6. Hershel gets bit
Things were looking up for our gang in the season premiere – they managed to clear a safe pathway into the prison and find shelter and salvation within Cell Block B. Lori wanted to let the group rest and enjoy their momentary triumphs, but Rick insisted on surging forward and securing their wing. Setting off with flashlights and spray paint to mark the way, Rick led a small search party deeper into the prison. Things seemed to be fine until they encountered a zombie herd, and we gasped in shock and dismay as a zombie plunged his teeth into Hershel’s calf. The sound, the viscera, the gore – it was a blow to the system that only got worse when Rick amputated Hershel’s leg with his hatchet blade. Rick’s emergency surgery saved Hershel’s life, but left him with only one leg in a world where running is the most important survival skill.