The season-four premiere of The Walking Dead catapults us about six months into the future, and a lot has changed since we last saw our brave band of survivors.
The season-four premiere of The Walking Dead catapults us about six months into the future, and a lot has changed since we last saw our brave band of survivors. We witness plenty of new changes that have been made between the end of season three and this week's premiere, and it'll definitely be interesting to see how they develop over the course of coming episodes. We're going over the major differences below, and what it could mean for Rick and the others.
1. Rick is no longer the group leader.
At the end of last season, Rick realizes that the way he's been leading the group is inefficient and destructive. In his stead, a new sort of council has formed, consisting of Hershel, Glenn, Carol, Sasha, and Daryl. The new, thriving prison community is a great indicator of this new minigovernment's success. The group is growing crops, hunting, facilitating story time, and protecting against a walker invasion. It's almost enough safety to allow for cautious optimism.
2. Carl has (kind of) recovered.
One of the major themes in this week's episode is redemption. Specifically, can you come back from the horrible things you've done to survive? Rick and Carl both seem to have mended their reckless ways; Rick spends his days gardening, and Carl has taken up an interest in comic book reading. When Rick tries to help the deranged, desperate woman in the woods (who ends up attacking him and trying to feed him to her walker husband), she tells him she doesn't think she can ever come back from the horrible things she's done. Does this mean there's no hope for Rick? Or Carl?