So, you’ve just been bitten by a Walker. Do you a) let Rick chop your leg off from the knee down, b) tell everyone that you’re feeling just fine or c) push the next Walker at Rick, letting it bear him to the ground? If you picked ‘all of the above’ you’ve likely just watched the latest episode of The Walking Dead.
Since gaining access to the prison, Rick and his crew have felt a freedom they haven’t felt since before the fall of Hershel’s farm. They have space, and who knows what is in the many areas of the prison? Food and medical equipment are always a priority, but what else lies within these walls?
Well, some out of touch prisoners, for one. A group of five prisoners were sequestered in the prison’s cafeteria for 292 (or 294 according to prisoner Andrew) days, feasting on the food that was stockpiled before the zombie onslaught. One prisoner, Tomas (Nick Gomez) had actually been given a pistol by a guard, just before they were locked into the area. These prisoners are not in on a medical marijuana charge – they are bad guys. How will they react when they discover that the world they left behind, the world of emails, telephones, even electricity, is no more?
Rick is in no mood to slowly explain to this group that times have changed. He’s not ready to play politically correct with anyone. He has fought his way into the prison, and despite Tomas’ assertion that he ‘owns’ Cell Block C, he’s not ceding an inch to anyone. There’s been enough horror in Rick’s life. He doesn’t need any more drama, from anyone. With Laurie’s potential obstetrician on the DL, his only concern is making sure that the group he’s brought into the prison stay safe.
Rick’s attention is divided between Hershel’s nursing team, and this new group of people. He decides that the prisoners should have a chance, if they share the remaining food. From the start, the presumptive leader, Tomas, fights Rick every step of the way. Tomas is reluctant to share, and he’s certainly waiting for an opportunity to prove that he’s a better man than Rick.