In Sunday’s midseason premiere, Rock in the Road, we still don’t know who Boots is… and now we have another mystery…
Why, when he is now proven to be a valuable member of this group, is Father Gabriel taking all of Alexandria’s supplies and taking off in the middle of the night? And did we just see another person in that car?!?
As it turns out, yes we did. Greg Nicotero, who directed this episode, had a few things to say on the matter.
“There will be more information as you view it more than one time, because, if you notice, there is a moment when he gets in the car, and the car’s driving away, and somebody sits up in the seat next to him — Not alone. So what we like is playing with the idea that it was always intended to be sort of uncertain. Has Gabriel gone a little crazy? What’s going on? Did he come up with or brainstorm some plan and he’s going to take all the supplies? But then, as soon as he drives away, you see somebody sit up in the car next to him.”
Nicotero then clues back to when Gabriel was gassing up the car.
“You might see the reflection of somebody in the car. So I think after a couple viewings, it’s sort of apparent — especially even after Rick says Gabriel wouldn’t do that and Gabriel would never leave — that something must have happened. So then they go back to where the boat was, and they find tracks, they realize that they’re following the scent backwards and that Gabriel’s clue sort of leads them to believe that whoever was essentially watching them may have made a move.”
So who is this guy? Is he connected to the group Rock and the gang run into at the end of the opener? Is he a guy at all? Is he a Savior?
Who knows? — Well Greg Nicotero does…
But the one thing we all know is that The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9 on AMC.