The Walking Dead Webisodes We Need, Part 2

Brett Rickaby as Marcus, Fear The Walking Dead: Flight 462 -- AMC
Brett Rickaby as Marcus, Fear The Walking Dead: Flight 462 -- AMC /

Can we ever have enough The Walking Dead? Was what we’ve gotten so far for webisodes enough? Of course not!! So…why don’t we have more webisodes?

When the second half of Season 6 of The Walking Dead starts tonight, Valentine’s Day (Here in the U.S., in any event), it will also begin the second half of Fear The Walking Dead: Flight 462 and, in case I didn’t make it obvious last time, I can’t get enough webisodes of The Walking Dead; I simply can’t. There’s just too much going on in its overall universe that I (Though I should hope I’m not alone in this sentiment) simply can not be satisfied with only the limited snippets of what’s going on around the main stories — Both The Walking Dead AND Fear The Walking Dead — that we’ve gotten so far. Don’t get me wrong: I love them, but, I need…more, so much so, that I came up with more ideas for webisodes that I didn’t get a chance to give you last time! And, for a change of pace, I’m gonna start at the VERY BEGINNING…

“Patient ZERO”

Gloria, Fear The Walking Dead - AMC
Lexi Johnson as Gloria, Fear The Walking Dead – AMC /

While I love Fear The Walking Dead, the fact AMC only gave it six episodes to start off with (Just as it did with The Walking Dead) left me, and probably many of you, wanting to see more of Los Angeles’ decline into ruin as the infection began spreading. Enter: This webisode. I think a great way to show the aforementioned decline, would be to show certainly the first infected we see: Gloria. How did she get infected? What about the two other junkies Nick discovered, half-eaten, before drawing Gloria’s very unwanted attention, where did they go after Nick fled? They obviously left the church after Nick escaped, how many people did they infect? Was Gloria, in fact, Patient Zero? Was she the first walker? The possibilities are endless.


Chase aiming his gun in Cold Storage webisode Parting Shots.
Chase (Josh Stewart) aiming his gun in Cold Storage webisode Parting Shots. /

In the second The Walking Dead webisode, “Cold Storage” (If you haven’t watched it already, check it out here — You’re welcome), we’re introduced to Chase, who’s desperately trying to get home to Cynthiana, Kentucky (Rick’s hometown in The Walking Dead comics and creator Robert Kirkman’s hometown, by the way), to meet up with his sister and a caravan she’s a part of. Well, **SPOILER ALERT**, the webisode ends with him and his new companion, Kelly, taking a truck and making their way north in an attempt to reach Chase’s sister, but, their fuel is, shall we say, lower than desired; In fact, so low that they’re definitely not going to reach there with what they have.

Frankly, I think it would very interesting if we got a sequel webisode, one which pick ups where “Cold Storage” left off, with Chase and Kelly on the road heading north for Kentucky on not nearly enough fuel to get there. Clearly, they will eventually run out of gas, and, well, I think we all know what happens next: Walkers, lots of them.

I think seeing whether Chase and Kelly are successful in their odyssey would be fun to watch, as well as seeing what sort of relationship now exists between these two relative strangers. What’s more, because of how early “Cold Storage” takes place in the zombie apocalypse, I think this would be great way of either bridging the two timelines, The Walking Dead and Fear, together, or perhaps, even show Atlanta as it’s reaching the same tipping point we see LA teetering to in Fear The Walking Dead.

“No Rest”

The Governor meets an elderly walker in the rest home, The Walking Dead -- AMC
The Governor meets an elderly walker in the rest home, The Walking Dead — AMC /

One of the earliest groups we met in The Walking Dead is The Vatos, led by Guillermo, who had turned the rest home he, Felipe, and several others worked at, into their base, largely because the elderly people who resided there were either unable to be moved, or their families never managed to reach them to get them out. Of all the groups Rick and company have met who didn’t join them, The Vatos were easily the best. Sadly, we only saw them in one episode.

This, of course, has led many to wonder what happened to them after Rick, Daryl, T-Dog, and Glenn left them and why, I believe, we need a webisode or two about them to answer the pressing questions: Did they stay at the rest home (Hence the name, by the way) after Rick left? Did they know that death, regardless, turned people? Was their rest home the same one The Governor found in “Live Bait”?

Noel Gugliemi as Felipe, The Walking Dead -- AMC
Noel Gugliemi as Felipe, The Walking Dead — AMC /

Frankly, I doubt I was the only person who worried about The Vatos when struck with the aforementioned revelation. It doesn’t take too much imagination to picture how things could have gotten very bad for The Vatos very quickly if the elderly patients they were looking out for began dying, either from natural causes or from any number of diseases they may have had.

