Like many, I was glued to my television on Sunday nights watching AMC's The Walking Dead. Yes it's unfortunate that the season was only six episodes but there's no point in complaining about that (or the wait until season 2 begins). As much as I've been waiting for any new information on the show, I've also been waiting to have a proper discussion on what happened in the final episode. With the release of the season today on Blu-ray and DVD and with the millions of viewers in the ratings, I thought now would be a good time to talk about it and not be too concerned with spoilers.
== TEASER ==
There will be spoilers below if you STILL haven't watched the series or read the comic.
According to TV Line, Robert Kirkman addressed the mysterious whisper last Friday. He didn't reveal what was said but did say this was something that would be addressed in the second season and wouldn't be teased for too long. He added, "I think people are going to be kind of shocked at what was said there."
That pretty much rules out the possibility that he told Rick about Lori being pregnant or that Shane could be the father. What other theories are there about what Jenner could have told Rick?
- Shane and Lori argued in the rec room and that he attacked her.
- Everyone in Washington D.C. is gone.
- The location of a cure.
- The location of other survivors, perhaps leading them to the prison, the Governor's city or Hershel's farm.
- The location of the French scientist that was close to the cure (hopefully not in France).
- Their blood samples showed some or all infected with virus.
- He wasn't a real scientist but just the janitor there.
One thing to recall is right before the whisper and the door opened, Jenner told Rick that this was his chance and Rick said he was grateful. Jenner's response to this was, "The day will come when you won't be." Another thing to think about is this episode clearly demonstrates that the series is willing to go in a different direction than the comic. There wasn't a CDC facility visited. That means this revelation could be something not seen in the comics.
Besides the pregnancy revelation, the next most popular theory is that someone or all of them are infected. This doesn't seem likely as there would be signs by this point. Although when Jenner was asked about the results of everyone's blood test he responded, "No surprises." Did he have other survivors visit him since the outbreak. Who else's blood could he have examined since the lockdown?
Jenner not being a real scientist doesn't seem likely either. Even though he was there alone for a month and could have taught himself everything he needed to know to sound like he was a doctor, this possibility seems unlikely. His ID badge was keyed to work on the main computer but when shown in a brief close up, there weren't any indications of his position (and sure, it's possible he took someone else's ID and reprogramed his).
I don't think Jenner would have said anything that would lead them to the prison or other comic location. We have to remember that Rick had a pretty shocked look on his face. I don't think Jenner told Rick any of those theories I listed above. None of them seem to fit. Jenner knew the generator in the basement was low on fuel and the place was about to be decontaminated. He didn't have any hope left. He wouldn't have known about any cure nearby. On the same note, why would he be completely honest with them? And most importantly, the whisper lasted six seconds. That limits really limits what he said (unless he's a fast-talker).
In other words, I can't imagine what was whispered. I just don't think it was any of the theories that have been stated before. It's going to be something that will shock us. I can't think of anything related to the show that would be shocking. None of the ideas others have expressed seem plausible (or shocking enough) either. With the season 1 now available on Blu-ray and DVD, let's all start watching over and over until we can figure out what was said. Seriously. I want someone to tell me what was whispered and don't want to wait until season 2 begins in October. What do you think was really whispered into Rick's ear?