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It was confirmed on December 21, 2012, that AMC had renewed The Walking Dead for Season 4. Production of the season started on May 6, 2013, and consists of 16 episodes, with new showrunner Scott Gimple taking over from Glen Mazzara.
Some time has passed at the prison and Rick has stepped down from being the sole leader to do some farming while a few of his friends form a council to run things. More people joined the community and it thrives and new relationships are formed such as Tyreese and Karen becoming lovers. However, it is not without secrets. Carol has been teaching the children how to use weapon in the event of an attack, Michonne continues to look for The Governor who escaped last season, and the group notices dead animals by the perimeters of the fence which is attracting Walkers.
Meanwhile, Rick is checking the traps when he encounters Clara. She asks if he is with a group and begs him to take her and her husband. Rick tells her that if they answer three questions to his satisfaction, he will. When reach her camp, she tries to kill him to feed her zombified husband. When she fails, she stabs herself and Ricks his questions to her as she dies.
After a walker attack in the prison, the group discover that some of the community died and were not bit when they became Walkers. They discover they died from disease and that it came from the sick pigs Rick found last episode. Some of the casualties of the attack include Ryan Samuels, father to Lizzie and Mika, and Patrick who had become good friends with Carl.
The group try to contain the flu from spreading but Karen and another person, David, are showing symptoms. They decide to kill the pigs while also using them to drive the walkers away from the fences. Rick also destroys the pigpen and his shirt to with a fire pit to kill of the germs.
Tyreese is seen going to Karen's isolated cell when he notices a trial of blood and burnt bodies outside the tombs.
Tyreese is in a rage over Karen’s horrid demise and demands Rick find out who did it and bring them to him. While trying to calm him down, Rick and Tyreese get into a brawl which end with Rick brutally beating his face. Daryl eventually pulls Rick off Tyreese before it goes any further.
Despite Karen and David’s deaths, the flu still manages to infect more people such as Sasha and Glenn. Hershel volunteers to be in the quarantined section of the prison to tend to the sick despite his daughters objections.
Daryl, Michonne and Bob go on a supply run for medicine and convince Tyreese to go to get his mind off the events of the morning. They hear a voice on the radio and can’t quite make it out which leads to them crashing and fighting of Walkers to escape.
As Rick searches for the murderer, he saves Carol from Walkers while she is fixing the water hose. As she walks away, Rick tells Carol that he's noticed how far she'd go to protect the group of survivors. He then asks her if she killed Karen and David: after a moment, she responds to him: "yes.”
Rick and Carol go on a run where they continue to discuss her actions at the prison until they encounter Sam and Ana. After asking the standard questions, the young couple offer their services to find food, Carol and Rick find the body of Ana and Sam nowhere in sight. After the incident, Rick exiles Carol out of distrust of her as well for own safety from Tyreese.
Daryl and his supply-group continue their search and find the veterinary college where the meds are. While there, they discover Bob has a liquor bottle and nearly threatens to shoot Daryl for taking it until Tyreese breaks it up. Daryl tells him not to take a sip until they get back to the prison.
Inside A Block, things begin to worsen as Hershel’s assistant succumbs to the flu and other people continue to get sick. Sasha and Glenn fight for their lives as Hershel tries to remain in positive spirits. Chaos ensues when a gunshot goes off and dead sick people reanimate into walkers. Hershel and Lizzie get rid of the walkers and Hershel manages to bring Glenn back to life after he stops breathing.
Daryl, Michonne, Tyreese, and Bob arrive with the meds and administer the drugs to the infected.
In a flashback, The Governor flees after his massacre of the Woodbury Army, alongside with his two remaining henchmen: Martinez and Shumpert. The two men abandon Philip during the night and he responds by burning down Woodbury and wanders off into the unknown.
After several months of surviving the elements, he encounters the Chambler family consisting of Lily, her daughter Meghan, sister Tara, and father David. They listen to his story, which he fabricates, and slowly gains their trust by clear walkers and getting oxygen tanks for David. As time passes, Philip, going by Brian Heirot, gets to know Meghan and form a bond with him that is halted when he brutally kills a zombified David in front of her and the sisters. He decides to leave but the Lily wants to go with him as he knows how to survive.
