Season 4 of The Walking Dead hits the home video market later this month—on August 26 to be precise—and the Anchor Bay product is sure to full of extras and bonus materials (you can even get the sweet special edition Blu-ray with unique “Tree Walker” packaging designed by McFarlane Toys). If you just can’t wait until then, here’s a new deleted scene from season 4 that features Michonne (Danai Gurira) and a back-from-the-dead Hershel (Scott Wilson).
This scene, which appeared over at EW, comes from near the end of the first half of the season, when the Governor (David Morrissey) is plotting his full frontal assault on the prison where Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and company are holed up. Set between the time when the former Woodbury despot kidnaps Michonne and Hershel, you understand why this was cut, but it does provide a nice glimpse of what they went through while in his nefarious clutches. We know how all of this ends, with the prison in ruins and Hershel’s severed head rolling around on the ground. It’s a bummer all around.
The two episodes where the Governor makes his come back are by far, the weakest in the season. Overall, the first half of the season feels like incoming showrunner Scott Gimple and crew taking care of old business left over from the previous administration. They’re still an improvement from the previous season, but it’s the final eight episodes where they really hit their stride and deliver the best sustained arc of the entire series.
Check out the DVD trailer for season 4:
Season 5 of AMC’s hit zombie drama returns to the network on Sunday, October 12. Given the cliffhanger nature of the season 4 finale, they’re not going to be able to leave a gap in events like the show has done in the past. We’ve been told that they’re going to hit the ground running, and at San Diego Comic-Con last month we learned that the opening scene is so shocking that it even surprised members of the cast and crew who filmed the damn thing. If that’s true, this should be something to behold.
Season 5 promises to be an interesting adventure for fans of the show and the comics. We’ve heard that the continuing arc will follow stories from Robert Kirkman’s comics, though with the requisite twists and tweaks so things don’t get too familiar. If you haven’t already, check out the intense season 5 trailer that hints at the things to come.