“The Walking Dead” doesn’t return to AMC to finish season 4 until Sunday, Feb. 9. But that doesn’t mean that fans have to wait until then to find out what will happen next. Thanks to the comics, viewers can get an idea of the dangers that Rick and the gang may be facing in the future.
For those that don’t remember, the midseason finale, “Too Far Gone,” ended with the Governor and his army attacking the prison. The former safe haven for Rick’s group soon became overrun with walkers as the two batches of survivors fought a war that could have been avoided had they just agreed to live in peace together. By the time the episode concluded, almost a dozen survivors had lost their lives -- including Hershel and the Governor.
But even though the Governor was dead, the prison group was forced to run from the walker-ridden grounds. With an escape plan in place for such an emergency, things became complicated when the bus and supplies took off and left others behind.
Maggie and a still recovering Glenn were on the bus with a large number of the prison survivors. Daryl and Beth were forced to flee on foot after a failed search for the kids. Michonne appeared to have run off on her own after stabbing the Governor through the chest. Tyreese chased after Lizzie and the other young kids (who could possibly have baby Judith in their possession). And Rick and Carl were left to pick up the shattered pieces after discovering Judith’s empty carrier … filled with blood.
So, where will everyone be when “The Walking Dead” returns for episode 9? The promo video and comics give some interesting hints.
Rick And Carl
In the comics, Rick and Carl take refuge in an abandoned home -- something that the promo also teases. Having just lost Lori and baby Judith, Rick becomes ill and Carl is forced to take care of both of them.
While we’re sure that producers of the TV series will put their own twist on this, the promo video for new episodes shows Carl shaking his dad in what appears to be an abandoned home and telling him to wake up. A sneak peek video also shows Carl on his own trying to lure a walker (or walkers) in a direction.
Michonne wasn’t far away from Rick and Carl after the prison attack during the midseason finale, yet they still managed to get separated. The comics reveal that she tracked footprints, which lead her to Rick and Carl -- and in the nick of time because Carl was about to get attacked.
Perhaps the sneak peek video of Carl cuts out before his reunion with Michonne.
In the TV series, the group was forced to flee Hershel’s farm after a hoard walked through, and in the comics the fallen farm serves as a meet-up place for the separated survivors. It’s at Hershel’s farm that they meet new humans -- Abraham, Rosita and Dr. Eugene Porter.
The three new characters are confirmed to be making an appearance on the TV show. In the comics, Rosita and Abraham are protecting Dr. Eugene Porter, who claims that he has government information on how the zombie apocalypse started and needs to get to Washington, D.C. In reality, he's only a science teacher using the lie as a way to stay alive and protected. But everyone believes him and the two groups merge to head to D.C.
Unfortunately, “Walking Dead” fans can’t follow the comics exactly. As showrunner Scott Gimple told the Hollywood Reporter, the TV series is known to differ from written content. “There’s going to be a lot of familiar stuff, brand-new stuff and remixed stuff,” Gimple dished. “There are some things where you will totally know them and hopefully be expecting them, and then there will be some stuff that’s brand-new that you have no idea if it’s coming but it will circle around to moments from the comic … comic fans once again will absolutely see a lot of iconic moments.”
Season 4 of “The Walking Dead” returns to AMC on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 9 p.m. EST. What do you think will happen in the second half of the season? Let us know in the comments section or send a tweet to @AmandaTVScoop.
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