The group travel on the road by vehicle until it breaks down. They are chased by Walkers and separated. Philip and Meghan fall into a dugout pit and find several walkers inside. Meghan cowers in a corner of the pit, as Philip kills the walkers. Philip hugs Meghan and swears on his life that he will keep her safe and never harm her. He looks up and sees a bewildered Martinez standing above him.
Philip’s group arrive with Martinez’s group and as time passes, Philip begins to noticed how unorganized the group is. After Martinez shares his feelings of doubt as a leader and offers to let him co-lead, Philip kills him by dragging him to a walker pit muttering how much he doesn’t want to lead anymore. Pete Dolgen becomes the leader but his decisions are criticized by his brother Mitch who believes they have to take from other groups in order to live. Deep down, Philip believes it too but wants to leave with his new family to escape death and his past. A swarm of walkers stuck in mud blocking their path.
Left with no choice, Philip reverts to his old self and kills Pete, entices Mitch to join him, and convinces the people that they need a more secure location to live in. His point is well proved when he saves Meghan from a Walker that entered the camp.
He takes a truck and travels towards the Prison and looks at envy at their lives while noticing Hershel and Michonne whom he aims his gun at.
Philip rallies whatever forces, motivating them to follow him to the prison. They are led to believe that Rick’s group is evil and they must be stopped. Having kidnapped Hershel and Michonne as bargaining chips, he intends to force Rick out without killing anyone and ignores the suggestion that both groups could live together at the prison.
Arriving at the prison, the standoff begins. Despite negotiations from the respective groups, Philip loses his patience and instigates a battle by killing Hershel, thus revealing his true colors. Lily arrives with a dead Meghan who was bit. Philip shoots her in the head before moving toward the prison.
As the battle goes on, the prison survivor not fighting rush toward the bus to make a getaway. However, many of the survivors get separated and have to leave the prison to the overflow of Walkers. Rick and Philip fight each other brutally. Just as Philip is about to finish Rick, Michonne stabs him and the two leave him to die but Lily appears and shoots him before she is devoured. Rick and Carl walk off in the woods as the prison burns.
Michonne among the herd of Walkers and creates two new bodyguard Walkers as she leaves the destruction of the prison behind. As she remembers her former life and how she wanted something better for her son and how in touch with people she used to be. After seeing a Walker that resembles her, she kills all the Walkers around after realizing how far she could go in the life she’s choosing and decides to find Rick and Carl to live life again.
Rick and Carl walk on the road and find a house to fortify while they recuperate. Rick eventually slips into unconsciousness as Carl continues to be angry over the loss of the prison and Judith being dead and blames his dad for not killing The Governor when he has the chance. Carl eventually realizes he can’t survive alone as he can’t bring himself to kill his dad when he thinks he’s become a Walker. However, Rick turns out to be alive and well. The next day, Michonne finds them much to Rick’s delight.
Daryl and Beth hide out in the woods and camp out while avoiding Walkers. Beth wants to find the others but Daryl believes it would be useless. They come across a bloodied site near train tracks where they are attacked by a Walker. Beth spots Luke's shoe next to a pile of fresh human remains and breaks down crying realizing their people might be dead.
Tyreese, Lizzie, Mika, and Judith continue to trek the woods while also avoiding Walkers. Things are made difficult with Judith’s crying. While Tyreese comes upon two men being attacked by Walkers, he tries to save them while Lizzie and Mika are left on their own against several Walkers. They are saved by Carol and they eventually find Tyreese and one of the men dying, He tells them of a possible sanctuary up the tracks.
Maggie, Bob, and Sasha are in the woods by a quarry. Maggie is determined to find Glenn despite the other’s reluctance. They come across the bus from the prison where they discover everyone dead and reanimated and Glenn not among them. Maggie sits and cries in relief.
Glenn awakens on a section of the destroyed prison walkway and tries to look for Maggie with no success. He packs what he can and decides to leave the prison but discovers Tara who locked herself in the fences. Glenn convinces her to come with him despite being with The Governor’s army. On the road, Tara continually shows remorse for her actions as she did not know how psychotic “Brian” was. After a small group of walkers attack, Glenn collapses, leaving Tara to kill a walker by herself. She looks up to see a military truck, yelling if they "enjoyed the show". Three people climb out: Abraham, Eugene, and Rosita.
