The Walking Dead season 4 has two more episodes left, airing this Sunday and the next. And season 5 won’t be premiering until October. People are wondering who, if anyone, dies, and what else is going to happen.
Here’s six things we know already
Much of the Group Will Meet Back Up
One of the casting calls for season 5 says that the season “begins with Rick and the group heading to Washington, D.C., where they meet new danger and a new enemy.” It also says that “Once again, Rick must do whatever it takes to keep the rest of the group safe.”
That, to me, indicates that all of the major characters will be meeting back up by the end of the season. Whoever doesn’t get killed will go with Rick.
No One’s Safe Outside Rick and Carl
There’s a lot of rumors about at least one major death before the end of the season. Since Rick is already confirmed in season 5, he seems safe, along with Carl. Some people say that Daryl is also safe but comic creator Robert Kirkman, who is an executive producer on the show, said on Wednesday in a Reddit Q & A that that’s not true.
He was asked how popularity impacts the survival of characters. “In my opinion, I feel like characters ripen like fruit. So while I wouldn’t say the more popular a character is the more likely they are to die, they do have to reach a certain level of popularity before they’ve ‘earned’ the death,” he said. “No character is too popular to die. (Suck it, [Norman] Reedus!)” Lauren Cohan (Maggie) recently said she thinks about her character dying, but she can’t entertain the thought. “It’s nice because…any death that happens definitely leads to greater story. The death of Hershel has been the saddest death for me … but it’s going to now propel so much huge story. It doesn’t change the fact that it absolutely sucks, but it does propel so much of the story.”
The Governor May Be Back
The Governor is almost surely dead after getting stabbed by Michonne and shot by Lilly but David Morrissey told the Press Association that his character may return.
“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.” He will likely appear in some kind of flashback scenario.
Another New Character Will be Introduced
The guys Daryl met seem like smaller players as compared to, say, the more major characters of Abraham, Rosita, and Eugene.
There’s another one of those who will appear in at least one of the remaining two episodes, called Gareth (played by Andrew J. West of “Greek). Gareth is not from the comics but sources told The Hollywood Reporter that he is a remix of sorts of an unidentified character from the series. Gareth is pegged as an important character.
Recurring Characters Who Aren’t Killed Will Likely Be in Season 5
West has the option to get promoted to a series regular in season 5–and so do Abraham, Rosita, Eugene, and Tara, if they don’t get killed.
The trio led by Abraham appear most likely to be promoted since Rick and the group will be headed to DC in season 5. Then again, one or even two of the trio could get killed.
Details Aren’t Clear But the Episodes Will be Intense
Producer Gale Hurd indicated to E! News that the last two episodes will be super intense. “The world of The Walking Dead is all about human choices, about what one has to do to survive, and how much each character is willing to sacrifice and compromise their humanity,” she said. “And we will really see certain characters pushed to their limit — in a way the way that Carol was — in these final two episodes.
Showrunner Scott Gimple added that in both episodes there are “some insane things” and ” some tragic things” that are going to happen. “There are some things that happen that are hopeful. And there is just some remarkably dark stuff. And stories crashing together,” he said. Kirkman added that Rick will be pushed to his absolute limit. “And it’s always a question of how much can you come back from those moments, and those choices,” Hurd said. “And that’s where season 5 will take us.”