First, to recap which ones of my season three predictions came true.
• A lot more Daryl screen time. ~ A blind deaf monkey with a typewriter could have predicted this. Daryl is a huge money maker for AMC. They may have been ignoring the fans on some issues, but they won't kill Daryl off… yet. To do so now would be television suicide.
• Rick continues to get darker. He's losing his mind and is getting more twisted. He is becoming more and more like comic Rick every time we see him. This transformation is exactly what I've been waiting on. Over the break, I've read the Second Compendium finally. I need that Rick on this show. Andrew Lincoln is pure amazing, I know he can pull it off.
• The prison is every bit of what it is in the comics.
While I am disappointed that the prisoners were not utilized like they were in the comics, I can't say I have any complaints this far with the prison itself. I want to see the riot gear, another round of surprise walkers and I WANT TO SEE RICK CARRY THAT PHONE AROUND TO TALK TO DEAD LORI! Side note: I love Axel and his "You followin me?" And I especially love the way he thought Carol was a lesbian, but quickly changes his tune when he finds out it wasn't so.
• Daryl finds Merle.
I was nearly one hundred percent spot on with my prediction this time. Merle was in Woodbury and he was the Governor's right hand man. I was not prepared for the cliffhanger. Michael Rooker and Norman Reedus do not disappoint as the brothers. We Dixon's Vixens are beyond excited to see our favorite rednecks interacting finally.
• Lori goes into labor.
This is really a half win. I didn't get to see her in the orange jumpsuit and she went into labor earlier than I expected. One thing I am pissed about is how she died. AMC missed out on a great way to promote breast feeding by killing Lori. Also, I really wanted to see Lori and Judith gunned down while escaping the prison. That was such a big plot point and something that has a huge effect on Rick and Carl.
• Carol and Daryl start a relationship.
Sure, it's a friendship, but that is exactly what I said I wanted. I'll cover this more in my next set of predictions.
• They see the helicopter that Rick saw in Atlanta, and it crashes near the prison.
I'm calling this a half win too. It did crash near the prison, and it (arguably) was the helicopter that Rick saw in Atlanta, but it didn't play out like it did in the comics. That kind of pissed me off. I do like that they basically used it to reintroduce Merle. I literally jumped when he showed up. You all know how much I love Merle, so of course, his comeback was practically the highlight of the half season for me.
• They have plans to add Tyrese.
Tyrese is on the show! Not going to lie, I squealed like a fangirl when I saw him with his hammer. I'm not happy he has a sister instead of a daughter, but I beyond excited about the direction he'll push things.
Before I go on to make my predictions, I want to touch on those we lost this season. I'm not going to cover the Woodbury residents, the crew in the helicopter or the prisoners. I'm only sticking to the deaths that, in my personal opinion, are the most important.
You can hate Lori all you want. I LOVE comic Lori, and while I don't understand how she could not watch Carl, I'm still going to miss Lori. I also believe keeping her death canon to the comic, rather than the way they did it, would have had a bigger impact on the show and Rick I've had people tell me that I'm deranged for wanting to see a mother gunned down while carrying her infant. But my argument is, it happened in the comics, it should happen on the show. Needless to say, I will miss this neglectful mom.
T DOG! I actually cried at his death. I've heard Carol was supposed to die instead of him, and while I ADORE Melissa McBride, I wish Carol would have been the one to get bitten. We should have predicted T Dog's death when we saw black men in the prison group. TWD seems to have this strange rule of only one black man in the group at one time. IronE Singleton is a beautiful person and such an inspiration. I am absolutely impressed and overjoyed that T Dog even praised God as he died. I miss T Dog so much already.
I know I said I wouldn't cover the prisoners' deaths, but considering that Oscar even went to Woodbury to get Glenn and Maggie back, I believe he deserves some love. I think it speaks highly of his character to choose to join the group and fight for them. I kind of wished he would have been able to stick around longer only so we could have gotten to know him better. But, with Tyrese on the show now, they apparently had to follow their only-one-black-guy rule, so Oscar had to go. Let's hope that they don't have an only-one-black-chick rule or else Sasha is going to die, because Michonne isn't going anywhere.
