The jaw-dropping mid-season finale of "The Walking Dead" was the episode that fans were waiting for--there was drama, there was fighting and there was closure. The episode saw Hershel being decapitated by The Governor, and the Governor meeting his death. But all may not be how it seems with the Governor's death. "Something happened to him. I feel like a shady politician where I can't confirm and I can't deny anything," said actor David Morrissey to the Press Association. "Certainly, bad things befell him at the end of the last episode but we just have to wait and see." While Morrissey's interview was cryptic, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd seems convinced that the Governor is gone. "That was a head shot! Lilly shot him," Hurd says to Zap2It.
When the show returns, the survivors will be forced to leave the prison and find a new 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." And if you think the comics will give you a hint as to where the survivors will go, think again! "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."
New characters will definitely be introduced in the new season and a major character will die. Dr. Eugene Porter, Rosita Espinosa, and Sgt. Abraham Ford will be introduced when the show returns. “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. 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."
With characters dying left and right, Bob Stookey's character will see more growth and development. “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.” Another character whose death seems ambiguous is baby Judith. While Rick and Carl stumbled upon her bloody carseat--and there was a lot of blood--it is important to note that there was no body. What's more, the character was exempt from the memorial reel of "The Talking Dead," hinting that perhaps baby Judith is alive. "There was a lot of blood in that car seat, I don't know," said Kirkman noncommittally, adding that her ambiguous fate was unclear but fans will find out in the remainder of the season what happened to Judith. "You'll have to tune in." "The Walking Dead" returns to AMC on Feb. 9 at 9 p.m.