It’s pretty easy to divide the Season 4 finale of The Walking Dead into two parts. Part one deals with Rick Grimes’ (Andrew Lincoln) deadly confrontation with Joe (Jeff Kober), during which the former cop savagely bites Joe in the neck in order to save his son Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) from being raped and killed by Joe’s men. Part two has to do with the gangs arrival at Terminus, which we’ll discuss in more detail later.
As for Rick’s deadly showdown with Joe and his crew, Andy explains in the behind the scenes video above that “something extraordinary happens” within his character. “This is Rick pushed to his breaking point. He has seen the most horrific thing that he thought could ever happen, happen, and he is ignited by this event, by seeing Carl in such peril,” comic book creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman explains, referring to the marauders hurting and threatening to rape Carl.
“This is possibly one of the most important moments in The Walking Dead thus far, this moment where this switch goes off in Rick. Whether or not this switch will ever be pushed back is a huge question moving forward, but this is a new Rick and this is someone who is not going to be holding back from here on out,” Robert continues.
Rick and the others now know what he is capable of, and there’s no turning back now. In a bit of a surprising twist, Andy points out that Rick seems to have come to terms with these changes within himself, saying he’s attained a “calm, almost peaceful acceptance” of his new self.
And the fact that Carl, Michonne (Danai Gurira), and especially Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) were all there to witness this fundamental change in Rick bonds them even further. As executive producer Gale Anne Hurd explains, “At this point, they are family that cannot be broken and there’s a connection that will hopefully see them through.”
We certainly have faith in Rick and his newly reunited team, but we will have to wait until Season 5 to find out how they find their way out of this pickle, er, train car.
Do you think Rick and the group have what it takes to escape Terminus unscathed? Watch the full video above and tell us your thoughts below!
The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October 2014 on AMC.