After a two-month hiatus, The Walking Dead will return this Sunday, February 9. There are only eight more episodes in season four before The Walking Dead goes on hiatus for the summer. It’s going to be interesting to see how everything shakes out for Rick Grimes and his group, which is now separated after the Governor’s attack on the prison. TV Guide dropped some plot details for what fans can expect from The Walking Dead‘s return, including a return for a character you wouldn’t expect.
It seems like David Morrissey and the Governor will return, in some form or another, sometime within the last eight episodes. We’ll also get a storyline that fans have been waiting for on the AMC TV series. Natalie Abrams from TV Guide writes:
Don’t expect to see too many familiar faces since Rick and Carl take center stage when the AMC drama returns. While Rick heals from his beating from The Governor — whom you will see again — Carl will lose something very important to him. (No, not his innocence!) In other news, it won’t be long before [Michonne’s backstory] is blown wide open.
First off, it’s unclear if the Governor survived the attack on the prison. It certainly seemed as if he was done for at the end of the mid-season finale. If the Governor does return, it might be in the form of flashbacks. Either way, The Walking Dead is not done with the Governor yet.
One of my favorite storylines from the Walking Dead comics is Michonne’s backstory. It’s a good and simple tale that features what happened before the zombie apocalypse. Her origins might surprise those who haven’t read the comics, but it’s really interesting to understand why Michonne is the way she is.
Furthermore, it seems like the writers of The Walking Dead should structure the series’ episodes like an episode of Lost. Have an episode focus on one person and show what their life was like before the zombie apocalypse. It’s a good way to explore character, which has been lacking throughout the series’ run. It’s also a way to keep an audience engaged with the story without making everything seem so miserable and dour. As long as the writers don’t pull a “Jack’s tattoo” episode, then I think everything would be fine.
AMC recently released new images and clips from this Sunday’s mid-season premiere episode, “After.” The images show Michonne with her new zombie pets, as well as her dispatching zombies with her badass samurai sword. The clip features Carl leading two zombies away from a house so he can take care of his father after the prison attack. Lastly, the series creator Robert Kirkman teased Walking Dead fans with the possibility that the comic book’s new villain, Negan, might appear on the show as well.
The Walking Dead returns for the rest of season four this Sunday night on February 9, 2014, on AMC.