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The Walking Dead': Robert Kirkman says season finale will 'shock people'

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The season 4 finale of “The Walking dead” is a few days away and fans are chomping at the bit to find out what will happen. Robert Kirkman says the finale, episode 16, titled “A” will “shock people” according to a March 25 report on Entertainment Weekly.

Glenn, Maggie, Tara, Bob, Sasha, Abraham, Eugene, and Rosita all reached Terminus, a place brimming with flowers and crops growing. A woman named Mary offers them some food and life looks good. We’re still waiting for Carol and Tyreese, Daryl and his new buddies and the Rick, Carl and Michonne trio to arrive. Whatever happens, Kirkman says it will be intense and call come down to the group’s former leader, Rick.

“This last half of season 4 has been a character defining group of stories for everyone,” Kirkman tells EW, “but really, Rick Grimes — really finding what this guy is going to be able to do and how he is going to carry on, and is he going to get these people back together, and where is he going to go from here? And I think there are some big questions that are asked that are going to be answered in this final episode.”

Kirkman goes on to warn us, “This is Rick Grimes being pushed to his absolute limit. And if you think you’ve seen that before, you haven’t. And the Rick Grimes that comes out of this is really going to shock people.”

“We’re definitely going to being bringing things to another level,” promises Kirkman. “And the anticipation for the next season after this finale is unfortunately going to be a lot more heightened than it has been between any other season. So it’s going to be a rough summer for Walking Dead fans waiting for us to come back in the fall.”

Let’s review what we know going into the finale.

Beth Greene

Beth has been missing in action for a couple of episodes, ever since she was kidnapped by an unidentified group and driven off in a car. Will she be gone for a while and then reappear like Carol Peletier did? According to Lauren Cohen who plays Beth’s on-screen sister, Maggie, Beth’s worrisome storyline has no quick resolution. Executive prodder Greg Nicotero wouldn’t confirm whether or not Beth will be seen in the finale.

Daryl

Daryl seems to have adapted to his “outdoor cat” status. He has bonded with Joe and the rest of the marauders but just how deep that bond goes remains to be seen. While he knows the group is tracking someone that killed a member of the group, he has no clue it is Rick. The 2 groups are likely to meet in the finale and the confrontation is likely to be brutal. Which side will Daryl end up on?

Rick

As noted by Robert Kirkman, Rick is in for a tough time in the season 4 finale of ‘The Walking Dead.” Given all he’s been through, it is hard to imagine what else could happen to push him to his limit.

Someone is going to die

It wouldn’t be a ‘Walking Dead’ finale without a death. The question is who will it be? Rumors suggest Beth may already be dead but there is no proof so far. Bob Stookey is haunted by the fact that he is always the last man standing in every group he joins. His death could bring that to an end. Carol could end up sacrificing herself for the sake of the group. She’s made it clear the good of the group always comes first, to her. Sasha really hasn’t had much of a chance to make an emotional connection with fans and big finale deaths are usually meant to have a serious impact so she may be safe. It’s not likely to be Rick but then again…

Cliffhanger

According to Kirkman’s comments above, it looks like the season will end with a cliffhanger, not something TWD usually does. Does it mean one or more of the characters will be left in peril? Will some new threat be introduced? We won’t find out until October but it’s fun to wonder.

“The Walking Dead” season 4 finale airs Sunday, March 30, at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

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