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The WALKING DEAD Preview: Who’s Dead and Who’s Coming Back?

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 2:39 pm by Amanda Andonian

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With The Walking Dead returning this Sunday (Feb 9th), let’s take a quick look at what’s to come for the rest of the fourth season. We’ve been pretty vocal about our disappointment with this show in the past (most recently in Jess’s piece on what she calls the Daryl Dixon Conundrum), but there’s always hope for something new and surprising.

It goes without saying that the following The Walking Dead preview contains major spoilers, but I’ll say it anyway: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!

So when we last left our heroes, the body count was racked up considerably. Robert Kirkman has said in the past that if you don’t see someone’s dead body on screen, then they may or may not be dead (see Merle Dixon). Using that logic, here’s what we know:

  • Herschel is definitely dead.
  • Baby Judith could be alive.
  • Of the Governor’s surrogate family, Lily is probably alive, Tara may or may not be alive, and Megan is definitely dead.
  • The Governor may not be dead.

That’s right—the Governor could be alive and kicking still. That bombshell was dropped by TV Guide a few days ago, saying, “While Rick heals from his beating from The Governor — whom you will see again — Carl will lose something very important to him.” Looking back at the last episode, it’s definitely implied that Lily kills him, but we don’t know for sure since we don’t see his dead body. The Walking Dead is not shy about showing graphic violence, so it can’t be because they didn’t want to show him getting his head blown off. If he came back, it would be a cheap trick to be sure, especially given the context of the scene and the fact that Kirkman has dissected the Governor’s death multiple times in many interviews. One can only hope that this scoop is a false lead and that the Governor may just end up being another one of Rick’s guilt-induced hallucinations.

As far as Baby Judith is concerned, though, Kirkman has definitely been more circumspect when discussing whether she survived or not. From another TV Guide interview:

Maybe she’s dead, but if she’s alive, that changes the story in some interesting ways moving forward as we go into some of the other stories from the comics that happened after the prison where Judith wasn’t present. It’s fun to think about how she could potentially change those stories if she is alive. She certainly could be dead. There’s a lot of blood in that car seat.

Since he’s being so coy about the subject, we can only assume that Judith will come back in one way or another. Speaking of babies, remember Michonne’s crazy breakdown when holding Judith? We may get more answers as to what happened in her past very soon. Entertainment Weekly just posted an interview with actress Danai Gurira on what she sees coming in the near future for Michonne:

What’s interesting for Michonne is that she is on the tip of something. She was on the tip of something in those first eight episodes. Was she going to settle in? Was she starting to open up? Then the trauma hit and I think the big question is, will this clam her back up or open her up? It’s a question of going back to the old her or going on a different path. That’s the question sitting on her soul as she tries to metabolize the trauma that’s befallen her.

Judging by one of the first promotional images from AMC (above), it looks like Michonne is definitely returning to some old habits by finding herself a new pair of pets to drag around. Hopefully she doesn’t become a completely silent robot again, because that wasn’t compelling at all after the first couple of episodes. You can check out the full interview here.

What I really want to see more of, though, is how Daryl feels about Rick exiling Carol from the group. He barely had a second to absorb the news before the attack started, so there has to be some kind of greater reaction from him, especially given how close he was to her and his role in the group. In another EW interview, Norman Reedus talks about Daryl’s state of mind:

Daryl going into this first episode doesn’t even know if everyone is alive. Right now he thinks everyone is dead. You may or may not see a backlash. The way that we shot that and the way that we directed that, it was left very open-ended. I like the way we didn’t wrap up that storyline with a nice bow yet.

He also goes on to say that a very Daryl-centric story is in the final eight episodes, so perhaps he goes in search of Carol to find out what happened from her point of view? As far as episode 9, “After,” is concerned, we’re only really going to see Carl and Rick as they deal with the ramifications of their group splintering, and Judith’s apparent death. Get ready for a resurgence of Rick crazy-times! Here’s hoping it’s not as tedious as it was last time.

The Walking Dead returns to AMC on February 9th at 9/8c.

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