Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the two storylines of tonight's The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 11, "Claimed" will connect by the end — but maybe we'll be surprised. We wouldn’t mind! We’d love for more Team Prisoners to start reuniting.
On that note, the February 23 episode promo does show Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) walking train tracks. We have now been trained to associate those tracks with the "Terminus" sanctuary sign of Episode 10. That guy that Tyreese (Chad Coleman), Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) and the girls ran into told them to stay on the tracks to sanctuary, and on the way they saw a map with a sign reading, "Sanctuary for all. Community for all. Those that arrive, survive.”
If you check out the promo, after the shot at the 11-second mark of our Richonne Grimes trio walking the tracks (nice jacket, Rick!), we see them stop to look at something. But they don't just stop to look, they give it the We're Reading Something stare. What if they too see a sign for this mythical sanctuary at the end of the yellow brick road/rainbow/train tracks?
Let's say they do see a sign, or even if they just decide to stay on the train tracks because it’s a handy path, do you think they could soon come across another Team Prison group? We know Ty, Carol, Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino), Mika (Kyla Kenedy) and Judith were on the tracks, but Daryl and Beth Greene (Emily Kinney) were also seen there too. Maybe even Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan), Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Bob Stookey (Larry Gilliard Jr.) end up following the tracks and they all reunite at this Terminus place, for better or worse. It could be totally fine — the haven they've been hoping for — but when has anything worked out for these people for too long?
We're very curious about who finds shelter, since the Episode 13 synopsis for "Alone" (March 9) reads, "One group finds a shelter; a group has a realization about protection." And the next synopsis, for Episode 14, "The Grove" (March 16) states, "After establishing a new shelter, the group considers things returning to they way they used to be."
That sounds suspiciously like a sanctuary, no? But is it not the Terminus sanctuary? Whatever it is, don't get too comfortable since the next two episode synopses — for Episode 15 and the season finale Episode 16 — both use the word "brutality" and the finale adds “the group struggles to survive.” However, they also say “many paths collide,” so at the very least we’re expecting the many Team Prison threads to collide … just in time for brutality and another struggle to survive. Fun!
Do you think Rick, Michonne, and Carl could end up following the sanctuary path? Who will they meet up with first, whenever they come across other prison peeps?
The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.