Tara and Glenn are riding in the back of Abraham’s truck with Eugene who claims to have knowledge on how to stop the zombie apocalypse but has to get to Washington D. C. to do it. Glenn is more concerned with finding Maggie, however, and tries to leave. Meanwhile, Eugene sees approaching walkers and takes it upon himself to try and kill them. His bad aim (on account of firing from the hip) causes him to rupture the fuel tank.
Rick, Carl, and Michonne continue to live at the house. The latter two go on a supply-run while rick stays behind. Later, Rick hides when a group of hostile strangers come to the house. He evades the group at every turn until he encounters one in the bathroom and he is forced to kill him. He escapes the house and sees Michonne and Carl approaching the house. He sprints towards them and directs them away from the house as the other group finds their fellow member reanimated. The three also find a sign that leads to Terminus.
Beth and Daryl are at odds with each other as they have different mindsets on how to survive. Eventually he gives Beth her first drink of moonshine they find in an abandoned shack. While drunk, Daryl reveals how he feels at fault for letting the prison fall. They share personal stories with each other and decide to burn the shack down, symbolically letting go of their pasts and moving forward to survive and live.
After escaping walkers; Maggie, Sasha, and Bob decide they need to find a better place to set up camp. They come across signs for Terminus and decide to go there thinking their loved ones are there. Maggie and Sasha are at odds over Glenn being alive or dead which leads to Maggie going on her own and leave messages for Glenn to go to Terminus. Sasha finds Maggie and after fighting off Walkers, Sasha decides that they should go to Terminus,
Daryl is teaching Beth how to track and use his crossbow as they bond some more. While searching through a funeral parlor, they are attacked by Walkers and get separated. When Daryl he escapes, he notices a car driving off which he is sure Beth is in. He tries to follow it but fails. Soon, he is surrounded by six men, heavily armed with assault rifles and a bow. The leader admires Daryl offers him a spot in their group.
Carol, Tyreese and the children find a grove with a white house garden and decide to stay there to rest. The two are concerned with Lizzie and Mika and their survival abilities believing Mika is too gentle and Lizzie confused about what walkers really are. Things reach their tipping point when Lizzie kills Mika to show them that she hasn’t changed and nearly does the same to Judith. Lizzie also is revealed to be the one who killed the animals at the prison. The grown-ups decide that Lizzie is a danger and Carol reluctantly puts her down. That night, she confesses what she did to Karen and David to Tyreese who forgives her despite his anger. The two leave the grove with Judith and head to Terminus.
Abraham, Glenn, Tara, Rosita and Eugene are walking down the railroad tracks and Glenn finds Maggie’s message. He and Tara separate from Abraham’s group and to find Maggie. They reach a tunnel where Tara becomes trapped. They are rescued by Maggie, Bob, and Sasha before meeting up with Abraham and his crew after Eugene convinces them to turn back for them. The merged group enters Terminus with ease and observes the tranquility of the area. A woman named Mary welcomes them and offers them something to eat.
Meanwhile, Daryl struggles to assimilate himself into the Claimers as one of them, Len, and him fight over a dead rabbit. Joe, the leader explains they only have one rule: if they want something, they claim it. He then cuts the rabbit in half for Daryl and Len, since the former was not aware of the rule. Later, Len tries to convince the group Daryl stole his half of the rabbit. Joe then reveals that he witnessed Len put the rabbit in Daryl's bag, and begins beating up Len with the group. Joe informs Daryl that they are tracking a man, who had killed one of their own, and is possibly headed to Terminus.
Rick, Carl, and Michonne are camping out in the woods when Joe and his crew find them and prepare to extract their revenge. Daryl tried to stop but ends up getting beaten up. As one of the members attempts to rape Carl, Rick snaps and attacks Joe and eventually bite off his jugular and one by one group members are killed off by Rick’s group.
