The Walking Dead has been off the air with new episodes since the mid-season finale “Too Far Gone” in early December. While we have about a month until the zombie series returns to AMC, new developments hint at the direction of the remaining eight episodes of season four. The cable network released a new teaser poster that gives you an idea what the remainder of the season could look like.
Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) is usually at the center of The Walking Dead posters. In season one, we saw him riding a horse into a deserted Atlanta, while season two found him running towards a farm. In season three, Rick shot a gun with a prison in the background, while in season four he emerged from the safety of the prison’s fences. Now for the mid-way point of season four, we see a new poster with his son, Carl (Chandler Riggs), front and center with his father roaming in the background, playing on the railroad tracks. We’ve heard rumors that at least one episode of the remaining eight in season four will focus solely on Carl.
After the events at the prison, Rick and Carl are separated from the rest of the group, wandering the wilderness alone. They now have to band together to fight and kill terrible zombies, and maybe other things. The next few episodes will most likely be more character centric, rather than plot heavy. While a Carl-centric episode might sound off-putting at first, it does give The Walking Dead an opportunity to do something different, instead of bogging down in more of the same. It’s going to be interesting to see how the rest of the season unfolds after that explosive and intense mid-season finale.
There were some rumors that suggest that Carl would get his own stand-alone episode after The Walking Dead returns from mid-season hiatus. According to an interview with Lincoln, Riggs did a magnificent job in one particular episode. Apparently, the young actor will surprise audiences and fans of the AMC’s hit horror drama. There are definitely going to be some low-key episodes with only Rick and Carl at the center, but it should make for some interesting television nevertheless.
As a character, Carl has grown more than anyone else on The Walking Dead. Not only in stature, but also maturity wise and psychologically. There were some haunting moments between Carl and the rest of the group. While Rick is at the front and center of The Walking Dead, his son has developed into one of the series’ most interesting characters. Just take the end of the season three finale, when Carl killed the kid from Woodbury after he surrendered. If Rick issn’t careful, Carl could’ve ended up being a real psychopath. Rick even decided to step down as the group’s leader just so he could keep a fatherly-eye on his son. Has Carl changed his ways, or will his murderous streak continue in season four?
The Walking Dead returns for the rest of season four on February 9, 2014 on AMC.