Should we apologize to Bob Stookey (Larry Gilliard Jr.)? Based on his character in The Walking Dead’s original source material, we suspected he might be connected to The Governor (David Morrissey) — possibly a spy on the inside. Guess not. Sorry, buddy!
(He could still be responsible for the rats at the fence and the dissected rabbit, but … we have someone else in mind for that.)
Bob is, however, a guy with an alcohol problem, which makes living in the zombie apocalypse a special kind of nightmare. And he was shot in the Season 4 Episode 8 mid-season finale. So it sucks to be Bob right about now. That said, he is an Army medic, and the bullet he took wasn’t fatal; it had an exit wound and it looks like he might be OK. And there are worse fates for a guy than to be stranded on the road with Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green).
That trio got left behind when the bus left the prison during the Governor vs. Team Prison battle.
The promo for Episode 9/the back half shows Bob and Sasha walking together. Right before the battle she was thanking him for giving her the medicine that saved her from the deadly flu. Maybe Bob and Sasha will get even closer? Poor Maggie is separated from her fiance, Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun), who is also still a bit weak from the flu. Maggie may have to be the strong one in the trio with Bob and Sasha, who are both operating at less than 100 percent for different reasons.
The comics aren’t much help when it comes to guessing what’s next for Bob. His character was part of the Woodbury group and he’s not around at this point in the story. Maybe Bob will pick up pieces of another character’s story in the comics “remix” they are doing this season.
At this point, we just have to go with what we know — Bob is used to being alone, having admitted he was the sole survivor of his two past groups. We don’t know how Bob ended up solo, but maybe some of those blanks will be filled in later this season. Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) is the one who found him on the road and took him in, only about a week before the start of Season 4’s story. Daryl was not very happy with Bob the last time they were together, since Bob didn't even carry any medicine back from the veterinary college. He just took booze.
Will we see any of Bob's past in the second half, maybe via flashbacks? Who is this guy, and what (or who) is in his past? Is he going to be able to make it without access to booze? It almost feels like Bob could be on the path to a redemption story, maybe a sacrifice for the group. Maybe not.
Do you have any idea what could be next for Bob? Do you think he and Sasha could be an item? Are you too focused on the original Team Prison group to really give it much thought? The final eight episodes of the season are going to have a lot of characters and stories to balance. We’re curious to see how they manage it.
The Walking Dead Season 4 returns on Sunday, February 9 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.