Season 4.2 is here, but where will it take our favorite zombie survivors? Guest contributor and Zombie Cast friend Yomar “Yogizilla” Lopez weighs in with his predictions…
I recently had the opportunity to catch up on The Walking Dead and, in the process, the rest of the horror fan community. In these marathon viewing sessions, I enjoyed a good twenty episodes or so in a row. There were many tear-jerking moments and your usual shockers. I enjoyed the show, but I also remembered why I don’t really watch TV; The Walking Dead, like most television shows, has plot developments that make it hard to suspend my belief … and some decisions just plainly defy common sense.
Watching so many episodes consecutively, I couldn’t help catch some glaring plot issues. And then, I also feel the writer foreshadowed quite a bit, so my curiosity is piqued. I am excited to see what the second half of Season 4 will bring, so without further ado, here are my predictions for the season ahead, plus a little bit of a recap of The Walking Dead Season 1 through 4.0…
Season 4.0 Sets The Stage
Some jaded fans feel that they have done everything they can with the show, but I see a lot of potential to revitalize the series. The question is: “What is left?” We have already seen betrayal, unexpected heroics (Glenn’s zombie chair kill comes to mind), supposedly impenetrable fortresses, uneasy peace, a tank dunk-kill, and so much more. The bar has been set high.
As far as conflicts, it’s tough to see what they can do with the storyline. The main characters have faced rogue members, blubbering crybabies, dumb drunkies, a plague outbreak, zombie herds, and full-on invasions. All this in the midst of tending to injuries, protecting children, and maintaining some semblance of democracy (or at least fairness). Really, what is left? Where do we go from here?
After seeing two great colonies fall (Woodbury and the Prison), there is a good chance Rick’s group will stick to staying on the move, at least for the foreseeable future. I feel there is still strength in numbers, but they need to be wary of weak links on the field. Without the more sound-minded members like Dale and Hershel, we are likely going to see more split-second decisions in do-or-die scenarios.
I see Season 4 ending in some big discoveries and likely more deaths, setting the stage for a new group and perhaps a new leader …unless Rick mans up. Now for some real predictions!
Prediction: Commando Carol
We’ve seen Carol progress from a battered, empty shell of a woman to a leader in her own rights. Personally, I did not care for her much in Season 1 because she always had that constipation face thing going on. Now, she is one of my favorite characters, even though she has done some questionable things [ed. note: or so we assume!].
With Sophia dead, Carol has been able to focus more on being stronger and more effective at combat. She can very well become a commando, much like Daryl. If she’s out on her own long enough, she will definitely become a kick-ass character. This prediction would align well with the military survivors aspect.
The question is: will Carol stay on her own or will she end up joining another camp or colony? I reckon the latter makes most sense. If said settlement’s leader dies, she may very well be voted in as a ranking officer or full-fledged leader. This is not very likely in a military environment, but I reckon she will be valued for having boobs, a face that’s easy on the eyes, and high levels of badassery.
Regardless, Carol’s time alone will toughen her up and it is not likely she will die any time soon. Heck, at this rate, she might out-survive Rick, Carl, and even Daryl (and that’s saying something!); I bet she will end up saving Rick’s group from otherwise insurmountable odds.
Prediction: Military Survivors
We’ve seen so many paramilitary types in post-apocalypse, but every real soldier we have encountered through Season 4 has either been dead or dies a stupid death. I get the whole “over-run forts” and “not abandoning your post” business, but this is still a hard pill to swallow. Not all soldiers follow orders and some are there mainly to collect steady paychecks. If the proverbial “poop” hit the fan, you better believe there would be dissidents breaking off into smaller armies and GTFO-ing.
Now, the National Guard group was one such smaller army but we know what happened there. Somewhere out there, military survivors have set up camps and fortified buildings. The question is: will they be friends or foes? I am sure some of these military survivors will find the bullet-ridden corpses of their compatriots, so it is highly likely any remaining soldiers in the area will either shoot first and ask questions later, or they will disarm anyone they encounter just to play it safe.
