In a coming attraction for next week's episode of The Walking Dead, "Thank You," it looks like Rick Grimes cuts his hand while fighting off a walker trio. It appears that he cut it on the machete lodged in the walker's shoulder which would be riddled with zombie guts.
Why is that so important? Because if The Walking Dead TV series follows the rules of the comic books, Rick's hand should probably be infected. In the comics, big bad Negan covered weapons in walker guts to ensure that if any of his ammunition struck anyone, they would eventually die. Also, in the comics, Rick lost his hand on behalf of the Governor.
Is Rick actually going to lose his hand, now? Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick doesn't seem to think so, seeing as he downplayed the moment when the clip from Thank You aired on his late night recap show. But how is Rick going to treat that wound if it is, in fact, from the machete covered in walker guts? It's not like he can just pour some peroxide on there and call it a day. Cutting it off like Hershel's leg seems like the only known option.
The theory of Rick Grimes losing his hand is a lot of fun but when I talked to Andrew Lincoln a couple weeks ago, he told me the VFX supervisor ruled it out because of how expensive it would be, despite his own campaign for Rick to lose his hand. Plus, if it happens now, stemming from the killing of some unnecessary walkers, it would only be happening to satisfy the vocal comic book fans who want the show to mirror the comic more tightly.
We'll find out this weekend. The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 PM ET on AMC.