if u remember back too the governor in the comics, after he got tortured and mutilated by michonne he was thought to be dead by all fans until finally returning at the end of volume seven leaving him absent for almost a year.
and thats what i think will happen to him in the TV series. im not saying that we dont see him for an entire season and that the prison will last until season 5 but rather that he presumably dies in 3x16 and doesnt return until half of season 4.
what would u think of that?
p.s.: sadly the last episode ive seen is "clear" so please no spoilers if possible