In a few weeks, The Walking Dead will return to finish up its fourth season on AMC. The mid-season finale was an action-packed thrill ride full of zombie beheadings and high drama. The end result was the group being split apart to fend for themselves in the wilderness, with the prison lost to them. For four seasons, a majority of these characters have been working and living together, so it’s going to be interesting to see how they will survive without each other. The Walking Dead is notorious for killing off its main characters, so it’s likely that a few fan favorites will not make it to season five. Now AMC has released a new behind-the-scenes look at the back half of season four, with every character’s status still unknown.
The above video illustrates what The Walking Dead does best: pitting overwhelming odds against the determination to survive. Everyone in the group is on their own, but it’s only a matter of time before they find each other again. The mid-season premiere will feature Rick and Carl Grimes trying to find sanctuary after losing the prison and defeating The Governor. With Rick unable to protect his son, Carl now must help his father survive, while fighting off numerous zombie threats.
The title of the mid-season premiere (or episode nine) is “After.” Executive producer and special effects wizard Greg Nicotero directed the episode, while The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman wrote it. Historically, the second half of each season feels completely different, with the series’ narrative going in a different direction from how it started. Season four should be no different, with the shows tone shifting to something bleaker, darker, and more intense. Here’s the plot synopsis for the next new episode:
Following the devastating events of the mid-season finale, Rick and the group are still reeling from the loss of their home, family, and friends. With the destruction of the prison, we see the group of survivors broken apart and sent on divergent paths, unsure of everyone else’s fate. What was a challenging life behind fences and walls grows that much more perilous and precious as they are exposed to new dangers, new enemies, and heartbreaking choices. They will have their faith thoroughly tested — a faith that breaks some of them and redeems others.
At the moment, there are a couple of mysteries and loose ends that are still looming over season four. Showrunner Scott Gimple assures fans that the time the season ends, everything will be resolved. We still have no idea who fed the zombies rats, what the mysterious message on the radio was, whether Tyreese will discover that Carol killed Karen, and what happened to baby Judith Grimes. We only have eight more episodes to find out.
Meanwhile, with Super Bowl XLVIII in full swing next Sunday, AMC is offering some counter-programming for those who are not football fans. The cable network will air a marathon of The Walking Dead. AMC is calling it The Zombie Bowl, and it will include every episode of seasons one and two. The festivities takes place on Sunday, February 2 at 10 AM EST. Nowadays, the Super Bowl is for everyone, regardless whether or not you like sports. Just watch the Big Game like everyone else. Sorry AMC.
The Walking Dead returns for the rest of season four on February 9, 2014, on AMC. the latest teaser trailer below.