‘The Walking Dead’ Season 4: Did the Finale Satisfy?

‘The Walking Dead’ sixteenth episode and season finale of the fourth season managed to give a fairly satisfying conclusion to the season without actually wrapping up much of anything.

The tension-filled season four of “The Walking Dead” has been its biggest season yet, as its last episode was aired yesterday. Photo: zechflorek/ Flickr

The finale episode of the AMC series “The Walking Dead” hit our TV screens with plenty of intensity and a rather good conclusion for the incredibly tension-filled, storyline-packed season finale, as it featured one of the most brutal, nearly unwatchable scenes in the series’ history.

The synopsis for “The Walking Dead” season 4 finale reads, “As multiple paths collide, Rick comes face to face with sheer brutality. Will he and the group have what it takes to survive?”

Season four of The Walking Dead has been its biggest season yet and shows no signs of slowing down as it hurdles toward the finale. When asked to describe the season four finale in one word, Kirkman responded “SAVAGE.”

“Honestly, people are going to be talking about this one. The cliffhanger at the end of Season 4 will make the wait between the seasons 4 and 5 the hardest wait we’ve ever had. Enjoy!” the creator of the comics teased. So what really happened that would make us have goose bumps.

“Those who arrive, survive,” read the radio signal being broadcast out of the alleged salvation known as Terminus. But they apparently left out the part about “Those who arrive get locked into a train car for possible future human consumption.”

That’s where Rick, Carl, Michonne, and Daryl ended up after recognizing the items of their missing friends being used by the inhabitants of Terminus. They were reunited with those friends — Glenn, Maggie, Bob, and Sasha, along with Tara, Eugene, Abraham, and Rosita — in a locked train car as prisoners of Terminus. (Carol, Tyreese, Judith, and Beth all remain unaccounted for.)

This episode, directed masterfully by Michelle McLaren of “Breaking Bad” fame, puts “The Walking Dead” in an interesting place. The story line takes our heroes into a dark place—and what can be darker than a locked railroad car?

This episode also featured a segmented flashback from happier times, times when Hershel still had most of his body. But also, the flashbacks were all about helping Rick reinvent himself as a farmer, which sure, it showed us a bit about Rick’s transition over the past season, but also it informs us a little bit about Terminus.

This long strange season ends with a cliffhanger but also an improbable boast from an improbable source: “They’re screwing with the wrong people.” The prospect of watching Rick & Friends make good on that promise and kick some Termite tail might just be enough to sustain a Walking Dead fan through a long walker-free summer.

During a Reddit AMA, comic book co-creator and TV show executive producer Robert Kirkman answered fan questions about the hit AMC series and Image Comics book, dropping many hints at what’s to come.

When asked about popularity affecting a character’s survival chances, Kirkman said, “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. No character is too popular to die.”

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