It’s the end of the line for our friends on “The Walking Dead.” On Sunday, March 30, our favorite AMC series will be airing its Season 4 finale. And according to Robert Kirkman, this is one episode you do not want to miss.
“Honestly, people are going to be talking about this one. The cliffhanger at the end of Season 4 will make the wait between the seasons 4 and 5 the hardest wait we've ever had. Enjoy!” the creator of the comics teased, adding that episode 16 would be “savage.”
On that note, we decided to do some research, attempting to figure out what drama would be occurring when the remaining survivors of “The Walking Dead” finally make their way to Terminus. Terminus is an alleged safe haven that claims “all who arrive, survive.” But like Sasha, we think anything that sounds too good to be true probably is.
According to spoilers, fans should expect Rick to come face-to-face with “sheer brutality” when multiple paths collide in “A.” Originally, we thought this meant Rick would be facing Joe and his men, the group our protagonist met in episode 11. During “Claimed,” Rick was forced to kill a member of Joe’s crew in order to escape the rowdy invaders. Carl’s dad left the dead man in the house to reanimate, which lead to a distraction. Rick then was able to make his way out of the home. Since the debacle, Joe’s group has been tracking down the man who killed their friend, assuming he’s headed to Terminus. On their journey for vengeance, they come across Daryl, who has now joined their pack.
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Promotional videos prove that Joe will be making an appearance in the Season 4 finale. We just don’t know if he’ll be the “sheer brutality” Rick comes across. The reason we're saying this is because rumors have been circulating that cannibals will be making their debut in the final episode of Season 4. If we’re on the same timeline as Kirkman’s comic book series, now is when The Hunters would be introduced.
The Hunters is a group made up of six people; Chris (the leader), Theresa, Albert, David, Greg and Charlie. These individuals have managed to survive by eating human flesh. As if Rick didn’t have enough on his plate with the undead wanting to bite into his arm, now he has to watch his back so that humans don’t stick a knife in it -- literally. According to the comics, The Hunters originally survived on normal food supplies when the apocalypse began. But after running out of things to eat and learning that their hunting skills weren’t up to par, the group realized they’d have to stalk easier prey: humans.
The Hunters revealed they ate their children to stay alive, like a bear does to avoid starvation. After sucking the final piece of meat off their young’s bone, The Hunter sought out loners and small groups to attack.
We understand the AMC series doesn’t follow the comics exactly, but “The Walking Dead” has done a pretty great job at staying true to Kirkman’s work.
So, what does that cast have to say about the Season 4 finale? Norman Reedus, who plays the lovable Daryl Dixon, confessed that “A” will be a “very ambitious” episode.
“They went big with it,” he confessed.
Other cast members of the series have hinted they aren’t exactly comfortable with the idea of a “safe haven” in the zombie apocalypse either.
“We should always be concerned that anything that sounds too good to be true probably is,” Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie, told Us Weekly. “[But] this is way too big for any of us to ignore that train tracks leading to something that could be a sanctuary.”
Steven Yeun added that Terminus “might be a bad idea” but that the group has no other option but to remain hopeful. Although Terminus could be another Woodbury, it just might be the last piece of the puzzle that brings the former prison group together. We know everyone who survived is on their way to the rumored refuge. Perhaps their numbers can help them survive whatever horror awaits for them there.
We know two new characters will be introduced in episode 16; Mary and a man we meet in the promo. Could these be members of the cannibal group? Although the name Mary hasn’t been correlated with the flesh eaters in the comics, we’re not ruling her out. Something about her is suspicious. What do you think?
Watch the Season 4 finale of "The Walking Dead" when it airs on AMC on March 30 at 9 p.m. EDT. Let us know your predictions for episode 16 in the comments section below.