Robert Kirkman Teases The Conclusion Of THE WALKING DEAD Season 4

Robert Kirkman compares the progression of the first-half of the The Walking Dead season 4 to the back-half, which starts with the mid-season premiere on February 9 on AMC. Mild Spoilers

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By Mark Julian - 1/8/2014
Robert Kirkman spoke with TV Guide about where things begin when The Walking Dead season 4 returns in February on AMC. The site reports:

With Carl and Rick out on their own, things will be looking pretty bleak when the show returns. But executive producer Robert Kirkman teases a happy ending. "We started the season pretty hopeful and pretty optimistic," he says. "We'll open our last half of the season pretty bleak and we'll move them to something a little more hopeful by the end." Does this mean that Alexandria is on the horizon?


Will the show find another safe place before season's end? And what will occur with the other members of Rick's (Andrew Lincoln) group in their time of separation? There's currently no shortage of questions on The Walking Dead, but hopefully we'll get some of them answered in the mid-season premiere which airs February 9 on AMC.


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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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COREYxYEROC - 1/8/2014, 4:50 AM
the show is shit....
TonyMasters - 1/8/2014, 4:51 AM
Interesting... Can't wait for this...
MightyZeus - 1/8/2014, 4:59 AM
I wonder how season four will end on a hopeful note and i wonder what would be the bleak scenario after the prison was attack? Maybe the bleak part is a character getting killed off. Hopefully not Rick, Carl or Michonne.
Kurne - 1/8/2014, 5:11 AM
Lord Carl/Chandler Riggs is ruining this show. Same with Lizzy and Mika - wtf do they have to be around? Out of all shows, The Walking Dead, an INTENDED drama show can't even cast roles properly. It's just terrible.

People were complaining about Season 2's slow pace - the season when quality acting still existed on the show, but are praising the hell out of these new characters that come out of nowhere (who are slowly killing TWD) and bad effects?


I never wanted to hate this show. The material just deserves a whole lot more.
McFarlaneFan - 1/8/2014, 5:12 AM
The most entertaining thing about the show is...trying to guess what will happen. The show itself is not that good.

Tajin88 - 1/8/2014, 5:14 AM
This means, Negan will not come before season 6.
Kurne - 1/8/2014, 5:22 AM
@McFarlaneFan - agreed.

Also wanted to point out that 5 minutes into the Telltale Walking Dead is better than this entire show.
McFarlaneFan - 1/8/2014, 5:36 AM
@Kurne The kid stories are holding the show back. And at times they make the show over the top. Like the scene of the teen girls callously killing real people and with such expertise in a crisis situation was totally over the top.
That's not how people act in real life. That's how they act in TV shows.
Even hardened war vets would not stand there in a badass pose, not caring about the chaos and danger all around them and just calmly shoot people, taking them out with one shot and not feel something.

Such poor scenes happen when writers write based upon TV and movies they've seen. So you get TV based on TV.

The show contradicts itself constantly and never seems to settle on just what the hell it is.
We have Rick VS The Governor done realistic, then Daryl acting all cool, action movie star and using a Walker to stop machine gun fire and throwing a grenade into a tank.
Cut back to some realistic scene then cut to kids killing people like 'Dirty Harry'. They should've just had Lizzie ask the woman she shot: "Do you feel lucky...punk?"
Kurne - 1/8/2014, 5:56 AM
@McFarlaneFan

LOL definitely agree with the mid-season finale disaster... That Rick/Governor fist fight was intense until they cut to Daryl's unbelievably-ridiculous stand against a horde of walkers, soldiers and a tank.

A TANK.

Funnily enough, out of all the cast members I'd have to say I'm most disappointed in Norman Reedus. The dude was fantastic in season 1 but eventually he just slipped into that "cool/rock star" state that both the writers and diehards (unfortunately) desired from him.
Kurne - 1/8/2014, 6:02 AM
@McFarlaneFan

But honestly dude it's not just the kids holding the show back. It's Kirkman.

Y'know I still remember when Kurt Sutter fired shots at AMC - I completely agreed with him. He mentioned how Kirkman can't even control the direction of his own material. I mean look, you could say that AMC are the ones making the bad calls, but from the sound of it Kirkman is just sitting around and letting everything go to shit.
charlie2094 - 1/8/2014, 6:04 AM
I think this means Washington, right? Last few episodes deal with Carl/Rick and after regrouping a few episodes in, deal with the Hunters. Have them meet Abraham and Eugene, and start on the road for Washington at the end.

