While the latest episode of The Walking Dead was a solid entry into the young season four, it feels like the writers are laying the groundwork for what is to come later on. So far, the past three seasons of the zombie series start off with high action, and an equally high body count, but limp towards the finish line. Because they’re fond of hype, AMC has released three new promos for next week’s episode, “Isolated,” and it appears that The Walking Dead is trying to up its “Oh Shit” factor.
The first video played at the end of last night’s episode, “Infected.” While it gives bits and pieces of many scenes from next Sunday’s offering, there are still questions left unanswered. Now that Rick’s group discovered a mysterious illness going through the prison, the next episode will most likely feature the infected quarantined in another part of the prison. Now that people can die from a contagious disease, look for the robust group to get thinned out in the next few episodes. I wouldn’t be surprised if season four ends with only a handful of people left in the group.
“Isolated” features Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) coughing as if she has caught the sickness. She looks for the group’s doctor in the isolated ward of the prison, which is full of many, many ailing residents. Unless the writers are faking you out, it feels like Sasha is going to die at the end of this episode.
The last, and my favorite of the three, features Michonne, Daryl, Bob, and Tyreese driving to some unknown location. Daryl finds a mysterious broadcast on the car’s radio, but swerves out of the way from a few wandering walkers. This was the last scene in the extended promo AMC premiered at San Diego Comic-Con last July. The mysterious broadcast is a small glimmer of hope, but then the group finds themselves in the middle of a giant swarm of zombies.
AMC also released two in-depth behind-the-scenes looks at last night’s episode. The first video takes a look at how the production team put together the zombie raid at the beginning of “Infected,” while it also features the new gate in front of the prison. It’s interesting that executive producer and visual effects wizard Greg Nicotero wanted a moat in front of the prison instead of a gate, but at the last minute the production team realized that a moat wouldn’t be feasible because of quicksand. Zombies in quicksand? Now that would be something to see.
The last video features a look at the new threat facing the group, the mysterious deadly disease. If there’s one main criticism I have with last night’s episode was that everyone who died was a new character introduced to the show. I didn’t know who any of the people are, so I couldn’t get emotionally connected to their horrific deaths. The new infection should play nicely though with the world set up in the series. It really seems that the threat level is much higher with zombies, deadly infection, and a mysterious figure lurking inside of the prison walls.
The Walking Dead will return this Sunday on October 27th with the episode “Isolated” on AMC.