The Walking Dead: Season 4 PredictionsFebruary 6, 2014
With the continuation of AMC’s hit TV series, The Walking Dead, the GCE writers sat down to discuss what they thought was coming up for the survivors in the next eight episodes.
According to creator Robert Kirkman, the season is going to get more dark than we’ve ever seen before.
“The rest of Season 4 starts February 9, and it gets pretty dark. I guess the answer is ‘yes.’ But just how far we go and what we do and stuff, you’ll just have to watch. But I will say that the show will continue to get a little bit bleak at times and a little bit darker as the world progresses, and as things get a little bit more dire as they have in the comic.”
So what does this mean for our group of survivors? The group is fractured and they’re out on their own. The Governor is dead and gone but he was only a part of the bigger picture. Now, without food, clean water and shelter, the struggle is only beginning.
Of course one of the questions we tackled were what is next for the Samuel’s sisters, Lizzie and Mika. Are you convinced (like many of us are) that the two girls took it into their own hands to take the lives of two sick survivors in the prison? What of Carol, exhiled from the group by Rick for taking the fall for the killings?
One theory is that we may see Carol meet up with Abraham (played by Michael Cudlitz), a character from the comics that is said to be making his television debut on February 16th, one week after the premiere and one of three new characters to the show. The other two characters include Dr. Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt) and Rosita Espinoza (Christian Serratos). How exactly they’ll be introduced is yet to be determined, but there is lots of excitement revolving around the new arrivals. Will Carol stumble upon them, or are we going to see the three operating as a faction on their own for a period of time?
There is a strong belief that someone saved Judith from almost certain death in the prison yard. While Rick assumes the blood in the car seat is a sign that a walker got to her before he did, perhaps the blood got there by an injured protector, or even through transfer from scooping her up. After all, close combat with the dead does get pretty bloody. One theory is that Tyreese managed to rescue baby Judith and another is that the Governor’s ex-girlfriend, Lilly, took the baby, possibly to replace that hole in her heart from losing her daughter so violently.
Who will be the next to die?
That topic is a hard one, and many people are looking at Glenn as being the next to go. Still, others hold out the hope that having Glenn survive his current illness may mean he might meet a more ‘comic styled’ death down the line. Besides, hasn’t Maggie suffered enough? This, however, also brings into question when we might see the Saviours and a specific character from the comics named Negan. Recently, Kirkman said on the topic,
“It’s a question of when not if. We actually talk about that a bit in the writer’s room as to when it would be appropriate to bring him in and what needs to happen in order to get to that point. Unless the show gets canceled abruptly very soon, you’ll see Negan on the TV show. Like Season 9?”
That may mean that Glenn will live long enough to die another day (in a much more brutal fashion), but as Kirkman and his team of writers have proven to us before, the comic doesn’t always predict what will happen next in the world of The Walking Dead.
With all the characters split apart from one another, there are doubts that there will be any major character deaths so soon, but if there is, it wouldn’t be a complete shock. Walking Dead fans have since learned to expect the unexpected.
Will they find the Alexandria safe zone?
This was originally a going theory for some of us for the end of season 4, though it seems Kirkman is interested in keeping everyone in Georgia for a little while longer. “…They will possibly, eventually follow that storyline, but I can’t say when. But I would say there’s a good chance that may happen.”
As comic readers already know, the Alexandria safe zone is located in Alexandria, Virginia, and is comprised of a few blocks of cleared streets. It made it’s first appearance in issue 69 of the comic series. In order not to spoil any details for non-comic readers, I’ll just leave it at that.
Of course, Kirkman is known for keeping his cards close to his chest, but it does seem that the Alexandria arc is still some time off. Maybe we’ll see some cannibals in the interim? Will Carl find himself in an awful scenario seen in the comics or is that considered too violent for television? The show has been known for testing boundaries and there is no doubt that AMC might be a little bit worried about the shows future. Not that it’ll ever get cancelled, but that they may drive away more sensitive audience members with increasing violence, especially given some of the topics in the comics are of an incredibly sensitive nature.
Whatever is in store for our survivors for this back eight, one thing is clear: if Daryl dies, fans riot.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC this Sunday, February 9 at 9PM.