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Right from the opening two minutes of Feb. 8’s “The Walking Dead” Season 5 return, it’s clear that the midseason premiere is a different sort of episode from the AMC series’ norm. While there is some linear storytelling happening there — Noah was going to take Beth back to his home town, and Rick thinks they all should help him get there — a montage of seemingly unrelated scenes — flashes of a photo of twins and shots of the prison — hints that something unusual is happening.

That’s all very intentional, says Greg Nicotero, who directed the episode. He teases to Zap2it that each one of those confusing shots that are shown in the above video will get paid off later in the episode. 

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“One of the most important things we wanted to do for this episode was to tell [the story] with visual storytelling, with visuals that we will call back to and advance each one of those visuals,” he says. “You see bullet holes in the windshield and you see a framed photo of a drawing of house and then you see the skeleton in the woods with flowers growing out of it. Each one of these images have an important part in the story, and we reveal more and more about them.”

So there you have it: If you’re confused, then you’re supposed to be. What is the bigger story that “What Happened and What’s Going On” is telling? It probably is going to come as a surprise, whether you’re expecting it or not.
The synopsis for the Feb. 8 episode reads: “After all the recent trials the group has faced, a slight detour might prove to be the solution they’ve been looking for.”
Posted by:Terri Schwartz