The mid-season finale for "The Walking Dead" was explosive and most viewers were happy with the result. There was also some sadness about the loss of a favorite character. So, what will happen when the show returns in February 2014? According to a Dec. 2 report by Wet Paint, fans should expect a "controversial" episode in the second half of the season.
Warning: If you do not want to know "The Walking Dead" season 4 spoilers, then stop reading.
The prison is gone and the group fled after the Governor's attack, but they went in separate directions. They are now separated but will they be able to meet up again? On the mid-season finale it seem that there was some advance planning. The girl who was carrying baby Judith in her car seat told the other girls that they were told if anything were to happen, to put Judy on the bus. The baby is presumed dead, but there is a strong possibility that she could be alive because her car seat straps were unbuckled... not ripped apart or torn. If them going on the bus was a plan they made in advance, then chances are they also made a plan to meet somewhere if they had to leave the prison.
In the comic books that place was Hershel's farm, but in season 3 it burned down. They could go back and try to make it into a safe zone again, but that would require some work. They could also use an empty house as their new home. In a sneak peek of "The Walking Dead" season 4, episode 9, there are two zombies at a white door on a house. The home seems to be out in the country, not in a city. Carl lures the zombies away from the home. There is another scene that shows Rick busting in the door holding a gun in one hand and a flashlight in the other. Are they looking for supplies, food or someplace to stay?
Video clips show Rick looking at his bloody face in a mirror and Carl screaming for someone to wake up, who is assumed to be his father. If they are doing these things, then they are in a building of some sort, even a house.
The "controversial" episode may have something to do with what happened in the comic books after the the prison assault. "The Walking Dead" wikia states,
"While wandering the area, and after an attack by two Zombies, Carl and Rick then took refuge in an abandoned house, and after a brief encounter with another three Zombies, Carl was led under the impression that he could defend himself from now on, and even blamed his father for his mother and sister's deaths. However afterwards he realized he needed his dad still and was scared without him. When on the move again, heading back to Hershel's farm, Carl was rescued by Michonne who had also survived the prison and informs the duo that she was tracking someone from the prison. After traveling further and then reuniting with Maggie and Glenn, Carl is reunited with Sophia and the surviving members of the prison that had left prior to the Governor's second attack. One morning Carl is woken by a shot and seeing the new arrivals Abraham Ford, Rosita Espinosa, and Eugene Porter who bring hope that society has not crumbled, Carl along with the remaining survivors and the arrivals, proceed to take the long journey to Washington DC."
Some things in the comic books will not happen because they are not possible, like being reunited with Sophia, who turned into a walker. But other things could happen. The statement that Carl and Rick staying in an abandoned house makes sense since a sneak peek shows Rick bursting the door in of an old house.
Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick on the show told Yahoo,
"You haven't even seen the half of it yet. The back eight is more radical than ever before. It's almost a tale of two seasons. It really is that radical, the difference between the first eight and the back eight.”
“And really, trust me, I think that three of the strongest episodes we've done this season are yet to come. Probably four. There are two episodes that I absolutely adore in the back eight, one of which I think is going to be the most controversial episode that we've probably ever been involved in, and that's saying something. [Laughs]”
As for what is next now that the Governor is gone, a new enemy could be on the horizon. In the comic books there is someone that as one fan says,
"... will make the Governor look like Prince Charming."
The Stir reported that this person could be Negan, who is far more violent than the Governor ever was and he does horrible things to survivors.
So what is in store for episode 9? Robert Kirkman told AMC,
"Episode 9 will probably be the episode that’s closest to a direct adaptation from the comic book aside from the premiere episode."