[TV] Producer Gives Details On Walking Dead's Second Half of Season Four
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.03.2013
Are the Governor and Judith dead?
Gale Anne Hurd recently spoke with Zap2It about the midseason finale of The Walking Dead, including what to expect when the show returns in February. Check out the highlights:
On the introduction of Abraham, Rosita and Eugene: "Our characters have split up. The Prison really has been completely overrun and destroyed this time. So we'll be with them on the road and on the run. They're bound to encounter new people, and certainly some of the people they'll encounter include Abraham, Eugene and Rosita."
On whether we'll ever see Hershel again: "I'm hoping! We do [flashbacks] rarely, but we have done it from time to time."
On whether the Governor is dead: "That was a head shot! Lilly shot him."
On whether Judith is dead: "First of all, I don't think you'd ever want to see a baby being killed. That's probably a line we won't cross. But at the same time, habeas corpus. We'll have to be just like them, wondering."
On the decision to kill Hershel: "It's one of those things where we never kill off a character willy nilly. Hershel really was the one character whose death will rI feel like I'm kinda out of information to give. And if it's "come help us deal with this" I'm gonna be like "resonate the most with everyone/ There's no one who didn't like Hershel. He had no enemies. He could be relied upon. Obviously his two daughters are bereft. He had a strong relationship not only with Rick and Carl but also with Glenn. There wasn't going to be someone we could kill off who would have the same level of impact, and there was no way that you could have a confrontation with the Governor and the group at the Prison without someone dying. That would have been a cheat."
On whether Daryl's near-death was meant to freak fans out: "It truly is not the intention to create sort of a fake out. It really is, 'If this were really going down, what would it be like?' And everyone has a close call."
On what comes next in Season 4: "Our characters are very much on the run, not as a group but split up, and they're all in jeopardy because -- as we've learned -- being on the road alone is a difficult and dangerous place to be. It will also give us an opportunity to get to know who they are and whether they have the will to survive. How much have they changed after this devastation and can they retain their humanity?"
On whether the rest of Season 4's storyline with follow the comics post-Prison assault: "We never follow completely. There's no way to, because we have characters that aren't in the comic books. There's simply no way, even if we wanted to, follow the comic books entirely."
On how having the group so split up will affect the show: "It's going to be quite different. In the past, people have been left behind. Like in Season 2, Andrea was left behind at the farm, left for dead, and she ended up encountering Michonne and then Woodbury. We have done somewhat similar things, but never have we had the core group so split up. That's a first for us."