We may still be months away from season two of AMC’s The Walking Dead, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start speculating about what’s going to happen to our ragtag group of zombie apocalypse survivors following their near-escape from the self-destruction of the CDC building. With the show already diverging from the comic’s plot in significant ways, there’s no telling what the second season will have in store for Rick and company. However, there are a few key things I would like to see.
Spoiler Alert: This will have major spoilers from the comics that may or may not make their way into the TV show. If you’re planning on reading the books or just want to be surprised in season two, now’s your chance to look away.
It’s time for Shane to die.
Why is Shane still alive? I’m sure he was a good guy once, but the stress of seeing his best friend get shot, losing Lori when Rick turned up alive, and daily survival in a world overrun by the undead is clearly taking its toll. After attempting to rape Lori and generally just being a dick, there’s no redemption for this character. Let’s kill him off and move on, which is actually related to the next item on my wish list…
Carl’s loss of innocence.
The zombie apocalypse is no place to have a childhood. In the comic, Carl grows up fast, learning to shoot a gun and proving to his father that he can be responsible with a firearm despite being only seven years old. Carl’s no stranger to shooting zombies, but when Shane snaps and tries to murder Rick, Carl defends his father by taking Shane’s life. Carl is never quite the same after that, and this is a necessary transformation to be made for this character to reach his full potential.
More familiar faces.
When the show premiered and I didn’t recognize a lot of the characters, I was fine with it. After all, not everything translates perfectly from one medium to another, so I can’t be angry if The Walking Dead doesn’t follow the comic storyline panel for panel. Also, I figured, more characters means more non-important personnel to be eaten by zombies, and I have no problem with that. Still, I’d like to see more familiar characters in season two. That will probably happen if I get my next request…
It’s time for Hershel’s farm to make an appearance. Even with the changes to the main storyline in the TV show, the farm is still important enough that it needs to be one of the key locations in season two. Sure, they may not stay long, and most of Hershel’s family might be dead within weeks (or hours) of meeting Rick, but bringing Hershel and especially Maggie into the show is sure to appease comic fans while creating an interesting dynamic among several existing characters.
Let’s get Lori’s pregnancy out of the way.
Lori is knocked up, and no one knows if it’s Rick’s baby or Shane’s. That mystery will never be resolved, so let’s not spend more than five minutes trying to build any kind of drama around the issue. All Lori can do is deal with it and hope that, by some miracle, the baby gets delivered in a world without hospitals or epidurals. This is handled well enough in the book, and I’d like to see it tackled similarly on the show. We definitely don’t have time for any lingering baby daddy drama.
These are just a few of the things we’re hoping to see when The Walking Dead returns this fall. Now that we’ve shared our thoughts, let us know: What are you guys hoping for?