Warning: Walking Dead Season 3 Midseason Finale spoilers ahead!
SPOILERS AHEAD! Major honkin’ big time spoilers that may or may not pan out, but they’ve been right so far.
Forget Prison Group vs. Woodbury. It may turn into The Walking Dead Fans vs. The Powers That Be for making us wait until February for the rest of the action, especially since it sounds like The Dixon Brothers are going to "Suffer" indeed on the Sunday, December 2 midseason finale, Season 3, Episode 8, “Made to Suffer.”
Executive producer Robert Kirkman told Entertainment Weekly we can expect to see “some pretty crazy stuff” on Sunday. “That’s also our midseason finale so I would expect some surprises here and there. It’ll be another explosive, shocking episode of the Walking Dead!”
The following is a roundup of spoilers and teases:
SPOIL THE DEAD’S EPISODE 8 INTEL
*Update* Head here to read the full post from Spoil the Dead with a play-by-play breakdown of what happens on Episode 8. It's a doozie!
Here are some highlights from the new spoilers:
OSCAR'S DEATH: Say goodbye to one of the new prison guys! "A random Woodbury citizen shoots and kills Oscar (to make room for Tyreese). Rick hallucinates that the killer is Shane and guns him down. Maggie puts another round in Oscar to prevent him from reanimating, and the group escapes without Daryl and Michone."
WHAT ABOUT THE PRISON GROUP? At the end of Episode 7, Maggie gave up the location of the prison. If someone attacks, how are the less skilled folks left at the prison going to survive? “That's certainly a danger,” executive producer Robert Kirkman told The Hollywood Reporter. “We've got Hershel, Beth, Carl and Axel with Carol still at the prison and that's not necessarily the people you would think of to be the group to defend the prison.” A promo for the episode shows Carl yelling “You have to leave her,” so it sounds like they will face a major threat, and someone may be left behind. Beth? Judith? Carol? Some other “her” out there? Well, according to Spoil the Dead's new intel, that "her" is probably one of Tyreese's group. Read below for more on that.
WHO IS TYREESE? Tyreese was Rick’s right-hand man in the original comics. He has a daughter, Julie, and she has a boyfriend, Chris. In the comics, Rick meets Tyreese out on the road. Tyreese went on to have romantic relationships with Carol and Michonne, but since Daryl is now in the mix, and he was never in the comics, they will have to reshuffle the deck to figure out where Tyreese fits in with the group. Spoil the Dead's new teaser started the episode with this description: "Lots of screaming in the woods. Tyrese and friends fight through walkers in the forest. One of their group is bitten. They stumble across the prison and debate whether to leave their injured comrade behind. Tyrese decides that they will bring her with them for now, and they climb over a broken-down section of the fence."
TYREESE IN THE PRISON: "...Meanwhile, Carl is running things at the prison. Beth, Herschel and Carl hear screams coming from somewhere in the prison, and Carl goes alone to investigate. This leads him into an unsecured part of the prison where Tyrese and friends are not doing too well. Carl leads them back to safety. [...] The injured member of Tyrese's group is revealed to be Donna. She doesn't make it. Carl maneuvers out of the room and locks up Tyrese's group for the safety of his own. No mingling for now."
HOW FAR IS THE PRISON FROM WOODBURY? You’d think it was impossible to find, based on all the torture of Glenn and Maggie. But Kirkman told Entertainment Weekly, “Well, I would say it’s maybe a few miles. There are certainly times when we seem to truncate that distance, or whatever. We’re certainly keeping it somewhat malleable. It’s not going to be a comfortable walk — but it is a possible one.” For heaven’s sake!
MICHONNE KILLS PENNY — AND THE FISH TANKS! A sneak peek shown during Talking Dead revealed that Michonne will find The Governor’s zombie daughter, Penny. If Michonne kills Penny, that will piss off The Gov big time. He may seek revenge on her Maggie-style, but go all the way, the way he did in the comics. According to Spoil the Dead's new intel: "Michone hears Penny thumping around and discovers The Governor's secret room. The Governor comes home and begs Michone not to hurt Penny, but Michone shows no mercy and stabs Penny through the head. A brutal fight ensues. The fish tanks wind up crashing down on the floor. Gov tries to pin Michone's arm down in front of one of the newly liberated zombie heads, chomping away. Michone reaches for her sword but it's just out of grasp, so she opts for a shard of glass instead, and stabs The Governor right in the eye. She's about to finish the job when Andrea arrives with gun drawn. The two circle each other and Andrea lets Michone walk away while she tends to Gov and surveys the room." So Andrea will not wake up and learn The Gov's truth yet? Ugh.
WHAT ABOUT GLENN AND MAGGIE? The new Spoil the Dead episode synopsis says "Maggie and Glenn fight off Merle and his lackey. Maggie stabs the lackey in the neck with the zombie bone. Reinforcements arrive and get the better of Maggie and Glenn, who are led off with bags over their heads. The gunfire from the brief scuffle attracts Rick and crew, who ambush the execution squad with flash and smoke grenades and grab their friends." Eventually, the spoiler states, the group escapes, but without Daryl...
THE DIXON BOYS ARE IN TROUBLE! Spoil the Dead's synopsis ends with this: "The Governor makes his mid-season finale speech at the Woodbury zombie arena. He names Merle a traitor and has his men drag Daryl out into the circle, captured and bound. The town chants for the brothers to be put to death." Nooo! Fans will riot if anything happens to Daryl. Then again, at least we're getting the Dixon bros reunion we wanted!
LATE SEASON TEASE: MORGAN RETURNS: Remember Morgan from Season 1, the guy with the son who saved Rick when Rick had just emerged from the hospital? He’s coming back later this season, although the details are still unclear.
Are you excited for the rest of the season or dreading the long winter wait? What are you most interested in seeing play out?
Sources: Entertainment Weekly, Spoil the Dead, The Hollywood Reporter
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