Posted: 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013
By Gina Carbone
Here’s the synopsis for the Sunday, November 17 Episode 6, "Live Bait": “Group members struggle to find their humanity while being constantly threatened.”
That could mean anything. There’s no mention of the prison, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), or any of the people we know. It could even be about a sitcom on a different network, it’s so vague. That’s kinda why we thought it might be one of The Gov’s reported standalone eps.
Many moons ago, TVLinesaid The Gov would have "a major presence" in at least two Season 4 episodes, unofficially billed as “standalone Governor” eps, which were rumored to fall in the first half of the season. The first half only has eight episodes, so if that’s still true it has to include Ep 6, 7 or the mid-season finale, Episode 8. TV Guide also added, “The Governor's whereabouts will be revealed in two flashback episodes later this season.”
Here’s another reason we’re thinking Episode 6 might be one of The Gov’s episodes. In June, SpoilerTV said Episode 6 would be called "Rise" and that could be a possible reference to one of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead novels, Rise of The Governor.
At the same time, SpoilerTV issued a casting notice for three Episode 6 characters —- two women and an older man. It’s possible that’s the Chalmers family — Tara, April, and David — who are featured in Rise of the Governor. Earlier this season, Alanna Masterson was cast in a mystery role, with speculation that she’d be playing Tara Chalmers.
We speculated that the “standalones” might be eps 6 and 7, telling The Governor’s backstory in flashbacks, building up to the big mid-season finale, Episode 8, with The Governor’s big attack on the prison. But who knows.
At this point, all we can do is guess, since we’ve now gone past the point where even the Comic-Con trailer is any help. All of that footage has aired, and we’ve yet to see a new “This season on The Walking Dead…” preview. This Sunday, November 10’s Episode 5 is heavy with the prison sickness, and we don’t know yet how much of a presence The Gov may have even in that episode. We’ll have to update after Sunday’s show and see what the promos and sneak peeks tell us. It’s possible we’re in for a huge surprise.
What do you think is coming in “Live Bait”? Any theories about the title? Are the prisoners the live bait? Is there a spy on the inside? Is that a reference to those rats used to bait the walkers at the fence, to weaken the prison defenses?
Share your own theories below!
The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.