Update 2: Here's a full recap of Episode 7!
Update 1: Two new foreign promos just shared a lot of good intel on this episode. In the one from New Zealand, we see The Governor has a tank, which could be a big hint to a scene from the comic books. In the promo from Brazil, it looks like Martinez ends up in a walker pit. Maybe he manages to not get eaten, but it's hard to see how. Also, Hershel seems to find The Gov.'s new camp. So there will be some aspects of Team Prison that blend into The Gov.'s flashback story this week, and it looks like the timelines will catch up. Watch the new videos below. Do you think The Gov. will use Hershel, and maybe Michonne, to get access to the prison?
We know Episode 6, “Live Bait,” was a Governor ep, but will the Sunday, November 24 Episode 7, “Dead Weight” include any prison time at all?
A long time ago, TVLine said The Gov. would have "a major presence" in at least two Season 4 episodes, unofficially billed as “standalone Governor” eps. TV Guide also added, “The Governor's whereabouts will be revealed in two flashback episodes later this season.”
That never spelled out no prison, but Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) recently told Atlanta Magazine, “My job is to serve my character in the scripts that I’m given. I just read two scripts, both of which I’m not in. And I think they’re the greatest episodes we’ve ever had.”
Two scripts without Rick does suggest Gov. standalones, and it still makes sense for Episode 7 to follow Episode 6 to build up the action before an inevitable standoff with the prison on December 1’s Episode 8, which is the mid-season finale and our last look at new episodes until February 2014.
What’s Episode 7 about?
We know it will follow Martinez (you'll never be free of The Governor, man!) and it looks like The Gov. joins his new group, although who knows for how long. Does Martinez consider Tara, Lilly and Meghan "dead weight"? The promo (watch it below) suggests they find another camp that's well supplied, and Martinez's group wants to go over and just take stuff.
In the promo, when The Gov. says "We will do the only thing to protect this camp," does he mean his mini family, the new Martinez group, or the camp they all want to take over? Maybe he wants to protect the new camp from Martinez and his bad boys? Maybe The Gov. will play savior again.
Here are more hints on this Sunday's action:
• Here’s Zap2it’s TV listing: “Something new unfolds at a camp outside the prison; the addition of new members may threaten peace.”
• Here’s TV Guide’s TV listing: "A new and scary chapter begins to form at a camp outside the prison."
• Over at Spoil the Dead, a fan shared an expanded description from their TV listing: "The beginnings of a potentially horrifying chapter unfold with the establishment of a camp outside the prison; the possibility of the group finding peace amongst their savage new existence drives them to consider the idea of welcoming new members."
Before speculating too much about that, let’s talk about new characters.
Here’s a casting notice SpoilerTV shared back in July: “The title of The Walking Dead episode 4.07 is ‘Dead Weight’ and 2 brothers who are about 30 are being cast: Mack is an aggressive wiseass and Patrick is fair-minded. Mack is recurring and Patrick is a guest role.” Update: Here's more intel on the brothers. They are now called Mitch and Pete.
There’s also this to consider: Actress Juliana Harkavy is meant to start working this week. A September 18 post on her website shows her in a photo with Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) and Andrew Lincoln, dressed as their characters. The blurb under the pic reads, "Juliana will be appearing as a new recurring character in season 4 of The Walking Dead, look for her starting in episode 7!" On November 11, she posted on Facebook: "I am currently laying down and alive, but two weeks from now I will join #TheWalkingDead Set them TiVos!"
That does suggest we will see her on November 24, and hanging out with Andy and Norman in character suggests some prison action. Should we read into that? (Update: If you watch one of the sneak peek videos below, it looks like you can see Juliana's character with Martinez's group, after Meghan is pulled up from the pit. She appears to bond with Tara and that group, since we see her on the ground with a shaken Tara in one of the promos.)
If she sees prison time, maybe she connects with The Gov. and is part of a camp that tries to take over (or help?) the prison, either starting in Episode 7 or more likely in the Episode 8 mid-season finale. Is the “savage” existence in the synopsis a hint to The Hunters, a cannibal group featured in the comics? Or are they just starving and tired of running and ready to do anything for the peace of living in a place the prison? Will they connect with Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride)? How about Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson) and Michonne (Danai Gurira), who were just seen leaving the prison at the end of Episode 5?
Do you have any predictions for Episode 7, based off the limited information thus far? Share!
The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.