Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: Eugene Porter Glares at Something on The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 11: “Claimed”

Scientist Dr. Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt) has been claiming that he has a cure for this zombie epidemic ever since we met him in the back half of The Walking Dead Season 4. But until now, Eugene has only been a part of a very small group that includes his sworn protector, Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz), and his somewhat reluctant sidekick, Rosita Espinosa (Christian Serratos).

Now that Abe and his crew have reached Terminus along with Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun), Tara Chambler (Alanna Masterson), Bob Stookey (Larry Gilliard Jr.), Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), and Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) how can we expect the Terminus people as well as several members of Team Prison to react to Eugene’s potentially life-changing assertion?

“There's a difference between knowing and having a cure. If you're in the middle of this devastating epidemic and someone says they know how to fix it, clearly the world is going to be a different place. It's not like you can flip a switch and everything will be fine. On our show, we to get glimpses into what the day-to-day events do to people emotionally and physically,” executive producer Greg Nicotero points out to The Hollywood Reporter before going a bit off topic:

“The last we saw Daryl, he had been chasing the car that grabbed Beth and he couldn't run anymore. He meets this group of guys and you feel like at any second, Daryl will say, ‘I’m done with you guys; this isn’t a world that I want.’ But at that point, Daryl is numb. He's lost everything and everyone he's ever loved. His choice now is to live alone or join this group of guys who clearly have something going right otherwise they wouldn't be around. We see a change in Daryl during this episode where at the beginning he doesn't want to engage Joe in any conversation and by the end, they're sharing a cigarette together and Daryl sees the strawberry bush and says, ‘Claimed.’ That speaks volumes because Daryl has found a new group and new way to survive as well as a reason to survive. That's an intriguing plot twist because knowing where Daryl is and that Maggie and Glenn are back together and their mission is to stop at Terminus, see what it is, and then head off to D.C. they have a bigger army. It's one of the first times in a long time that we have a nice, happy moment when Glenn and Maggie reunite and have that beautiful scene in the tunnel where she burns the picture and says, ‘You're not going to need a picture of me ever again.’”

So Greg didn’t talk about Eugene’s claim much (if at all) but he does point out that all of the surviving characters have managed to adapt to this world thus far, and there seems to be a sense of hope in the air.

As for how the people of Terminus and Team prison would react to news of a cure (assuming they are all told about it)? We can’t speak much for the Terminus folk but our guess is that our survivors would be incredibly skeptical. After all, Glenn and Tara are already well aware of Eugene and Abraham’s mission, and neither of them seem particularly excited or helpful.

How do you foresee everyone else reacting to the news that Eugene knows a cure for this epidemic? Tell us what you think below!

The Walking Dead Season 4 finale airs Sunday, March 30, at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter