Robert Kirkman On THE WALKING DEAD Season 4 Mid-Season Finale

Comic book creator Robert Kirkman discusses the explosive mid-season finale of The Walking Dead Season 4 which garnered 12 million viewers. At the very least, you have to admit A LOT happened this past episode. Mid-Season Finale Spoilers

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By Mark Julian - 12/3/2013
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What a mid-season finale, eh? Series creator Robert Kirkman who is also an executive producer and writer on AMC's The Walking Dead spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the shocking events and the loss of Hershel (Scott Wilson). Said Kirkman, "[Hershel] was the moral compass of the group and it’s always good to lose the moral compass. It will all become clear when we finally show you the back half of season 4. It wasn’t enough for these characters to lose the prison. They also had to feel some kind of loss over something important and Hershel was that thing that was important to each and every character, so it made the most sense to take him off the table and see how it affects the characters, which we’ll see when we come back in a bit. So there’s a lot of cool stuff ahead because of that."

Kirkman also answers the question of why The Governor (David Morrisey) puts the sword through Hershel and not Michonne (Danai Gurira) given that he should have more hate for her than the placid farmer. "Well, there’s two things: I don’t think he knew that things were going to spiral out of control the way they did right after he killed Hershel so it’s entirely possible that he had a much more horrible plan for Michonne," said Kirkman. He continued, "But two, because of that exchange between Hershel and the Governor in the trailer, and because of Rick’s comments mirroring a lot of what Hershel said, I think the Governor got the sense that this was the guy that was advising Rick and kind of represented the whole “we can all live together in harmony” attitude, and that’s the guy you want to take off the table just to show this is not what’s happening. I’m going to take this prison."

And with The Prison's collapse, what's coming next on the show? "It’s pretty emotional. I definitely do have some pieces from that place that I pocketed as we were tearing it down, so it’s a big deal," said Kirkman on saying goodbye to the shooting location. He added, "But The Walking Dead moves on. That’s what we do. We didn’t stay at the farm. We’re not staying at the prison. We’re always going to be going to new and cool and interesting dangerous places." And moving forward, is there a meetup location for everyone to gather like there was in Season 2 after the group had to vacate the farm? "I would not expect the group to be getting reunited as quickly as they did at the end of season 2. Or possibly ever. So there’s definitely a lot of unknowns going into the back half of this season. We’ll just have to see if they come together It’s entirely possible that there will be some parts of that group that just don’t quite make it back."

The Walking Dead will return in February.

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"The Walking Dead, the most watched drama in basic cable history, will return for a sixteen episode fourth season on October 13, 2013.

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard and published by Image Comics, The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson, Melissa McBride, David Morrissey, Chad Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green and Danai Gurira . The series is executive produced by Kirkman, Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotero, and Gale Anne Hurd."


Running Time: 60 minutes (45 min actual air time)
Release Date: October 2013 (Season 4-premiere)
TV Rating: TV-MA for sex & nudity, violence & gore, profanity, alchohol/drugs/smoking and frightening/intense scenes
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, David Morrissey,Chad Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Emily Kinney, Norman Reedus
Creators: Frank Darabont (show) Robert Kirkman (comic)
Written by: Frank Darabont, Charles H. Eglee, Jack LoGiudice, Robert Kirkman, Glen Mazzara, Adam Fierro, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore, Evan T. Reilly
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charlie2094 - 12/3/2013, 8:54 AM
I thought it made sense for Governor to kill Hershel, even though it was Michonne he really wanted dead. Michonne wouldn't have had half the impact either, Hershel was definitely the best choice I think

Loved the mid-season finale, looking forward to what they do next, just hope they don't dive straight into Negan just to have another big villain, I'd say Season 6 for him. Season 4 has been great so far imo, think the next half should be great too
TheShakeBake - 12/3/2013, 9:15 AM
Things I loved about last night's episode:

1. Using the tank and having the iconic line from the Governor " Kill them all."

2. Hershel being killed by the samurai sword like Tyresse died in the comics.

I'm fine with changes from the tv show to the comic, but please keep these memorable scenes that are a toast to the fans in the comic!
Shadowelfz - 12/3/2013, 9:25 AM
Agreed I loved last nights episode. At first I was hoping for a little more of a build up to the moment the Governer attacks but, in a zombie apocalypse, things like that happen in the blink of an eye, and whatever security you may think you have can vanish just as quick. Its real, raw and true to the story.

Also he killed Hershal because Michonne is too popular and iconic. It worked better that way anyways.
Lizardking310 - 12/3/2013, 9:25 AM
Funny how the best episode on this show is the one that was closet to the comic! Can Kirkman finnally be adapting his book??!!!
DurtyTalynt - 12/3/2013, 9:28 AM
Season was good until the governors epsidoes. Hope it gets better.
polarkyle - 12/3/2013, 9:31 AM
Is it just me but I really didn't like it that they had michonne pretty much kill the governor, i mean she already caused him so much pain. I wouldn't preferred maybe they someone else like rick or daryl weaken him then leave him for the walkers
BigeBigzWells - 12/3/2013, 10:08 AM
If I were to have my ideal death for the Governor, I would make a load of the characters have a go at him. Right when he's beating the crap out of Rick I would make him stand up over him, and you see two arrows pierce his legs, and you see Daryl. Then Maggie would shoot him in his arm or something before he could hurt Rick. Then Michonne comes in and stabs him through the chest and leaves him to die. And instead of Lily delivering the final blow, it would be Rick.
TheOnlyFanOfSentry - 12/3/2013, 10:36 AM
next half of season 4 cannibals & Abraham's group. end of S4 tease the sanctuary place thing. S5 sanctuary place thing with nod's to Negan and the saviors, then end of S5 - issue 100 happens(reference there guys) S6.... All Out War. just my vision.
fortycals - 12/3/2013, 10:48 AM
@batz11
I used to like the mall idea, but there are plenty of negatives depending on the mall. I would argue that there are too many entrances to worry about spending on the size of the group. Especially if the mall had glass store fronts and doors. They also tend to be in populated areas, so that means more zombies. Also while there are plenty of supplies, those supplies are finite and will only lady so long. It would make a good temporary stop but eventually you would have to leave.

My idea also was born of dawn of the dead. I live fairly close to the Atlantic. I would Jack a boat and make my way to a oil rig not a Island. You would have access to a renewable food/water source. You would have access to very limited medical supplies. Once you clear it of zombies it stays clear. Easily defendable from other people.
Pony - 12/3/2013, 11:14 AM
@ Batz11 and Fortycals...

I think the perfect place would be a Hardware store like a Home Depot or Lowe's. It's made of brick and concrete with very few entrances. they all have a iron and brick fences for their garden centers so you could use all of their soil to turn that into a farm because all of those stores carry seed. and they have every conceivable supply and tool that you could need to fortify the place.

Damn! when it all goes down I just gave my idea away. lol.

it was a great show! I can't wait for the second half.
Starlight - 12/3/2013, 11:25 AM
@batz11 - yeap, though while some of those thinks would definitely work (like the barricades and exits/entrances), I don't think other owuld; not much food left at a Shopping mall at this point of the outbreak, probably the FIRST place to look for along with supermarkets... :(
Canon108 - 12/3/2013, 12:08 PM
They need to find an island and fortify that...
Canon108 - 12/3/2013, 12:09 PM
But I think it's clear that the Alexandria Safe Zone, and Washington are next...
fortycals - 12/3/2013, 12:12 PM
@pony
I do like that idea. I just still wouldn't want to be in populated areas. Not just for zombie reasons but people to. That is a place where people would loot early on though. But thats still a great idea though. If you could get there early with a good group of people, you could lock it down and be set for a long time.
CyberBishop - 12/3/2013, 1:44 PM
I agree with canon108, I wonder if it will be in the second half of this season or will this season end with them getting to alexandrea?
Pony - 12/3/2013, 3:51 PM
That's what is so great about a hardware store. They have everything. Most carry food and water too, and if you had to get some barrels on the roof to collect rain water then use some sand, charcoal, and some netting to filter it. and if you're from the Midwest take over a Menards Hardware they have a mini grocery store inside.

I thought about this way too much. lol!
MightyZeus - 12/3/2013, 11:58 PM
I think it was appropriate for The Governor to kill Hershel than it was Michonne. It just seemed as if Hershel's time was up plus it wouldn't be satisfying if Michonne had never got her revenge against the Governor as in stabbing him and leaving him to suffer and turn into a walker.

The Mid Season Finale of The Walking Dead was brilliant i thought it was amazing. I'm glad Tyrese and the rest of the main character's have survived except for Judith. I'm really looking forward to the continuation of Season 4 and to see where it goes because so far Season 4 has been amazing.

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