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1). More Frustration and Heartbreak– Sorry. Not really something you’d look forward to, but Chad Coleman (Tyreese) said the group would go through “even more hell” in the second half. Showrunner Scott Gimple told The Daily Beast, “Things will get darker and then they’re going to get weirder.” Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) will be particularly struck by Beth Greene (Emily Kinney) death depression, and it remains to be seen if Maggie will do what she did in the comics when she lost her family. There’s a lot of crying in the sneak peek and trailer, not only from Maggie but also from Noah, and his grief may be even more fresh. We as viewers may have some new grieving to do as well.
2). Best Episode Ever– On a much happier note than darkness and depression, Greg Nicotero and Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) both talked up Episode 9 as one of the greatest episodes they’ve ever done. That’s quite an endorsement!
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3). Episode Andy Always Wanted To Do. After praising Episode 9, Andrew Lincoln told Entertainment Weekly that Episode 10 was “the episode I always wanted to make.” Why, though? Because they hear about the Alexandria Safe-Zone? Because they see Washington, D.C.? Because he finally gets to shave? None of the above? It would be great to hear him expand on that, after Ep10 airs.
4). Richmond– Possibly even as a remix of the Wiltshire Estates story in the comic books. Based on filming spoilers from over the summer, it looks like a place called “Shirewilt Estates” may give us a version of Wiltshire, a story skipped over in the comics. One running theory is that Shirewilt will be set in Richmond and show what happened to Noah’s (Tyler James Williams) home city. Don’t forget — he told Beth he was from Richmond, which had walls, and he was only in Atlanta to find his uncle.
5). Alexandria Safe-Zone– One huge thing to look forward to is the group finally arriving at the Alexandria Safe-Zone in Alexandria, Virginia, a major location in the comics that is still in play years later in the storyline. We may meet Aaron, a Safe-Zone recruiter, as soon as Episode 10 and arrive at the ASZ either that week or in Episode 11. (Robert Kirkman said a gay character from the comic was coming in Season 5, and that is probably Aaron.) You can’t imagine our group would trust a newbie right away, but Michonne (Danai Gurira) makes a speech in the trailer that sounds a bit like the speech she makes in the comics arguing to give Aaron and the Safe-Zone a chance. Besides, where else do they have to go?
6). Clean-Shaven Rick–
You’ve probably seen photos of Andrew Lincoln without Rick’s mangy beard, and he should shave it off around Episode 11. He’s shown clean-shaven in a scene from Episode 12, so whenever he cuts the hair, it’s before that point. In the comic, Rick shaved when he first got to Alexandria, and someone cut his hair for him, kind of as a symbolic moment to leave brutality behind and attempt to live like a “normal” civilized person again.
7). Tons of New People– Heaps of new people will be coming in the second half, when we get to the Safe-Zone. Our group will make new friends and some new enemies. At one point, Andrew Lincoln said The Powers That Be were writing for 24 principal characters. Some big names may not arrive until Season 6 (not expecting to see Jesus this season, and Negan may not be around until Season 7) but in addition to Aaron we should meet a lot of these comic book characters, including — most likely — Pete, Jessie and Ron Anderson. Alexandra Breckenridge is playing a mystery character, and many fans think she could be the TV version of Jessie, who eventually becomes a love interest for Rick. On that note…
8). Bruised Rick– Around the time they were filming the season finale in November, Andrew Lincoln was seen with bruises on his face. Comic fans speculated that it could be from Rick’s fight with Pete Anderson, a d-bag from the comic. Could the season end shortly after their big confrontation?
9). Good Stuff For Glenn?–
There’s a question mark to this because it’s really more about Steven Yeun than the character of Glenn, but it’s from another Andy tease to Entertainment Weekly. (He gives good tease.) As he put it, during a longer quote about character development and action, “It feels, certainly for me looking at the performances around me, it no longer feels like an ensemble — it’s a cast of leading actors. You watch out for Steven Yeun in this back eight. You watch out for this young man. I think he’s a rare talent, amongst other people.” So all eyes on Steven/Glenn, people!
10). Morgan Returns– Part of the reason we’re wondering if a time jump is coming is that AMC made it clear that Morgan Jones (Lennie James) is “months” behind Rick’s group in the timeline, and he needs time to catch up. We’re trusting that The Powers That Be aren’t going to drag this chase out for another season. Morgan now has a map to follow, even if it requires him to leave Georgia and head for Virginia/D.C. What else does he have to do?
And let’s not forget that the spinoff/companion series is also meant to debut at some point in 2015. So it’s possible — if the zombie gods smile upon us — that we could actually see ZA content throughout the year without that gawdawful late spring/summer/early fall break. Cross your fingers