Spoilers ahead for anyone who hasn't seen last night's premiere of The Walking Dead. Particularly important reading if you want to know what the ending means for the rest of the season.
The Hollywood Reporter: Aside from the department store roof caving in, the episode had a slower pace. How will future episodes compare going forward?
Scott Gimple: We mix it up quite a bit. We were starting the story, and the velocity ups quite a bit, and then it goes in a different direction, then it ups quite a bit. There are episodes that are much more frantic, and there are even episodes that are quieter. With this episode, one of the big challenges with this season was adding a story for every character. And the challenge was to start those stories all in a single episode.
There's now a council that makes decisions for the group -- but Rick (Andrew Lincoln) is not a part of it. What needs to change in order for him to get involved again?
That's really it: What does need to change for him to get more involved, and are those things about to happen? In the forest, Clara said something to him that might be akin to a curse, which is that you don't get to come back from the things you've done. That's what Rick has done up until this point, when we started with him in the morning. By the night of that day, he's heard that news and things are starting to happen, and the fuse may be lit.Some of the zombies now appear to have been bleeding from their eyes, which we see when Patrick dies. Is it safe to say this flu is impacting other survivors beyond the prison and they're turning as well?
It is safe to say Patrick died of what ever that was. The walker that was at the fence that we saw was rather fresh; he's not very rotted. I would intuit that because it's a fresh zombie, that the person who died recently was by the same method Patrick died.
This is one of the new threats you've been talking about since Comic-Con. How will we see the group navigate this new threat in their pseudo-safe prison?
That's the trick. In refugee situations, when people are in close contact like that, bad things health-wise have usually happened. In a third-world situation like this, the effects can be even worse. If that zombie died of the same thing that Patrick did, and Patrick said he was feeling ill, that would mean you'd want to stay away from those zombies as well. So standing up against the fence and smashing and stabbing them in the face, there's a great deal of blood flying everywhere. It's very bad news and presents potentially a very difficult situation beyond the simple difficulty of being around other people, which you have to be.
So it's a virus that travels via blood?
I'm not saying that, but if someone is sick with any sort of communicable disease, any bodily fluid is bad news. But there were also a couple of dead pigs in this episode, which also might have something to do with it.Robert Kirkman comes right out and tells you what it is in this interview:
What are some of the new threats we'll be seeing this season?
Kirkman: Mother Nature is rearing it's ugly head at a time when we're completely incapable of combating it. This new threat is this Spanish flu-type sickness that is ravaging these people. That's really wrecking things for them. Aside from having The Governor (David Morrissey) looming on the horizon or any other kind of human threat that is out there, or zombies — which is something they're always fighting — they've also got to deal with this thing, which is possibly more deadly than anything they've faced yet.
Gimple: As far within the prison, there's a threat that doesn't come from the outside world, it comes from within the prison. We have a whole panel of threats this season. A virtual smorgasbord of threats.
They're also dealing with having a bigger group. What are the challenges of that?
Kirkman: It's kind of a Catch-22 in that having more people around you makes you safer, but maintaining that new pocket of civilization is difficult. You're always going to be running low on resources. Also, each person brings with them their own unique challenge. So it is possible that they let somebody into this prison or somebody snuck into this prison that shouldn't be there, so there's another threat on the horizon.
It seems like it won't be long before the prison is not a viable place for them anymore. Will we see them leave and venture to other locations from the comic book?Source 1, 2
Kirkman: It's always a possibility. I think we'll see other places, but it doesn't necessarily mean that we won't be going back to the prison. There will definitely be new locations that will be introduced and new environments that are explored. Whether or not they will leave the prison remains to be seen.
everyone is doomed imo.