The Walking Dead Season 4 finale, “A,” has now come and gone. You’ve had a few hours to digest what happened, so how do you feel about it? Best finale so far? Disappointed by the lack of Beth/Carol/Tyreese/Judith?
The season finale bar was not terribly high after Season 3, which frustrated us on a few levels. (Stop talking to Milton and free yourself, Andrea! And could someone please kill The Governor?!)
But the Season 4 finale marked the first time one of Rick Grimes’ (Andrew Lincoln) group didn’t die.
In Season 1, Jacqui opted out with Jenner at the CDC, following the emotional death of Amy. The action-packed Season 2 finale killed off a couple of people in Hershel’s family, and followed the emotional late-season deaths of Dale and Shane. Season 3’s finale killed off Andrea and Milton, plus all those Woodbury people, and followed the emotional death of Merle. The Season 4 finale was bloody and violent, but Rick’s group dished out the carnage, and even though our group was left in a dark train car at Terminus, they did arrive and survive.
The Season 4 finale followed the emotional late season deaths of Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino) and Mika (Kyla Kenedy), but the major deaths of the season were saved for the first half, when Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson) got his head sliced off and The Governor (David Morrissey) finally had to look at the flowers. This time, not only did no one in our group die, Hershel was revived to share more of his Obi-Wan wisdom.
This finale had some cool nods to the comic books, while adding enough twists to never make it feel predictable. But comic book writer/TV producer Robert Kirkman warned that Season 4 would end on the biggest cliffhanger yet, and for once he wasn’t just yanking our chains. Everyone is stuck in a train car, except for the people we didn’t get to see at all — Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride), Tyreese (Chad Coleman), baby Judith, and Beth Greene (Emily Kinney).
We figure Carol, Ty, and Judy are still on the road to Terminus (unless they're already there?), but the mystery of Beth’s abduction is being held over us for the next six months. At least. That’s harsh. Are you disappointed to not get clarity on that story, with even a glimpse of Beth, or are you just excited to see what’s next? Maybe she'll be the one to save the day?
What’s your reaction to the finale? Vote in the poll below and explain your feelings in greater detail in the comments, if you care to!
The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October 2014 on AMC.