Season three of AMC’s hit zombie drama, The Walking Dead, is getting hectic. So far, this year has been all about building towards the inevitable collision between the group of survivors, led by Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), and the enclave of Woodbury, led by the Governor (David Morrissey). With the mid-season finale upon us, this week’s episode, “Made to Suffer,” promises fireworks.
Some damn huge spoilers lurk below, for those of you who aren’t current on season three, as well as those of you who’ve seen every moment.
Talking with The Hollywood Reporter, showrunner Glen Mazzara answered questions about what’s in store for us this Sunday. Will Rick and the Governor finally come face to face? Will Daryl and his racist, murdering sibling, Merle (Michael Rooker), meet again? Andrea’s been getting pretty cozy with the Governor, so which side will she choose? And this is The Walking Dead we’re talking about here, so the most important question is, who the hell is going to die?
Without revealing a whole lot of specifics, Mazzara drops some sizeable bombs. Stop reading now unless you want “Made to Suffer” ruined in some pretty significant ways.
Rick and the Governor will not meet yet, though Michonne and Andrea do reunite, and Michonne will get some face time with the despot of Woodbury. Mazzara also hints that Andrea will finally see the Governor’s true colors. It’s about damn time.
The last episode ended with Rick, Michonne (Danai Gurira), and Daryl (Norman Reedus) at the walls of Woodbury. Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) are trapped inside. When asked if they would attack, Mazarra replied, “Definitely! It’s on! They’re knocking down those gates!” He went on to add, “It’s the midseason finale, there have to be some deaths!” That bodes well for those of us who want an exciting episode after last week’s felt like it was mostly just killing time.
As good as this season has been, The Walking Dead has definite flaws, but there are also things it does very well. Endings are one element the show has on lockdown. Even with the less-than-stellar episodes, they usually leave you on a cliffhanger, wanting more. According to Mazzara, you can expect more of the same from mid-season finale. Teasing the conclusion, he says, “You won’t believe you have to wait two months to find out what happens next.”