Who ends up alone in “Alone”? Anyone? Bueller? The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 13 airs Sunday, March 9, and it will follow the two storylines of Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Beth Greene (Emily Kinney); and Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan), Bob Stookey (Larry Gilliard Jr.) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green).
One fan shared his or her cable directory synopsis for this week, and it reads, "Survivors begin to suspect that they have come across a promising new shelter; A group comes to the realization that safety is not about the environment they are in but the quality of the individuals that make up the group itself." The shelter may be the funeral home type place that Beth and Daryl find near the cemetery. The “quality of the individuals” line could be taken various ways; in a positive light, it could mean that Bob, Sasha, and Maggie may not have bullets left and they may be surrounded by walkers in a creepy mist, but they are quality survivors and they can make it! But maybe that’s too Pollyanna.
Anyway, we’ve only seen one promo for this ep so far, and the two sneak peeks are basically the same — the trio fighting walkers in that otherworldly fog/mist. (Update: A new sneak peek shows Beth and Daryl tracking in the woods, and a U.K. promo hints to a Beth and Daryl separation.) But there’s still a lot of info in the videos, so here are nine takeaways:
1. Maggie and Bob Have New Supplies
The promo starts with Maggie and Bob leaving the woods and looking like they are about to possibly get to the train tracks we’ve come to know, love, and fear. The promo does not show the tracks, but it looks like they are in that area. Maggie has a backpack and Bob has a backpack and a rolled-up sleeping bag. The promo makes it look like they are still in an area with fog, but maybe that's deceptive. One of AMC's photos from this ep is in clear daylight with Bob having the same gear. Where did they get that stuff, and is this Maggie/Bob scene, and Bob's photo, set during the start of the episode or after the fog fight? Is Sasha with them as they walk out of the woods?
2. "We Got Six Bullets"
We hear Sasha's voice-over say "We got six bullets ... odds are, we will be dead. That's the reality." We don't know if that's one sentence said in that exact way or split editing. Probably split editing. As we hear that, we see Maggie sitting down, looking up, presumably at Sasha, who is in the next cut. Sasha has a new sweater-shirt and she's holding a gun.
3. Sasha and Bob Have a Talk — Bob has a new bandage?
Around the 11-second mark of the promo, Sasha and her sweater are talking to what looks like Bob, since we see his sleeve rolled up and his bandaged arm. (He got shot at the prison.) So Sasha may have been giving Bob her "we will be dead" speech. But is that before or after the fog scene? And is that a new bandage, perhaps picked up when they found the other supplies?
4. Knife, Knife, Stick
Sasha said they had six bullets left, and the photo of Bob shows him with a gun, but maybe they are already out of ammo by the time they fight the walkers in the fog. In that scary scene, Bob and Maggie fight the walkers with knives. It’s possible they just chose to save their precious bullets or not use them to attract more attention. Sasha also sharpened a long stick into a weapon. That's all they have to fight the walkers.
5. Is Bob Bit?
At the end of the promo and sneak peek, Bob seems to be surrounded and perhaps even bit. Sasha screams "Bob!" The previews aren't likely to give us a "Bob dies right here and now, guys!" spoiler. He probably fights off the walkers or maybe a walker conveniently bites him right on his bandage. Not to get obsessed with the timing of the fog scene, but do you think it’s before the "six bullets" talk or the shot of Bob on train tracks, or do you think the episode might end with the trio (if they all make it) on train tracks, with the hope being that they follow the tracks to a Terminus sign?
6. Maggie Is Attacked
One shot shows Maggie on the ground, fighting a walker on top of her. Earlier in the promo, we hear her calm voice say "I'm not giving up." She may be responding to the "we will be dead" idea, or referring to her quest to find Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun).
7. Beth and Daryl - Daytime = Good
At the start of the Beth and Daryl section of the promo, we see them in a graveyard in the daylight. They find a particular grave and Daryl steps back. They hold hands. Could they be holding a kind of funeral for lost Team Prisoners? Do they see a certain gravestone, perhaps for a child or family, and it moves them to hold their own service for the departed (or people they assume to be departed)?
8. Beth and Daryl - Nighttime = Bad
There's a shot around the 19-second mark of the promo where Beth is in the dark and she looks at something in horror. At the 21-second mark we see Daryl in the dark, with boarded-up windows behind him. The next second, it looks like the walkers are coming through a door, which would imply they are entering a shelter. Maybe it's the funeral home place that Beth seems to be in the other AMC photo from this episode. The synopsis says a group finds a shelter, but maybe that shelter is compromised when walkers bust in? Or something? We hear Daryl yell "Beth! Run!" But he's the one we see running through the graveyard. She doesn't seem to be behind him. We hear Beth's voice say, "I'm not gonna leave you!" which implies that Daryl is the one in trouble. Maybe he's surrounded and he plans to fight them off alone to save her?
9. Beth is learning to track ... and survive without Daryl?
This could be foreshadowing. A new Beth and Daryl sneak peek was shared when Norman was on Jimmy Fallon's show. It shows Beth and Daryl in the woods as he teaches her how to track. She has the crossbow and she figures out how to follow a walker. "I'm getting good at this," she says with a smile. "Pretty soon I won't need you at all." Will they get split up during the nighttime cemetery scene? Has Daryl been training her to survive "Alone"?
The previews want us to worry for everyone, as usual, but do you think anyone will not make it through this episode? Will we lose a Greene sister? Will Bob go away before we even learn about his past? Will Sasha die before she’s reunited with her brother? Will Daryl fall victim to Beth’s jinx that he’ll be the last man standing? Will none of that happen at all?
What are your theories about “Alone”? The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.