This week’s episode of The Walking Dead was a table-setting episode nested nicely in the middle of two other story arcs (the fate of Glenn, and the zombie horde encircling Alexandria). To some, it may have seemed like a filler episode, but those familiar with the comics storylines will recognize that “Always Accountable” will pay off down the line (most likely, in the second half of the season). This episode — in addition to getting Daryl, Abraham, and Sasha back to Alexandria with a gas truck and a rocket launcher — also sets up the introduction of the much talked-about Negan down the line.
How does that work? Let’s jump straight into this week’s open questions.
1. First things first, was that Glenn’s voice on the walkie talkie?
According to a Norman Reedus interview on EW, it was not. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it was not someone with Glenn, like Jesus — a character introduced later. Reedus says it also could be someone back in Alexandria, but — at this time of the day — no one was in immediate danger back there, except that Wolf Morgan had locked up. (Could it be the Wolf on the walkie? Not likely, but that would be an interesting twist.)
My guess is that someone is using the walkie to lure Daryl, Abraham, Sasha into a trap, perhaps even the people we saw earlier in the episode with the man who had his arm chopped off. Recall that, earlier in the episode, they changed the frequencies on their walkie talkies. Why even mention that if it wasn’t going to come back into play?
2. Who Were The Two Kidnappers?
The characters who kidnapped Daryl briefly were played by Austin Amelio and Christine Evangelista. Though not officially confirmed, Austin Amelio’s character is almost certainly Dwight, an important character in the comics. This was something of an origin story, laying the groundwork for some of the important details we find out about him in the comics (more below). They live in a colony where they “earn” in exchange for safety.