We’re closing in on a month to go until The Walking Dead returns on Sunday, October 13, and the hype machine over at AMC is kicking their efforts into high gear. We’re at the point in the game where almost every day we get a clip or picture or deleted scene. Or in the case of right now, why not deliver a whole bunch at once. That’s right, we’ve got one deleted scene from season three, and two of the latest brand new clips teasing season four.
The deleted scene comes from the season three episode “Say the Word,” and it toes the line with the pseudo romance between Carl (Chandler Riggs) and Beth (Emily Kinney). It makes awkward sense that Carl would develop a connection to her. After all, they’re the youngest, the closest in age, and Carl is moving into adolescence, becoming a man and all that noise. Every pubescent boy needs a hot, wholesome, girl-next-door type to lust after, and they have the added bond of both having both lost their mothers. Sure, Beth didn’t have to shoot hers in the head in order to stop her from turning into an undead cannibal, but the two still share a similar tragedy.
Carl barely has time for this shit. He’s used up all his sad and says super grim things like that he wishes he could still believe in heaven. He and Beth talk about some heavy philosophical and theological concepts for a kid that age to wrap his head around. Although with as much death as they’ve seen, these ideas hit pretty close to home and feel much more immediate and less abstract. It’s also sad that Carl has been more of a father to that baby thus far than Rick (Andrew Lincoln) ever has.
Both of these clips for season four fall in line with the already established trend of releasing brief snippets of video, with no context, that hint at something bad happening. The first is comprised of quick shots of all of the regular players with stern looks on their faces, while the voice of a mystery woman begging, pleading for help. That certainly is ominous. You can’t help but wonder if this has something to do with the as yet unnamed new threat that the producers have hinted at so many times. They’ve come out and said that this is a person, but that it’s not like a person you’ve ever seen before. Perhaps I’m barking up the wrong tree, but that’s the first thought that springs into your mind as you watch this.
Clip number two takes a less cerebral approach to the horrors that the scrappy gang of survivors will face over the next 16 episodes. For all of the other problems, you can’t ever forget about the zombies, as Daryl (Norman Reedus), Michonne (Danai Gurira), and newcomer Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) come to realize when their car gets stuck in the mud and surrounded by walkers. You’ve seen very similar set ups in the show before, but you can’t go entirely wrong watching Michonne hack her way through a swarm of the undead with a katana.