The second half of "The Walking Dead" is expected to see Rick Grimes and gang making their way towards a safe haven that will give them a respite from the zombie apocalypse.
The next few episodes will see them befriending Aaron, the Alexandria Safe-Zone recruiter, and as the synopsis of "What Happened and What's Going On" hints that "a slight detour might prove to be the solution they've been looking for."
Meanwhile, the midseason premiere is expected to be one of the greatest, and both Greg Nicotero (director of episode 9) and Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) previously noted that it is one of the greatest episodes they've ever done. In a recent interview, Josh McDermitt, too, echoed similar sentiments saying the episode is weird in a great way.
"The great thing that our writers and producers do is constantly reinventing the show," McDermitt told Huffington Post Entertainment. "And they're not doing it out of the need. They're pushing it in an awesome direction, and I love where the show is headed. I think true fans of the show are gonna love it as well, and I think it's also gonna bring in more viewers, more people who maybe previously haven't watched the show. I think they're gonna latch on and get excited about it."
The second half of "The Walking Dead" will begin 8 February, and the group will face even more heartbreak before they reach a good place. They will also have to deal with the death of Beth, who was killed in the midseason finale of season 5. McDermitt too spoke about the group's emotional journey saying a lot of tears will be shed in the next half, and said that not every heartbreak will be related to death.
"Yeah, I mean I think that's always the case with this show, and not just in the sense of, 'Oh, there's gonna be people dying, so you're gonna be crying.' I mean, I cried when I saw Abraham breakdown and start crying after he found out that the mission to D.C. was a lie. There are other moments you cry in that aren't necessarily related to death, so I absolutely agree with that statement. You gotta get your tissues ready because there are some pretty intense moments."
"The Walking Dead" returns to AMC on 8 February.