Then focus Season 5 on Alexandria and then go to the hilltop a few episodes into Season 6, introduce Negan in Episode 8, the mid-season finale.
Kurne - 1/8/2014, 6:09 AM
@Charlie2094

Apparently Abe, Eugene and Rosita show up in ep 10. It's good because they're involvement with the group is one step closer to the hunters showing up sooner than expected :)
charlie2094 - 1/8/2014, 6:16 AM
@Kurne

Ah ok thanks, wasn't aware of that. That'd be cool to see, still imagine it'll end with them heading for Washington, with some hopeful speech from Rick as the sun sets and a wide shot camera pan reveals the road ahead :P Imagine they will skip/condense a lot of material from after the prison, and head into Alexandria quite quickly, but be great to seem handle the Hunters, could make a nice 2-3 episode arc
Tajin88 - 1/8/2014, 6:29 AM
@greenlanternsF

But I am ready, glenn has my permission to die. But of course they shouldn't skip storylines.
Until the end of this season, the group will look for eachother and try to survive and then we have the hunters to come.At the end, the group will go to washington.

Season 5 will deal with the Washington storyline and probably end with carls little accident.

Then, we finally will get negan in season 6 and lose glenn, if they stick to the plot this time, unlike the whole andrea bullshit.
Kurne - 1/8/2014, 6:30 AM
@Charlie2094

I honestly would prefer that they stay away from Alexandria for awhile. In the comics it took them what, 2 volumes to recover from the prison then end up in Alexandria? Turn those 2 volumes into the rest of this season and the first half of Season 5 then I'll be happy. They're time on the road was always more thrilling. From going back for Morgan to travelling to DC would be great to include in the show. The only problem is production-wise. They hunkered down at the farm and the prison for so long in S2 and S3 because The Walking Dead's budget was cut back in 2011 (if you remember).

Oh and man I can't wait for Abraham to appear... Michael Cudlitz is AMAZING.
teinen - 1/8/2014, 6:43 AM
Carl is fine, I don't get all te complaining. 1,000's of child actors that are far worse.
charlie2094 - 1/8/2014, 6:54 AM
@Kurne

Could see that, maybe reach Alexandria half way through Season 5 and introduce Negan sometime in Season 6...just assumed they were going to skip a lot of the material from their time on the road. Be great to see them pull Morgan back into it, have Rick remember him before heading for Washington, that'd be good to see for sure. Be great to see them cover the material from the between the prison and Alexandria, just really saw them wanting to see Alexandria up as the main location and focus for Season 5
McFarlaneFan - 1/8/2014, 7:26 AM
@Kurne I agree with every point you've made.

About the show, Is it Kirkman?? I'm not up on the producing staff. They've lost so many people I stopped trying to keep up.

Norman Reedus' Daryl went from a real life, foul mouthed, and interesting character to a PC correct bore.
The producers/show realized at some point Daryl became popular and the took away his flaws and turned him into just another action hero.
I also hate the way every character maintains certain hairstyles, clothing and looks so they can maintain what is now a commercialized image. That's a throw back to Bo n Luke wearing the same clothes for 7 years.

In a way Walking Dead had one Season. After that it became a commercialized version of season one that is simply based on Season One. Success and high ratings kill what is great about TV shows.
HeadPool420 - 1/8/2014, 8:22 AM
Typical tv show! Starts good then turns to shit!!!
IUsedToBeThecase - 1/8/2014, 8:24 AM
Zombies can't die, so they can walk in water
Brady1138 - 1/8/2014, 8:45 AM
It's gonna be like the comic...but not quite!
Logan5 - 1/8/2014, 9:37 AM
The number 1 show in America.
yonny616 - 1/8/2014, 2:14 PM
I loved TWD season 1, 2 was boring, 3 was half boring and half awesome, 4 seems to be the same shit as 3.
warburtron - 1/8/2014, 2:38 PM
i still watch it, could do with a new element thrown in for a bit of intrigue/ variety. The group of people vs group of people scenario with zombies in the middle is getting dull
jlabatman - 1/8/2014, 8:20 PM
Can't wait for it to come back on!

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