[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from The Walking Dead and the comics the AMC series is based on. Read at your own risk!]
Abraham & Co. aren't the only new characters that joined the second half of The Walking Dead's fourth season.
Rick (Andrew Lincoln) learned that the hard way during Sunday's episode when, still healing from The Governor's (David Morrissey) beat down, he was forced to hide from marauders while Carl (Chandler Riggs) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) were off searching for supplies.
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But these mystery men aren't the ordinary type of survivors we've seen on the show over the years. Instead, they used the house as a pit stop during what can only be assumed is a supply run. Rick hid under the bed when one decided to take a nap upstairs, but the man was unceremoniously offed when another man in his group (played by Sons of Anarchy star Jeff Kober) decided he wanted the bed all to himself. Clearly, these men are not to be trifled with.
While Rick was forced to secretly kill one of the men so he could escape through a window, several other unseen baddies discovered Michonne's freshly-washed shirt downstairs and made plans to take care of whomever it belonged to whenever he or she got back. Luckily for Michonne, Rick was able to warn her and Carl before they returned to the house and they all escaped mostly unscathed and en route to the mysterious Terminus — the sanctuary to which the whole group seems to be headed.
Elsewhere during the episode, Glenn (Steven Yeun) finally woke up after Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) had driven the new group three hours away from of the prison. Determined to get back to Maggie (Lauren Cohen), Glenn got Abraham to pull over so he could head back on foot. But Abraham is hell-bent on achieving his mission to bring Eugene (Josh McDermitt) to Washington, D.C. because his comrade apparently knows the cause of the zombie epidemic. After Abraham and Glenn tussle, Eugene tries to stop oncoming walkers by firing a machine gun wildly. Unfortunately, he hits the gas tank and renders the truck useless. So. the whole group sets out on foot, presumably also toward Terminus.
But let's go back to Kober's mystery man, who is more than likely connected to Terminus in some way, shape or form. AMC, under strict orders from showrunner Scott Gimple, declined to offer up any details on his character, which is very curious. So, here are my two spoilery theories based on the comic-book.
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1. Kober is an early incarnation of Negan, the eventual leader of The Saviors who uses his power and influence to subjugate nearby communities by forcing them to pay for protection against walkers. This could jell with my theory that Terminus is actually The Sanctuary. Although producers' promised that they wouldn't really touch on Negan this year, this brief introduction could just be planting the seed of his tyranny before getting a full taste next season when all of a sudden he's swinging a bat and comic book fans yell, "Aha!"
2. If Terminus isn't actually The Sanctuary of the comics — aka Negan's home base — but Kober's mystery man is still connected to the location, the entire group could be headed for one big trap. Considering the mystery men are willing to kill one another over a bed to sleep on — especially when there were plenty of others in the house — Terminus sounds like it will be anything but a safe place. At best, the mystery men could be The Hunters, a group of hostile survivors-turned-cannibals. Because cannibalism is pretty much better than facing Lucille.
Who do you think Kober's mystery man is? Do you think he's connected to Negan? Hit the comments with your thoughts!
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.