The Walking Dead comes back to life on AMC this Sunday, and it'll do so with a bang (how else?), picking up where November's mid-season finale left off: The zombie barn massacre that left little undead Sophia decidedly dead-dead.
Sunday's mid-season premiere episode is called "Nebraska," and the AMC description tells us this much: "Rick and the others try to restore order in the aftermath of a terrible
discovery. Hershel takes up an old habit and disappears, Rick and Glenn
must follow him into town."
Well, that's not very vivid. Luckily, the web is abuzz with spoilers and hints about the episode, as well as the rest of The Walking Dead season 2. Here's the rest of the scoop before Sunday:
Major Barn Scene Aftermath
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In an interview with Collider,
Norman Reedus says, "When we come back, we pick up where that left off.
It sucked to lose Madison [Lintz]. We really liked her. She was part of
our family. We also go in different directions, after that. It's so
devastating. Shane (Jon Bernthal) built that up to a huge point that he
tried to make, and it just went horribly wrong. Hershel (Scott Wilson)
saw his whole family, who he thought was sick and that he could
resurrect, so to speak, massacred in front of his face. Carol (McBride)
saw her daughter as a zombie. A lot went down, in so many different
directions. It just exploded us off, in all different ways. [...] There's a lot to talk about.
"A Car Crash, Dale the Detective, A New CharacterAusiello shared his scoop
on Sunday's episode: "all of Rick's group -- save for one person -- gets the bum's rush from
Hershel; Dale shares with someone his theory that Shane sacrificed Otis;
there's a rather ridiculous major car crash
, considering how deserted
the roads are; and Michael Raymond James (Terriers
) shows up as a shifty survivor from Philly
who introduces us to a new nickname for the walkers."Rick's Leadership Restored
When a despairing cast member comes to Rick complaining "about the futility of carving out a life in the post-zombie apocalypse," says the Huffington Post's Maureen Ryan
, we won't hear a familiar, corny speech from the group's leader. Instead, "his response made quite a bit of sense and it was delivered with a welcome mixture of anger and finality. That bracing speech, as well as more of Rick's actions in Sunday's episode, began the process of restoring the legitimacy of his leadership.
That effort has a ways to go, considering how conciliatory Rick can be as a leader; but at least he ends the episode with his spine somewhat restored."Not Much Daryl -- But You Might Not Miss HimE! Online's Kristin Dos Santos
watched the episode, and says that "aside from a brief exchange with Sophia's grieving mom Carol," we'll barely see Daryl Dixon in Sunday's new episode. But she also hints that the hour is "a slow burner with such a huge payoff
that you might forget all about Daryl." Not likely -- but that's a good endorsement!Not Many Zombies, Either -- But They're Coming!
In an extended, enlightening interview with New York Magazine
, showrunner Glen Mazzara promises that the zombies are coming -- but only when they fit naturally with the story: "If we do a zombie attack in a particular episode, some people criticize
us: "Well, it's the zombie of the week." If we don't do a zombie of the
week, people say, "There's no zombies, it's a bullshit show." So, in the
midseason premiere, there's only two sort of throwaway zombies. The
next few episodes are very zombie-heavy.
Because that's what fits with
the story. It didn't feel plausible, in that first episode after the
zombie massacre inside the barn, that there would be a massacre an hour
later."Mysterious Strangers with Mysterious Motives
HuffPo's Ryan also mentioned the two mysterious strangers (are they Dave and Tony
?) whom we saw recently in a clip with Rick and Hershel
. And it sounds like they'll stay mysterious for a while -- or at least through Sunday's episode: "The other terrific scene in Sunday's episode features two new characters
with a mysterious agenda. It worked really well in part thanks to a
great performance from guest star Michael Raymond James
, but it was also
pleasing thanks to the tantalizing mysteries that were embedded in the
scene. Who were the strangers? What did they want? What were there
intentions? What were they lying about, if anything?"Carol in Crisis
"The fact that Carol's quest failed, and Sophia wasn't saved, really
affects her relationship with the others and forces Carol to stand on
One of the
traps with that character would be to make her the grieving mom, and
just hit that one note," Mazzara said
of Melissa McBride's character, who -- when we left her -- had just discovered her daughter was a zombie and watched Rick shoot her in the head, all within seconds.And Later This Season:
- Glen Mazzara tells NYMag that Lori is going to make a controversial choice: "In the second episode, you'll see Lori [the lead character's pregnant
wife] make a choice which is very, very different for her and very
unique, and I bet you people will have strong reactions on the Internet:
Would she do this, wouldn't she do this? I hate her! or I can't believe what she's doing! And I'm just trying to explore new characters."
- Mazzara also says the show will widen in scope, and in the threats to the survivors: "I feel that the show has been a little insular, a little incestuous,
that it's been a very small cast of characters on just a farm that
appears to be very safe. I want to widen it. All of a sudden the outside
world starts encroaching on our farm. And now there's the suspense of,
who's out there? Are they coming? And all the interpersonal dynamics of
the group are at loggerheads over this new threat."
And Finally, If You Want Graphic, Completely Unsubstantiated and HUGE Spoilers:
- Melissa McBride tells Zap2It that "some people are gonna die" later this season, and that "You may see Carol pick up a weapon in the second half of season 2." And Carol won't be the only one emotionally affected by Sophia's death: "A lot of it is going to continue to develop with Daryl and how he deals
with the loss of Sophia and what it's meant to him. He's going to
detach a little bit and she's going to want to bring him back in to the
fold of the group."
A person claiming to be a member of the Walking Dead
production team has come forward with some major and insane spoilers
, including a description of the mid-season premiere plotline, plus shocking details about a major character's fate toward the end of the season. They're very interesting, but just rumors for now -- so read at your own risk!"Nebraska" airs Sunday, February 12 at 9pm on AMC.(Image courtesy of AMC)