By Brian Ives
It’s been a loooong two months since we last saw a new episode of The Walking Dead. But let’s be honest: we needed that time to recover from the mid-season finale which saw the death of (do we need to say “Spoiler alert” here?) Beth (played by Emily Kinney).
This weekend, TWD returns, and AMC has just posted the first two minutes of the mid-season premiere (watch the video above). The first thing we see is a shovel, digging in the dirt, presumably digging her grave.
Soon we see Beth’s sister Maggie (Lauren Cohan) weeping, and we hear Father Gabriel Stokes (played by Seth Gilliam, and BTW, we don’t trust this guy, do we?) reading a eulogy. Noah (Tyler James Williams), Beth’s friend from the hospital, weeps.
“We know if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens,” says Father Gabriel, calmly, as we see photos of what seems to be a young Noah with another boy, possibly a friend or brother.
Then, after a view of one of the watchtowers from the prison (what are they doing back there?) we see Noah telling Rick (Andrew Lincoln) that “She was going to come with me.”
“How far?” Rick asks.
“Richmond. Virginia.” And there we have our arc for, at least, the next few episodes. Rick buys in and explains to Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Eugene (Josh McDermitt), “It was secure. It has a wall, homes, twenty people. Beth wanted to go with him, she wanted to get him there.”
“It’s a long trip,” he continues, “But if it works out, it’s the last long trip we have to make.”
“And what if it isn’t around anymore?” Glenn asks.
We all know the answer to that. “Then we keep goin’.” And we hear Michonne (Danai Gurira) say, “Then we find a new place” (strangely, we don’t see her).
And then: some skeletons in the dead leaves and dirty ground. A reminder that in the zombie apocalypse, not everyone makes it to the destination (if they even have one) on their long trips.
If you’re new to Radio.com, you might not know that we do Walking Dead music recaps every Sunday night after an episode that includes music. See our prior recaps, with the stories behind the uses of songs by Alison Mosshart of the Dead Weather, Kiev and Waxahatchee, here.