Sure, she's a Woodbury resident, but her death was really important. For obvious reasons, they couldn't show the Governor yanking out her teeth and kissing her, so I hope they touch on that issue eventually in a Governor aside or maybe in the journal he was keeping. And the way Michonne killed Penny was cold blooded. Not to the child walker, but to "Phillip" Blake. I loved it.
WARNING CONTAINS SOME COMIC SPOILERS
• We find out Andrea and Dale were lovers. Don't give me shit about still sticking with this prediction. I loved Andrea and Dale in the comics and the effect his death had on her. Plus the way she wore his hat after be died was totally beautiful.
• Caryl. Yes, I used the ship name. I don't want to see steamy, overly romantic sex like the deflowering of Annette Hargrove in Cruel Intentions. I want a sweet, tender, incredibly awkward kiss. I'm not asking for much, just a kiss, or maybe a little make out session with a lot of fumbling.
• A lot more Daryl and Merle screen time. We know the brothers fight while Merle is "proving his loyalty." They, obviously, escape together, probably by killing one of the Governor's men. Thanks to AMC's overly informative previews, we know Glenn is highly upset about about someone being brought to the prison. I'm willing to bet everything I have to my name, it's Merle. I'm excited to see the strain Merle puts on Daryl's relationships in the group.
• Rick continues to get darker. I shouldn't have to explain this one. I makes total sense that he would just get more twisted. I want him to be barely clinging to sanity.
• Tyrese and Rick become close friends, but also have an intense conflict between them. If you read the comics, you know exactly what I mean. I want to see them fight and bond.
• The Governor takes an army of Woodbury citizens to try to take over the prison. And yes, I want him riding in on the tank. That's just too cool of an image to pass up.
• Before the end of the season, Glenn and Maggie get married. I want Hershel to marry them in the cafeteria just like in the comic.
• Carol kills herself or has an accidental death. Either way, I want her dead. Solely for the facts that it is said that she was supposed die instead of T Dog.
• They have said a major character dies. As I have said, I hope it's Carol. (Sorry, Carol, but I want to see suicide by walker.) IF it is not Carol, I think it will be Merle (even though that crushes my heart), the Governor (after the big raid on the prison even though I don't see his death happening this soon), Beth (although, I would be pissed. Even though her an Carl aren't that close in age, she is the only one near his age there and I think they need that), Hershel (after he married Glenn and Maggie) or Axel (because he dies in the comics). There is a small chance it could be Glenn, but I don't see that happening until season four or five. Regardless, a major character is going to die (other than Rick, Daryl, or Michonne. Killing any of those three would be the dumbest move in television history. It could be argued that they are the only ones with job security.) Whoever dies, in going to cry and it will be in a graphic way.
• Rick will give a moving speech at the prison that ends with him screaming "We are the walking dead!" I want to see this so bad. It would be such a powerful moment for the show and the fans.
Can I just say, they missed out on the perfect casting opportunity when Machete was not cast as the Governor? Danny Trejo is amazing. I do love the Governor on the show, but I wish he looked more like the "Phillip" Blake that we know.
One thing that everyone has talked about almost as much as the return if the show is Glen Mazzara's departure from the show. Rumor has it that he was let go due to him "taking the show too far away from Kirkman's vision." I actually hope this is true. I can understand that reasoning, but if he was let go because AMC is being cheap, I would be disappointed. I just hope that this isn't a trend that sticks with the show. First Frank Darabont and then Mazzara. But, I am glad Gale Anne Hurd is in the lead. She's a genius. I'm sure I'm not the only fan who will miss Mazzara though.
It isn't long now. Our favorite survivors will soon be back on our small screen. I know I'm not the only one who will be glued to the TV and tweeting my amazement at where this roller coaster of a show carries us.
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