The poor Vatos may have quickly found themselves in quite the horror show if too many of the residents of the rest home started turning around the same time. Could they have escaped? Could they have survived?

See? Perfectly good webisode fodder.

“The Life and Times of Brian Heriot”

A warning to Brian Heriot, The Walking Dead -- AMC
A warning to Brian Heriot, The Walking Dead — AMC /

Who. Is. Brian. Heriot. Seriously!? Who is he?! Is he alive? Did he find the signs left for him (Pictured right)? Is he someone…we already met? I think I take back my earlier statement about my first idea for a webisode: THIS has limitless potential. We know nothing about Brian Heriot, so there is almost nothing that can’t be done with him.

If you wanted, he could be someone from Rick’s hometown, he could be someone from one of Bob’s previous groups he didn’t realize survived, Hell, he could be backpack guy! On the other side of the coin, he could be someone completely unrelated to anyone we’ve met before, with a story completely unique to him; That’s what’s so great about this character: He can be anything.

Get on this, AMC. Seriously.

“The Longest Walk”

John Carroll Lynch as Eastman, The Walking Dead -- AMC
John Carroll Lynch as Eastman, The Walking Dead — AMC /

In “Here’s Not Here”, we were introduced to what may be one of the most interesting characters in The Walking Dead: Eastman. Eastman was the psychiatrist turned Jed–I mean Aikido master who taught Morgan to control his anger and that all life is precious.

Of course, he also tells Morgan what it took for him to reach that point in his life, including killing Creighton Dallas Wilton. Eastman then explains to Morgan that, afterwards, he attempted to turn himself in to the police…only to find they were gone. Before Eastman decided to live out the rest of his existence in his cabin, he wanted to get a drawing by his daughter left at his home.

…And this is where we come in. You see, Eastman explains that in the attempt to reach his home, he lost his car (Presumably to either a herd or a traffic jam) and had to trudge through “Thirty miles of the dead” to do so. Please tell me I’m not the only person who would want to see Eastman’s odyssey through thirty miles of walkers, just to get a piece of defaced drywall. If we can watch episodes almost exclusively about Morgan and Daryl by themselves in the wilderness, I think we can watch one about Eastman desperately trying to make his way home. Of course, if that doesn’t get you excited, maybe this will…

“The Tale of The Samurai”

The Walking Dead - AMC
The Walking Dead – AMC /

Michonne is, far and away, one of the greatest characters in The Walking Dead, and has one of the most intriguing backstories of anyone in the show…what little we know of it, anyways.

What that is is as follows: Michonne, her boyfriend (And father of her son, Andre), Mike, and their best friend, Terry, were just normal Atlantans(?) living normal lives (Going to art galleries and whatnot), that is, until the outbreak hits. From there, everything, not surprisingly, goes downhill.

What little we see of Michonne, Andre, Mike and Terry’s time before Michonne meets Andrea comes largely from Michonne’s nightmare/memory from “After”, where we watch Michonne’s dream start to go from building around memories of before the outbreak to descending into darker memories from after it.

Danai Gurira as Michonne, Brandon Fobbs as Terry, Aldis Hodge as Mike, The Walking Dead -- AMC
Danai Gurira as Michonne, Brandon Fobbs as Terry, Aldis Hodge as Mike, The Walking Dead — AMC /

As Michonne’s dream turns into a nightmare, we watch what seems to be Michonne’s memories of the camp they had been surviving as it is slowly falling apart, until at last, Mike and Terry’s arms are cut off and Andre is gone. This is what I believe would make for a great set of webisodes: Watching Michonne’s life from the day the outbreak began, until the day she met Andrea.

Once again, I think it would be interesting to see how things began to fall in Atlanta roughly around the time the military has started establishing safe zones in Los Angeles. From what Michonne herself says, it sounds like she, Andre, Mike, and Terry were at one until the walkers finally broke in.

Were they the last people there? Did Cobalt happen the same way in Atlanta as it did LA? Did anyone from the military stay behind to hold the camp or did they leave the citizens to defend themselves? Were Michonne, Andre, Mike, and Terry in a camp outside the blast zone of Atlanta? Were they in a camp like The Group was at the beginning? And what about afterwards? How long had Michonne been out there? How did she stumble upon Andrea? I believe there are so many unanswered questions about Michonne that, to leave them as such, would be criminal.

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Of course, I want to hear from you. Am I out of my tree with these ideas, or, would AMC be out of theirs for not making them reality? Is there a great idea for a webisode that I left off of the table? Is there an idea I addressed here that you think doesn’t go deep enough? Let me know!

And, of course, if you enjoyed these ideas, and want to hear my ideas of how to survive a zombie apocalypse, you can always pick up a copy of my book, The Rules: A Guide To Surviving The Zombie Apocalypse! You can also find it on Kindle here, and, on iTunes here!