We’ve got one more episode of The Walking Dead left in 2014 before the hit zombie series takes and extended holiday break (those lucky bastards). As usual in this situation, the show is building up towards something big, which is probably going to look very much like a violent clash between two groups of human survivors. That’s all I’ll say on that matter in case you’re not caught up, but you probably guessed that already. Looking forward to the final episode before the mid-season hiatus, AMC has released a new clip from the upcoming “Coda,” as well as some looks back at the penultimate episode, “Crossed.”
There are going to be some spoilers beyond this point, especially when we get to the behind-the-scenes videos. You’ve been warned.
While the core group and the survivors at Grady Memorial Hospital gear up for the coming confrontation, Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) is still out there wandering around on his own for the time being, limping and probably working on a bout of tetanus after stepping on that nail. This clip shows him very much out of the element (he’s been safely sequestered alone in his church since the shit went down), but then he finds what may be a sign, a copy of the Bible. But he shortly finds something else that some might also take as a sign, what I’m pretty sure is Bob Stookey’s severed leg, still on the grill. Yeah, that has to be a kick in the nuts for a guy already on the edge.
“Crossed” is all about people coming to terms with loss, doing horrible things, and figuring out how to deal with those new hardships. DC is off the table, Rick wants retribution against the hospital folk, Daryl and Tyreese just want Beth and Carol back, and there’s a ton more than that going on. It’s a busy episode, and this video lets some of the cast and crew share their feelings and interpretations on the action that unfolds.
Season 5 of The Walking Dead has largely pushed the zombie menace towards the rear. They’re still there, and still a threat, but the human component is more important, which is definitely a step in the right direction. Still, every episode manages to have some undead action, and having less has allowed the special effects folks the room to make the scenes as memorable as possible. “Crossed” is no exception. This feature digs into how the went about creating a scene full of napalmed half-corpses that one player calls a “bubbling zombie fondue,” and that Norman Reedus compares to a Hieronymus Bosch painting come to life. It’s grizzly.
The video below is the final scene of the episode. Don’t watch if you haven’t seen it yet. Up until this point you think, holy crap, maybe, just maybe they’ll get out of this with no bloodshed. This is The Walking Dead we’re talking about, so you know that’s not going to happen, but still, it’s a nice try. This moment, however, leaves no question about what’s going to come next. It’s hard not to be disappointed and even a little angry at how it ends, you’ll have to watch it for yourself, but you just want to slap yourself on the forehead because the character in question makes the absolute dumbest decision possible in this situation. It’s frustrating.