We cannot help but overanalyze this sneak peek photo of some of our favorite Team Prison members, looking like they're gearing up for a fight. Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan), Beth Greene (Emily Kinney), Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Tyreese (Chad Coleman), Some Guy, Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), and Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) all look pretty geared up and ready to go, or at least like they're getting amped for a fight. They're all staring at the same point on a horizon, which makes us think that they're staring down our favorite villain: The Governor (David Morrissey).
It doesn't hurt that the other photo we have from the mid-season finale features The Gov. himself, staring straight forward, with the same look on his face. The main difference? The Governor's backup is a freaking tank.
Now, we've been worried sick about Team Prison during this little Governor-centric break, so this photo reached us at a vulnerable point. Let's over-analyze these shots together.
1. That guy between Tyreese and Daryl? Yeah, he's totally dead. The Walking Dead has been employing the ol' Redshirt strategy in full force this season, so if you're introduced to someone for the first time in a super-violent episode — and they're suddenly and inexplicably besties with the main characters — chances are that person is doomed.
On the plus side, since they're bringing in the Redshirts for this mid-season stand-off, it means we might not lose that many main characters. At least, not enough main characters to fill up a whole death-filled episode.
2. Carl looks like he's going to fight, which means that Rick gave up on keeping him inside and out of harm's way. Suddenly, we like him for killing The Governor — especially given his close relationship with Michonne, who has had a target on The Gov.'s head the whole season.
Now let's just hope that Rick doesn't lose everything he loves in this battle. The Ricktator's no fun without a little family-man contrast.
Sasha is missing, too, and considering they were the two able-bodied adults with to fall victim to the flu and live to tell the tale, it's possible they're still recovering. It's also possible that the medicine didn't work. We would say that Tyreese looking ready to bust some skulls is a bad sign if he didn't always look like that.
4. The absence of Hershel and Michonne is also notable, but we have at least a slightly better idea of where they are — out for a drive, if they made it past the Governor's crosshairs.
The Walking Dead mid-season finale airs Sunday, December 1 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.