Back in Episode 9, there was writing on walls around Richmond, “Wolves Not Far.” It remains to be seen whether that’s tied to what happened to the place — including Noah’s (Tyler James Williams) brutalized mother and all the chopped up walker parts outside the gate. The Powers That Be said the story was not over when it comes to those heads and body parts, and there’s some speculation that The Wolves may be the remixed name of The Scavengers. Derek, leader of The Scavengers, has a “little pig, little pig let me in” quote in the comic that could be considered a wolf hint as well. And another wolf reference just appeared in Episode 12 in Alexandria.
Forget Dale. Forget Lori. Forget Bob, Beth, and Tyreese. Tragic, horrible deaths, all of them — but they pale in comparison to the greatest Walking Dead death of them all: Rick’s beard.
The former law man became a current law man, sans beard, in the latest round of The Walking Dead, as Rick Grimes and his group of survivors finally returned to civilization. After weeks and weeks on the road without any concrete notion of salvation, the Ricktatorship can now kick back and relax in Alexandria, a walled-in community just a handful of miles away from Washington, D.C. — although relaxation doesn’t come so easily for any of these people.
Take Rick, for instance. Here’s a man so traumatized by his experiences in the apocalypse that he almost got his entire fellowship killed on the way to Alexandria, because he couldn’t trust a single, smiling stranger. Even now, inside of Alexandria, Rick appears reluctant to accept the new status quo. He’s the first of his group to meet with Deanna Monroe, the community’s leader, and a former Washington congresswoman. Under her leadership, Alexandria has flourished where so many others have perished. The community has been insulated from most of the horrors associated with the zombie outbreak, to the point that Monroe’s fellow Alexandrians are, in a word, soft. Even she admits her people’s weaknesses, which is why she’s thrilled to have some true, hardened survivors like Rick and friends under her roof.