“The Walking Dead” season 4 opener tonight has the prison looking more like a home that it has before and the Washington Post calls it the “long sad shuffle towards Nowheresville,” on Oct. 11. Sometimes the fans get so wrapped up in the zombie killing and the intrigue between the characters that you forget there’s no Mecca for these folks to plod their way to.
Just how much time has gone by when "The Walking Dead" returns Sunday night. Will they start the show from the day they left off, or will it be months or a year into the future? Depending upon the time-line fans could see the baby now a toddler and the prison looking like a real home. The timeline will have a lot to do with what direction you will see "The Walking Dead" headed in for season 4.
From what is known so far, the world is the same everywhere, dead people walking and looking for humans as a means to their next meal.
The real scum of society that’s been introduced as cast in “The Walking Dead,” namely the Governor and his henchmen, have found ways to make the walkers work for them. They’ve already incorporated the walking dead into their mainstream of life.
They’ve used the walkers as entertainment and they’ve packaged them up nicely for a weapon of war, like the truckload of walkers they let go on the prison. Rick’s group isn’t there yet and most likely they will never be. Walkers are not a commodity they're interested in.
They still believe there is somehow a way to go back to life as they once knew it by holding on to all the ethics and morals needed for a society that existed post-zombies. While their changes haven’t been as overt as the governor and his close band of merry man, the subtle changes are starting to add up.
Rick would have gone out of his way to help a human being in distress when “The Walking Dead” first graced the TV, but today Rick keeps his distance from anyone not within his circle. It’s a hard club to join, as Michonne is just about fully integrated with the crew, but look how long that took.
With the 50 new folks joining the prison crew, it will be interesting to see just how Rick handles so many unknown people. When the “Walking Dead” returns on Sunday night, no one is sure how much time has gone by. The last hiatus, with Andrea running the woods after meeting Michonne, had a time-lapse of the winter.
How long will this time-lapse be? Will “The Walking Dead” open to a prison more like a commune from the 60s with all the relationships formed already? Will the prison look like a home, will folks have settled and decorated the place?
The Comcast menu suggests when “The Walking Dead” returns Sunday night, the folks at the prison are living an “ideal” life, or as “close to an ideal life as deemed possible in a world where the dead get up and walk.