After the midseason finale of the fifth season of “The Walking Dead” airs tonight, fans will have a two month wait until the new episodes resume. There is much speculation about who in the group will die and what story line the final eight episodes of the season will entail, but there are plenty of clues. On November 28 Wetpaint Entertainment posted spoilers for the upcoming ninth episode of the fifth season, which is also the midseason premiere. The episode is expected to air on Sunday, February 9, 2015 on AMC.
The episode was written by current show runner Scott M. Gimple and directed by Greg Nicotero. Simple has penned some of the most dramatic and violent episodes of the series to date, including “The Grove” when Carol kills Lizzie and when Sophia comes out of the barn as a walker. Nicotero has also been quoted as saying that episode nine is “the best episode they’ve ever done” so far on the show. Simple has previously stated that each eight episodes of the show is like its own version of a new story, so the focus will shift away from the hospital and the rescue mission for Beth and Carol.
There has been much speculation that Beth Greene will die in the midseason finale, although some claims say she isn’t really dead. The midseason premiere was filmed at the end of August and the beginning of September, and filming spoilers have given away who makes it past the midseason finale. Rick, Carl, Michonne, Tara, Sasha, Maggie, Carol, Rosita, Michonne, Abraham and Father Gabriel were all photographed filming in Georgia around that time. Daryl, Noah, Glenn and Judith were also confirmed to be filming scenes that week for the show. Scenes involving Rick, Noah, Glenn and Michonne were filming at an abandoned house with walkers in it.
The filming spoilers also support the idea that Tyreese may not make it much longer, as Chad Coleman recently signed on as a series regular for the Syfy Channel series “The Expanse.” Other filming commitments also led actor David Morrissey, who played The Governor, to be killed off the series, although his character also perished in the comic book series the show is loosely based on. Now that Eugene has revealed his deception about a cure for the walker disease, it’s likely that the character may head for a new location, such as Noah’s hometown of Richmond, Virginia.
According to the International Business Times on November 30, there are many fan theories about what will happen during the midseason finale “Coda,” and how it will affect the future of the series. A sneak peek of the episode features Father Gabriel finding a woman’s bible before seeing Bob’s charred leg near where Gareth was holding camp. Morgan, who hasn’t appeared since the season five premiere, may be back in some capacity. It’s likely that there is a time jump between the eighth and ninth episodes, and there is a time jump between the prison group and Morgan’s journey.