"The Walking Dead" is on hiatus and will return to the small screen on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 at 9:00 PM ET/PT on AMC. The episode will pick up where the show left off with the mid-season finale without any time jumps. The survivors will be homeless, low on supplies and would have just lost many of their companions. The mid-season finale of "The Walking Dead" featured the death of a long-time villain on the show: the Governor. With the Governor out of the picture, and the survivors becoming increasingly adept at warding off the zombies, fans have (rightfully) wondering who the next villain will be. Taking a cue from the comic books, one of the more popular theories is that Negan will be the new villain. The character the leader of a group of survivors called "The Saviors" and the ruthless villain's weapon of choice is a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire, which he affectionately calls Lucille. Here are 11 leaked details you should know about the second-half of the AMC-hit drama:
1. Rick will be in a bad place. "Not good is the short answer. There's always a new low. Whenever I see someone say, "Oh, Rick is at his low!" I'm like, really? Just wait. He's definitely in a bad place," said Robert Kirkman to Entertainment Weekly. "He and Carl are gonna be on their own for a bit. There's some pretty dark stuff on the road ahead. They're both in pretty bad shape. This will be the low for a while and then we'll find a new one later on, hopefully."
2. Maggie and Beth will change after Hershel's death. It's no surprise that Hershel's two daughters will be traumatized after, not only losing their father, but having to witness the Governor behead their father. "It helps define both of them into who they become and it affects them very deeply in this next half-season and beyond," said showrunner Scott Gimple to The Hollywood Reporter. "Hershel's death, the loss of the prison, civilization and everything they built up -- this has all been taken away from them, and they are moving into very uncharted emotional waters."
3. Baby Judith might be alive. While the blood carseat discovered by Rick and Carl suggests Judith is dead, it is important to note two things: there was no body and she was excluded from "The Talking Dead" memorial reel. "Well, she's not in that car seat. I mean, there might be some of her in that car seat, but you know, the majority of her is not there," said Kirkman to Entertainment Weekly. "That's another big unknown that we'll have to find out about when we come back. She could be dead. She could be maimed. She could be fine. We'll just have to find out."
4. Where will the survivors go? If you're looking at the comic books to find the answer, then know that the creative team of the show may not follow the comics. When asked about the next home of the survivors by The Hollywood Reporter, Gimple stated: "I can't say. If you know the comic, there are a lot of differences from the comic that we do and a lot of differences that we have to do. There's going to be a lot of familiar stuff, brand-new stuff and remixed stuff. There are some things where you will totally know them and hopefully be expecting them, and then there will be stuff that's brand-new that you have no idea if it's coming but it will circle around to moments from the comic. It's very much like these eight. Comic fans once again will absolutely see a lot of iconic moments."
5. There will be new characters introduced very soon. Dr. Eugene Porter, Rosita Espinosa, and Sgt. Abraham Ford will be introduced when the show returns. According to what Tricia Brock, who directed the episode in which the three characters are introduced, told the Columbia Daily Tribune, there will be four different storylines in their debut episode and the episode will be "very intimate." Espinosa's character has been described as a 20-something tough young woman. She will be the object of desire for Porter, but in a relationship with Ford.
6. Viewers will learn more about who fed the rats at the prison. Fans can recall that earlier this season, someone was feeding rats to the zombies and it was someone within the prison walls. The identity of this individual was not revealed, but it will be in the season to come. "We will absolutely find out more about the rats and the person who seemed to dissect that rabbit that Tyreese (Chad Coleman) found in the tombs before the Governor showed up," revealed Gimple.
7. Carol will be back by the end of the season after she was exiled by Rick earlier this season. Online speculation strongly supports the theory that Carol would have taken baby Judith away to save her life and this will help her seek redemption in Rick's eyes. With the return of Judith, Carol may also be introduced back into the show. "I hope that’s not the last of her, but you know the way this show is. I don’t know," teased actress Melissa McBride, who plays Carol, to Entertainment Weekly. "It’s unpredictable. The show is unpredictable. And we always think, well, if we don’t see them die on camera, there’s always a possibility. And then we do see them die on camera and sometimes they still come back, so who knows?" But Gimple had something more promising and concrete to offer: "She's going to appear sooner or later, but I can't say much. There is a bit of time from when we saw Merle (Michael Rooker) on the roof in Atlanta and when he rejoined the story. It could be a bit but could be a long bit, but she will return at some point. We might have flying cars at that point, but she will return."
8. Rick and Carl (and everyone in the group) are in danger. "Rick and Carl are out on their own, they're by themselves with no supplies and no sanctuary," teased Kirkman in a TVLine interview. "They're definitely in the most dangerous position that they've been in yet, which is where all of the characters are coming out of this episode. We do some really interesting changes in these characters as they're put to the test and have to decide what they're willing to do to survive and how they're going to allow this new environment and new danger to affect them, which is what The Walking Dead is all about."
9. Season 4 episode 9 of "The Walking Dead" will be identical to a comic. We've been hinting for a while that one episode in the current season will be almost verbatim from a comic strip, and it has been revealed that episode 9 will be the one. "Episode 9 will probably be the episode that's closest to a direct adaptation from the comic book aside from the premiere episode," said Kirkman. "It's been a lot of fun for me working on them because I'm basically just rewriting something I've already written, which means I get to go back in and go, 'Woah, what'd you do there? Let's fix that.'"
10. Gareth will be introduced, and there will be a twist. The character, played by actor Andrew J. West according to The Hollywood Reporter, will make his debut in season 4 as a "guest star" and will be a series regular in the upcoming fifth season. What's more, everything surrounding Gareth is being kept hush-hush. In fact, Kirkman strongly stayed mum on the issue when asked by TVLine, stating: "I can tell you nothing about him." What makes this character so unique is that he is essentially a mixture of many unidentified characters from the original comics and does not exist in the Image/Skybound series. Translation: He's a wild card and you cannot predict (or research) his character's motives, decisions or persona.
11. Carl will save the day. "[Carl] does something this season....Man. Episode 9 is his episode. It's so cool," said actor Andrew Lincoln in an interview. Reportedly, episode 9 will be Carl's episode. No details have emerged regarding how Carl will save the day, but Lincoln and the creative team have repeatedly asserted that Carl will be the center of the episode.