The Walking Dead: Gabriel’s illness could foreshadow weaponized walker guts

Gabriel Stokes (Seth Gilliam) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 5Photo by Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Gabriel Stokes (Seth Gilliam) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 5Photo by Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC /

In The Walking Dead episode 807 “Time For After” Father Gabriel is deathly sick after being exposed to walker guts. This could be foreshadowing a tactic Negan uses in the comic.

In “Time For After” The Walking Dead fans see that Father Gabriel was not faking his illness in order to get to see Dr. Carson. He’s really extremely sick.

Dr. Carson is unable to treat him because The Sanctuary is out of antibiotics and just about everything else a they wait for Eugene to come up with a way to clear the massive herd of walkers away from the building.

According to Dr. Carson, Father Gabriel has multiple infections and is heading for almost certain organ failure. So what made Father Gabriel so sick when in the past walker guts were used as a disguise without anyone getting sick?

There could be many factors that are causing the guts to be toxic. But the simplest explanation is that they’ve always been toxic, considering that they are rotting bacteria filled bodily fluids and tissue pieces. But it could be that as long as they don’t come into contact with any openings in the skin they don’t cause illness.

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A Scratch Is All It Takes

Father Gabriel had just come through a battle, and he had to fight his way to the trailer where Negan was hiding. It’s easy to believe that somewhere in the melee he got a cut or scratch. And if the infection laden guts leaked bacteria into a cut or scratch or an opening in the skin it would easily cause the kind of full-scale bodily devastation that Father Gabriel is currently suffering from.

Negan mentioned in the trailer to Father Gabriel that The Saviors had seen other people get sick from walker guts trying to use them as a disguise. But seeing how sick Father Gabriel is could be what gives Negan the idea to use the infected guts as a weapon.

Lucille 2.0

In issue 122 of The Walking Dead comic, during the second half of All Out War, Negan starts covering Lucille in walker guts before taking her into battle. And he has all of The Saviors do the same thing with their bladed weapons and hand weapons.

Why? Because the weapons themselves would open up some pretty serious wounds in the skin of a victim. That wound quickly becomes infected thanks to the tainted guts, and so even if a person didn’t die from the immediate strike they would die later on from massive infection or organ failure due to the infections.

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All Out War Part 2

It looks like All Out War part 1 will wrap up in the impending mid-season finale of The Walking Dead. So if the TV storyline follows the comics when The Walking Dead returns from mid-season hiatus fans might see Negan and The Saviors start to use those walker guts on their weapons trying to get an advantage over the alliance and kill even more people.