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'The Walking Dead' season 4: Andrew Lincoln talks about 'their family dying'

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Just one more week and the second half of "The Walking Dead" season 4 will finally air and fans couldn't be more excited. It seems that each season has brought different struggles and different triumphs, but the last thing that viewers saw was the prison attack and the group being separated from one another. Baby Judith is presumed dead, although there is speculation that she is still alive and sneak peek clips have shown Rick Grimes to not be in very good shape. On Jan 31, Entertainment Weekly published an interview with actor Andrew Lincoln about what fans can expect when the show returns.

Warning: If you do not want to know "The Walking Dead" season 4 spoilers, then stop reading.

When Andrew Lincoln was asked about what to expect in the second half of season 4, he said that it is very character-driven and soulful. Everyone is out in the world alone and is a lot more vulnerable. He also said,

"And also because they’re apart from each other you realize that without each other their family is dying. It’s almost like vignettes; it’s like character studies in all of the characters. The underpinning of all of this is the great hope they can find each other again."

Instead of the group stories that "The Walking Dead" fans are used to, with everyone spread out and on their own there are going to be a lot of smaller group stories, which will really give viewers a chance to get to know the characters on a deeper level. They will learn their backstories, histories and what makes them tick.

As far as baby Judith is concerned, Lincoln said,

"She’s gone. I think, as you’ve seen in the episode, she’s gone. That’s it. That’s the feeling for Rick and Carl."

While many readers focused on him saying "she's gone," it is important to look at the second part of his statement. He said that Rick and Carl feel that (baby Judith) is gone. That is understandable as they saw her bloody car seat, they couldn't assume anything else. However, fans think there is a pretty good chance that she is actually alive. Yes, Rick and Carl think she is gone and are going to go through the grieving and emotions and emptiness, but that doesn't mean that she is truly gone. By the end of season 4, she could reappear, bringing a ray of hope to their lives.

The loss of the prison and baby Judith isn't going to be the only things that will plague Rick. In episode 9, viewers will see him truly frightened, not just for himself but also for his son, Carl. He explained,

"He’s frightened not for himself but for his son because he’s weak. He’s very, very weak and that makes him belligerent and aggressively challenging towards his son because he’s scared. So he’s physically weak, spiritually he’s lost, mentally he doesn’t quite know where to begin because he’s just seeing his home demolished. He’s in the worst place he’s been."

"The Walking Dead" season 4 returns to AMC on Feb. 9.

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