There’s a few things I wanted to get into about the return of The Walking Dead. [There’s spoilers in here so beware]. I really like the show and I may be in the minority by saying I don’t mind the lack of zombies in this season overall. This may be because I have always felt the story is about the people and how they cope in the world with zombies. Now, don’t get me wrong I love zombies and definitely would love to see more of them, I’m just not too upset about it either. How the people cope in the zombie-infested world was finally brought into the show much better than it was in the first season (the Latino gang at the nursing home) with the introduction of Tony & Dave. Robert Kirkman talks to the Hollywood Reporter about this episode and the season.
THR: Was casting a known actor (Michael Raymond-James, Terriers, True Blood) as Dave a way to tease viewers that he might be The Governor?
Kirkman: I was always hoping that people would think he was potentially The Governor. We were definitely casting him because we wanted people to believe that that role was very important because we knew how the episode ended.
THR: Rick shoots Tony twice for good measure but it’s unclear if Dave is really dead. Is there a chance he survived?
Kirkman: You’ll get the answer to that very early on in Episode 9. Maybe he got him on the first pass, maybe he didn’t.
I had this same thought when watching this week’s episode and maybe someone seeing next week’s episode already will be able to debunk this theory. I also thought that maybe Merle will be The Governor if Dave is dead. We still have yet to see anything about him.
My next thought, and the producers, showrunner, everyone involved in the show has really been out there saying people are going to be dying soon.
THR: That’s if she survives the car crash. Is there a possibility we could see Lori follow the comics trajectory and be killed off sooner rather than latter?
Kirkman: Any character can go at any moment. That’s a really compelling story. If the viewers get to a point where they sit down to watch The Walking Dead and they truly believe that anyone could go at any moment, we’ve done our jobs. I don’t know that we’re quite there yet but we’ll get there eventually. No one is safe in this show. You might start to see that soon.
THR: How will the group deal with the ramifications of Lori’s accident? Will there be another search?
Kirkman: If there were to be a search for Lori, and I don’t want this to be read as any spoilers as to what Lori’s fate is, but any kind of search for Lori would be hugely repetitious over the search for Sophia. There will be no search for Lori. We will definitely see the direct outcome of this car crash very early on in the next episode but it will not lead to a search.
I bolded and italicized that last line because HOLY SHIT COULD WE REALLY DEAL WITH THAT? If you’ve read the comics you know Lori dies eventually [I told you there would be spoilers above}, I just never thought she would die this early if she is one of the people they keep hinting at will die. What I think may happen is that she lives, but loses the baby which will give them a way of not having to rely on Hershel. These are all theories of course since I haven’t actually seen next weeks episode in which these points are supposed to be quickly dealt with.