Spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 4 follow.
Sunday night’s episode of The Walking Dead, the fourth of Season 7, was a slow build towards what appears to be an explosive midseason finale.
While the first four episodes following the brutal premiere have been scattered by group, encompassing only the span of a week’s time, the stakes have officially been raised with only three episodes left before the break. Maggie is emerging as a leader at the Hilltop. Sasha appears to have nothing to lose. Rick is on the road outside of Alexandria for the first time since Negan’s introduction.
Most importantly, Jesus and Carl are in the back of a truck headed straight to Negan’s Sanctuary. According to The Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple, they have very different missions.
“There are different missions,” Gimple said. “One of them is an assassination mission and one is more recon, but now they’ve been thrown together with different missions, and how that plays out with each other we’ll see.”
Comic book fans have a taste for what to expect after seeing Carl making his way to the Sanctuary. Titles and synopses from the upcoming episodes seem to confirm those fans’ expectations. As for Jesus’ place in the truck — that’s a wild card by comparison to the comics. How his role will play out is to be seen.