Eventually, Rick and his group make it to Terminus and slowly discover all is not as it seems when they see stuff the belonged to their friends. After causing a shootout, the group attempt to flee but are herded to a cattle car where they find Glenn, Maggie, and the others. Despite their predicament, Rick is sure they’ll get out of it because Terminus is “screwing with the wrong people."
|Title||Writer(s)||Air Dates||U.S. Viewers|
|1.||"30 Days Without An Accident"||Scott Gimple||October 13, 2013 (US)|
October 18, 2013 (UK)
|2.||"Infected"||Angela Kang||October 20, 2013 (US)|
October 25, 2013 (UK)
|3.||"Isolation"||Robert Kirkman||October 27, 2013 (US)|
November 1, 2013 (UK)
|4.||"Indifference"||Matt Negrete||November 3, 2013 (US)|
November 8, 2013 (UK)
|5.||"Internment"||Channing Powell||November 10, 2013 (US)|
November 15, 2013 (UK)
|6.||"Live Bait"||Nichole Beattie||November 17, 2013 (US)|
November 22, 2013 (UK)
|7.||"Dead Weight"||Curtis Gwinn||November 24, 2013 (US)|
November 29, 2013 (UK)
|8.||"Too Far Gone"||Seth Hoffman||December 1, 2013 (US)|
December 6, 2013 (UK)
|9.||"After"||Robert Kirkman||February 9, 2014 (US)|
February 10, 2014 (UK)
|February 16, 2014 (US)|
February 17, 2014 (UK)
|February 23, 2014 (US)|
February 24, 2014 (UK)
|12.||"Still"||Angela Kang||March 2, 2014 (US)|
March 3, 2014 (UK)
|13.||"Alone"||Curtis Gwinn||March 9, 2014 (US)|
March 10, 2014 (UK)
|14.||"The Grove"||Scott Gimple||March 16, 2014 (US)|
March 17, 2014 (UK)
|March 23, 2014 (US)|
March 24, 2014 (UK)
|March 30, 2014 (US)|
March 31, 2014 (UK)
- Clara (Alive)
- Greg (Alive and Zombified)
- Mr. Richards
- Patrick (Alive and Zombified)
- Eryn (Off-Screen)
- Charlie (Zombified)
- Ryan Samuels
- Nick (Zombified)
- Tony (Zombified)
- Mr. Jacobson (Zombified)
- Caleb Subramanian (Alive and Zombified)
- Noris' Son (Alive and Zombified)
- Crying Mom (Alive and Zombified)
- Noris (Alive and Zombified)
- Henry (Alive and Zombified)
- Welles (Zombified, Off-Screen)
- Mike (Zombified, Off-Screen)
- Terry (Zombified, Off-Screen)
- Bill Jenkins (Zombified)
- David Chambler (Alive and Zombified)
- Shumpert (Confirmed Fate)
- Caesar Martinez
- Pete Dolgen (Alive)
- Meghan Chambler
- Mitch Dolgen
- The Governor
- Hershel Greene (Alive and Zombified)
- Flame (Confirmed Fate)
- Joe Sr. (Zombified)
- Luke (Confirmed Fate)
- Molly (Confirmed Fate)
- Christopher's Father (Alive and Zombified)
- Lilly Chambler (Confirmed Fate)
- Mrs. Richards (Off-Screen)
- Jeanette (Off-Screen)
- Achey Woman (Zombified)
- Sick Teenager (Zombified)
- Lou (Alive and Zombified)
- Mika Samuels
- Lizzie Samuels
- At least 10 unnamed survivors at a forest camp
- At least 20 unnamed survivors from Martinez's camp
- Many unnamed prison survivors (Alive and Zombified)
- 1 unnamed man
A fourth season of the show, consisting of 16 episodes, was confirmed in December 2012.
Production began in Senoia, Georgia on May 6, 2013.
Greg Nicotero, who replaced Goyer, directed three episodes for the season, while Tricia Brock and Ernest Dickerson each directed two episodes. Michelle MacLaren returned this season to direct the season finale, after previously directing episodes in seasons one and two. Comic book co-creator Robert Kirkman wrote two episodes of the season. 
Filming was completed on November 23, 2013.
Behind the Scenes
- This season is mainly based on "Volume 7: The Calm Before", "Volume 8: Made To Suffer", "Volume 9: Here We Remain" and "Volume 10: What We Become" from the Comic Series.
- Below are the changes made to the main cast in this season.
- Melissa McBride (Carol) and Scott Wilson (Hershel) are added to the opening sequence for the first time after being listed under the "Also Starring" section in previous seasons.
