Sunday's episode of The Walking Dead ended with a major revelation that will have a big impact on the lives of Rick, Lori and Shane. Exactly what that impact will be remains to be seen, but Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is willing to give a few teasers. [Spoilers ahead!]
This week's episode, "Cherokee Rose," ended with Lori's discovery that she's pregnant—but who's the father? It could just as easily be Shane's baby as it could be Rick's. In a new interview, Kirkman says no matter who the father is, the simple fact of the pregnancy will have big implications.
Lori is pregnant! How is she going to deal with this revelation? Robert Kirkman: It's definitely a terrifying thing to consider in this world with the state of things, it's like going back to pioneer days and having to worry about how you're going to give birth and how you're going to survive the pregnancy. This is a very complicated process in modern times, it requires a lot of interaction with doctors and none of that stuff is available, so it's going to be terrifying for her.
The big question is whether the baby is Rick's or Shane's. How is that going to affect the dynamic among the three of them in particular?
Kirkman: This is going to be a catalyst for Shane. Once he finds out about this, assuming he does find out about this, he's going to react pretty strongly to this. His whole reason for worrying about Lori and Carl (Chandler Riggs) is that they've become a surrogate family for them. If he believes this baby is going to be his, that's just going to solidify his state with this family. It's definitely going to throw a wrench in the whole love triangle thing that's going on.
Kirkman also (sort of) answered whether this secret will tie into another big secret from season one that still hasn't been revealed.
Is Lori's pregnancy what Jenner had whispered to Rick at the CDC in the Season 1 finale? Kirkman: [Laughs] I can't say. That remains to be seen. All I can say is that it'll definitely be revealed this season. We're getting close to the midpoint of the season, so the likelihood of it being in the first half is looking pretty slim.
But what about the affair Shane and Lori were having while Rick was in that coma? You know, the thing that started this whole triangle mess in the first place? Will Rick get a clue?
"Yeah, definitely. The thing is: We never want our main character to seem like he's stupid. That's not something we ever want to do. The audience has been aware of this affair since the very beginning of the show. Rick is a police officer, so I would suspect that he might start catching on to things sooner rather than later."
So how soon until the Rick vs. Shane megabrawl we've been waiting for since last year finally kicks off?
(via TV Guide)