s reported standalone eps.
Many moons ago, TVLine said The Gov would have "a major presence" in at least two Season 4 episodes, unofficially billed as “standalone Governor” eps, which were rumored to fall in the first half of the season. The first half only has eight episodes, so if that’s still true it has to include Ep 6, 7 or the mid-season finale, Episode 8. TV Guide also added, “The Governor's whereabouts will be revealed in two flashback episodes later this season.”
Here’s another reason we’re thinking Episode 6 might be one of The Gov’s standalone episodes. In June, SpoilerTV said Episode 6 would be called "Rise" and that could be a possible reference to one of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead novels, Rise of The Governor.
At the same time, SpoilerTV issued a casting notice for three Episode 6 characters — two women and an older man, who has a granddaughter. (So, technically that's four people.) It’s possible that’s the Chalmers family — Tara, April, and David — who are featured in Rise of the Governor. Earlier this season, Alanna Masterson was cast in a mystery role, with speculation that she’d be playing Tara Chalmers. Don't be surprised if we see her in action this week.
We speculated that the “standalones” might be eps 6 and 7, telling The Governor’s backstory in flashbacks, building up to the big mid-season finale, Episode 8, with The Governor’s big attack on the prison. But who knows.
The Governor showed himself outside the prison at the end of Episode 5. The promo for Episode 6 (see below) is pretty vague, but it does make us think they just don't want to share too much Governor intel in advance.
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The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.