If Rick’s group runs into friendly military survivors, a new chain of command will be introduced and perhaps everyone will find some respite once again. How long the peace will last is hard to say, but surely there must be more armored vehicles and heavy firepower floating around. Even huge zombie herds will find this a force to be reckoned with, leaving human nature, disease, and rogue factions to be the biggest threats once again.
Prediction: The Raiders
It’s hard to see a single adversary that will top Shane or the Governor so likely we will see a group of psychopaths or rednecks creating further conflict. The latter seems the most plausible to me. Here in Georgia, it is so easy to buy firearms, so I doubt all the rednecks died off. Everyone is armed to the teeth down South, so Daryl will see some competition very soon in the badassery department.
Ideally—and I say ideally because I am kind of hoping for this—The Walking Dead storyline will align a bit with what we’ve seen in the We’re Alive podcast. In this world, however, the baddies will be rednecks that finally cracked after a few years of surviving and seeing horrible stuff. Chances are most of these guys had a huge affinity for violence to boot and now they get to go hunting for zombies.. and any humans with things worth taking.
I envision these adversaries as “The Raiders”. They are a nomadic group that never stays in one area too long. They will go around raiding camps and taking what they want. Now that’s a scary thing to come up against!
This here might be my best prediction because it is more grounded in the events of The Walking Dead to date. In the first half of Season 4, the Governor and Mitch return to a camp they came across earlier, only to find that it’s inhabitants and all their goods were gone. This leads me to believe that there is a rogue group of deviants floating about. On the flip side, it could very well be that the Governor did the dirty deed himself but this was left open enough that the writers could do something worthwhile with this little tidbit…I sure hope they do!
Prediction: Judith Survives
Poor baby Judith. This was the biggest shocker yet. I know many of us wondered how anyone could survive while protecting a poor, defenseless babies. Rick and Carl find Judith’s baby carriage empty, with nothing left behind but huge amounts of blood. W.. T… F??!
I don’t think the writers will leave things at that. As the first half of Season 4 came to an end, everything was in disarray. I am pretty sure someone grabbed Judith during all the commotion and escaped with her. The kids left her alone, but not long enough for any walkers to get to her. Chances are someone on the bus or in one of the earlier escaped groups grabbed her before fleeing from the huge mess of a confrontation that ensued.
Judith will be a very huge aspect in the story. If she is indeed alive, any hints of her survival will have Rick suffer from more tunnel vision. We’ve already see how he spazzes out when Carl is missing, so imagine if he has any hope at all that his baby may be alive. And really, who can blame him? This may be the only baby left in this apocalyptic world and his kids are all that remain.
It’d be one hell of a twist if Carol somehow entered the prison and ninja-grabbed her. It’s not very likely, but if that were the case, I can see her getting really attached and having that drive her future actions.
Judith represents new beginnings and hope; she is a treasure everyone around her must protect at any cost.
Prediction: Rick Grows Some Balls
Okay, this is more of a desperate plea to Robert Kirkwood and gang: please stop making Rick such a wimp. I love the game, and would pick him as my leader over the Governor any day … but we can’t take any more of his derpy facial expressions, excessive hesitation, and silly decisions.
We need to see more of “Badass Rick”. I know he is teetering on the brink of insanity, but he has people that need him. Carl is still alive and that tough little turd isn’t going anywhere any time soon, unless maybe he tries to pull off more reckless heroics. But his camp, his group, his colony.. that’s his family.
Rick stands as one of the last symbols of law and order. He is a bastion of hope. If Rick loses it, the show essentially loses it’s essence. After all, whatever way you chop it up, Rick is the main character. Having a vulnerable Rick that cries all the time is only cool in small doses, but I think this side of him has been drawn out and his inner turmoil has been drilled into us.
Let’s move on already.. PLEASE!
We’re not done yet! Stay tuned for Part 2: The Walking Dead’s Biggest Derp Moments, coming soon!
Yomar (YogiZilla) is a social media specialist, game designer, writer, and fellow podcaster. Find him on Twitter (@Yogizilla), Facebook (Yogizilla), or listen to HorsePLAY! LIVE at http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/yogizilla-5/horseplay?refid=stpr, and every Thursday at 11pm at