"The Walking Dead" has been on hiatus after an action-packed mid-season hiatus and is slated to 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 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. Below are 15 things you need to know about the remainder of season 4 of "The Walking Dead."
1. The Governor is back? Lilly shot the Governor in mid-season finale of "The Walking Dead" but actor David Morrissey told the Press Association that his character may be back. "Something happened to him. I feel like a shady politician where I can't confirm and I can't deny anything," said Morrissey. "Certainly, bad things befell him at the end of the last episode but we just have to wait and see." The Governor has been confirmed to be back, but the real question is: Is he returning in a flashback or is he not dead? We're guessing the former.
2. Survivors look for a new home. The prison is, not surprisingly, no longer a safe space for the survivors and when the show returns, the characters will be looking for a new residence to call home. "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," teased Robert Kirkman in a TVLine interview. "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."
3. The show will continue making changes from the comics, while keeping iconic moments. "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," said showrunner Scott Gimple to The Hollywood Reporter. "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."
4. There will be new characters! Three new characters will be introduced when the show returns: Dr. Eugene Porter, Rosita Espinosa, and Sgt. Abraham Ford. “We’re introducing her into the show in a somewhat different way than in the comics. As we get deeper into season four you start to see some hints as to what we’re doing and why we’re bringing her in,” Kirkman reveals to SFX in an interview about Rosita Espinosa, who has been described as a 20-something tough young woman in a love triangle with Dr. Eugene Porter and Sgt. Abraham Ford.
5. There will be a death. Hold your hearts, as there will be another death of a cast member in the second half of season 4 of "The Walking Dead." Comicbook.com writes that a major character will meet his/her death in the second half of season 4: "We’ve got a pretty good indication of which cast member will be dying, and let’s just say it will be a real shocker. If what we believe is correct, then one of the main cast members who has not been killed in the comic book series will die during Season 4."
6. Baby Judith is alive. This may not be a spoiler, but it's an educated guess. While fans saw Rick and Carl discover a bloody carseat without Judith inside, there was no body confirming that Judith is, in fact, dead. And since Judith in the television series has lasted longer than the character in comic, the creative team of the show can really take her character's life span in any direction. Adding to the 'Judith is alive' theory is the fact that the baby was exempt from the "Talking Dead" memorial reel. "There was a lot of blood in that car seat, I don't know," said Kirkman in an interview. "You'll have to tune in."
7. Rick is in bad shape. Rick has been through a lot and his mental state will be not be ideal when the show returns, making his job as the leader questionable. "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," reveals 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."
8. Episode 9 will be identical to the comics. The cast and creative team of "The Walking Dead" havehinted for a while that there will be an episode that will be verbatim to the comics. But thus far, that episode has not been aired. The first episode back from the mid-season finale, episode 9, will be the episode. "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.'" The episode will focus on Carl Grimes.
9. Hershel's death will leave Maggie and Beth in a bad place. It's no surprise that Hershel's two daughters will be traumatized after seeing the Governor behead their father, Hershel. "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."
10. Fans will see more of Bob Stookey and get to know his character better. “He’s kind of a linchpin to a lot of the storytelling and a lot of the storylines that [happened] early in the season, and his role will kind of emerge," adds Kirman to SFX. "You’ll get a bigger picture of who he is and what he’s been up to this entire time.”
11. 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.
12. Carol will be back! Carol was exiled by Rick earlier this season for killing people in the group who were infected with the flu, and fans have been rallying with support, hoping that the character return. "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." 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.
13. Gareth will be introduced to the show. The character of Gareth, 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. Not surprisingly, 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.
14. 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.
15. Everyone is 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."