- Emily Kinney (Beth), Chad L. Coleman (Tyreese) and Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha) were promoted to series regulars after guest starring in previous seasons, however they are listed under "Also Starring".
- David Morrissey (The Governor) is listed under "Also Starring" in the closing credits of "Internment", possibly to avoid giving away his appearance in the episode. He was later reinstated in the opening sequence in the following episode.
- Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (Bob) is a series regular from his first appearance in the season, although he is listed under the "Also Starring" section.
- Scott Wilson and David Morrissey are no longer listed as series regulars starting from "Inmates". This is the first time a regular was removed from the opening sequence in the middle of a season.
- Scott Wilson appeared in the season finale, "A", and was added to the opening sequence in that episode.
- Season 4 is the first season where there is no episode where all regulars for the season appear.
- Melissa McBride and David Morrissey are the only two series regulars in Season 4 to not appear in an episode together. Carol appeared in episodes 4.01 through 4.04, whereas The Governor appeared in episodes 4.05 through 4.09. Carol reappeared in episode 4.10.
- In December 2012, Mike Riley, of Stalwart Films, stated about the city of Senoia, the stage set for Woodbury, that “It hasn't been announced yet, but we'll be back here next year for season four.”
- The writing of the fourth season started in February 2013, as stated by Glen Mazzara in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
- Much like Season 3, the premiere of this season is only 60 minutes long, as opposed to the 90 minute premieres in Seasons 1 and 2.
- Greg Nicotero stated that Season 4 would focus more on character development and less on "the run and gun": "The walkers and the gore and the action and stuff, that’s fun, that’s the popcorn part of it. But if you don’t have characters that people are invested in, you lose your audience."
- The song "Serpents" by Sharon Van Etten was used in the trailer and also the fourth episode of the season, "Indifference".
- Serpents is the second song used in a trailer and an episode of The Walking Dead.
- The death toll for Season 4 stands at 100. Season 4 has had the third most deaths, the second being Season 6 with 134 deaths and the first being Season 8 with 690 deaths, as of "Wrath".
- In an interview with showrunner Scott Gimple, he shares: "The ultimate inspiration for The Walking Dead is the comic book. Sometimes, we can go far away from the comic book story, but often we ultimately serve the comic book story. And even when we go far away from it, we're inspired by it - and the novels as well. And then beyond that, all of the great stuff that we have consumed along the way, from zombie movies to Star Wars to other comics to really highbrow movies like The Grand Illusion to Jaws. And also really, world history. The plague storyline was inspired by both Camus' The Plague and other stories about the plague I heard in Edinburgh. But really, it starts with the comic book."
- In the official Comic-Con Trailer for this season. The tag line for the season is: "Prepare to Defend, Fight, or Run"
- This is the first season to have an episode be censored. It would also be the first to have a scene uncensored in home releases.
- This is the first season in which Scott Gimple is the showrunner for The Walking Dead.
- ↑ Scott West, ‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner On What We Can Expect From Seasons 3 And 4, Science Ficton.com, (March 22, 2012).
- ↑ Rice, Lynette. 'The Walking Dead' names new showrunner Entertainment Weekly (February 27, 2013)
- ↑ [[www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/walking-dead-renewed-fourth-season-glen-mazzara-381614 The Walking Dead Renewed for the Fourth Season]]
- ↑ [[www.digitalspy.co.uk/ustv/s135/the-walking-dead/news/a499841/man-of-steel-writer-david-goyer-to-direct-episode-of-walking-dead.html David S Goyer Set To Direct the Penultimate Episode]]
- ↑ [[dailydead.com/david-s-goyer-direct-walking-dead-episode-415/ Goyer's Scheduling Conflicts]]
- ↑ [[comicbook.com/blog/2013/09/28/the-walking-dead-season-4-complete-episode-director-guide/ Director's Guide]]
- ↑ Filming Completed
- ↑ 
- ↑ Bahr, Lindsey. PaleyFest 2013: 10 things we learned from 'The Walking Dead' panel Entertainment Weekly (March 2, 2013)
- ↑ [blogs.amctv.com/the-walking-dead/2014/04/the-walking-dead-showrunner-scott-gimple-answers-fan-questions-part-i/ Gimple Q&A]
- ↑ Comic-Con Trailer for season 4 by AMC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSi2fJALDyQ