The Walking Dead season 9 continued tonight with its third episode, “Warning Signs.” Once again, Rick’s efforts to build a better, united civilization were undercut when tensions rose up between the communities as some of the Saviors started going missing, meaning accusations flew in every direction and trust was stretched to the breaking point. Despite his intentions being noble, it doesn’t look like achieving normal society is possible in this new world.
And the troubles will only continue next week. Episode 9×04, titled “The Obliged,” is set to see the former sheriff face even bigger challenges to his goals. The previously released synopsis doesn’t give much away, but it does hint that “past sins” will come back to haunt Rick in a “sudden reckoning” with something he’s done that’s still “unforgiven.”
“Rick’s vision of a civilized future is threatened by a sudden reckoning with past sins that remain unavenged and unforgiven.”
With every episode, TWD fans are growing more anxious, as we know it’s only a matter of time before Rick Grimes heads for the exit door. Andrew Lincoln’s due to vacate the series by the end of this half of the run and while it hasn’t yet been confirmed that Rick will die, we’d bet good money on it. And by the sounds of this synopsis, it appears that his own past actions may prove to be his undoing.
However it plays out, we know it’s going to be tragic to see Rick’s dream of a brighter future crumble around him. He inherited the vision from his much-missed son Carl, of course, but it’d be heartbreaking for him to go thinking that he hasn’t made a difference. Could the next episode be it for our fearless hero? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Be sure to catch The Walking Dead 9×03 “Warning Signs” next Sunday, October 28th on AMC.