Last night’s episode of The Walking Dead really messed around with the character dynamics of the series. The episode played with our expectations about who we thought certain characters were. In my estimation, this can only be a good thing, considering that the writers changed things up on a character level instead of merely introducing more and more zombies. It’s going to be interesting to see how these events will play out going forward, but until then, AMC released a ton of new sneak peek videos for the next episode, “Indifference,” as well as looks at this past episode. The first video is a general “Next On” style promo.
The second sneak peek features Rick and Carol on a supply run in an abandoned house. We can only assume that Daryl, Michonne, Tyreese, and Bob have been gone for far too long, which leads Rick and Carol to go out on their own to help the infected people in the prison’s sick ward. The video ends with a door opening. Presumably, on the other side of the door is a human being because zombies can’t open doors.
In the third sneak peek, we find Daryl, Michonne, Tyreese, and Bob in the veterinarian school, searching find more medicine. Somehow they managed to escape the hordes of zombies between the road and the hospital. Of course, they are not alone as zombies will surely be in their way of their goal.
AMC also released three making-of videos that highlight how the crew created last Sunday’s episode, “Isolated.” The first featurette shows how the two big set pieces of last nights episode; Rick and Tyreese’s fight and the zombie super-horde. It’s pretty cool to see Andrew Lincoln and Chad Coleman, Rick and Tyreese respectively, choreograph and plan out each punch and kick during their on-screen fisticuffs. Also, watching the seamless teamwork between the crew and the actors is always a pleasure to watch.
As for the zombie super-horde, the scene was great with the group trying to fight their way out of the situation. Much like the comic book, the deeper the story gets, the better the characters are at fighting and killing zombies, which is why the four of them didn’t get bitten or scratched.
The second featurette surrounds the mysterious infection and killing of Karen and David at the beginning of the episode. Carol’s (Melissa McBride) character has gone through the biggest change from the first season to now. When we first met her, she was an abused and meek housewife and now she’s a badass morally gray killer. In four seasons, she lost her husband and her daughter because she wasn’t strong or smart enough to save them (well, namely her daughter Sophia. Her husband was a jerk). It seems like she’s not going to let her weakness get in the way of her survival.
While the zombie action is light in season four (so far), the writers are doing a much better job fleshing out the characters and making the audience care about them. Conversely, it’s only a matter of time before the writers start killing them off.