The first anticipated confrontation is between the leaders of the prison and Woodbury, Rick and the Governor, respectively. The previous episode signed off with Rick and his group consisting of Daryl, Oscar and Michonne right outside the Woodbury gates. We have already seen how inept many of the Woodbury guards are with a firearm. They are no more suited for human-on-human than Beth or Hershel, yet they are tasked with protecting the Governor's idyllic society with their lives.
We are also oh so close to a Dixon brothers reunion with Daryl and Merle. These characters have not shared any screen time together in the series yet aside from a Daryl hallucination. Over the course of three seasons, Daryl has matured from a reckless outsider to Rick's right-hand man. Ironically Merle has become the Governor's right-hand man, even though he's only got a left hand to work with.
Three images from 'Made to Suffer' offer some clues into where the midseason finale is headed. Rick and his extraction team will get inside Woodbury one way or the other, and Rick will be with Michonne as he points his firearm at someone. Andrea will also take aim at someone, and I'm guessing it's someone from Rick's group.
The last image is the head-scratcher and features Daryl casually sitting on a Woodbury curb. Did he, Rick and the team takeover Woodbury and Daryl had to off his brother? Is Merle even around or is he on his way to the prison on the scouting mission the Governor requested? Has Rick been taken captive in exchange for the safety of everyone else? Why on earth is Daryl just sitting on this curb with his guard totally down?
The Walking Dead: Season 3 episode 309 'Made to Suffer' premieres this upcoming Sunday, December 2 at 9/8c on AMC. Click any of the images below for the big high-res versions.