Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) may have started The Walking Dead Season 4 cranking up some tunes on his iPod in the vegetable garden, but by last Sunday’s finale, he was a changed man. Before The Governor’s (David Morrissey) massacre, Rick put down his gun and removed himself from any decision making process, but that all changed in “A” when Joe’s (Jeff Kober) marauders were hurting Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) and even threatened to rape him.
A previously passive Rick channeled his primal instincts and broke free from Joe’s hold, only to fatally bite him in the neck, forcing the goon holding Carl to let him go. The TWD cast and crew discuss the Season 4 finale in the video below, courtesy of AMC.
Greg Nicotero notes, “The entire theme of Season 4 comes full circle and we realize at the end that you can’t come back,” but showrunner Scott Gimple has a different perspective. “But that’s how it has to be, that’s how you survive,” he explains.
Andy has seen a fundamental change in his character and knows that Rick’s peaceful gardening days are long behind him. “You can never be the same person you once were; Rick can’t,” he declares. “And I think that was the eternal struggle. He was trying to repress a part of him that is in him.”
Andy’s co-star Danai Gurira (Michonne) takes that thinking a step further and points out that even if you can’t go back to the person you once were, this world forces everyone who wants to stay alive to continuously change. “You can always evolve,” she says. “There’s constant evolution of self in this world and that’s what’s fascinating, that we don't know who anybody is going to be by the beginning of Season 5.”
And who is poised to be more different at the start of Season 5 than Rick? He ended Season 4 declaring that the Termites have no idea who they’ve “screwed” with, and we know that our protagonist should be ready to fight come October. “I would pretty much guarantee that we’re going to see a completely different Rick Grimes in Season 5,” Greg offered. “One who just is willing to do anything and would never question any motive or any decision. He just goes into it head first.”
Andy agreed, pointing out that Rick and Team Prison certainly won’t go down without a fight. “It’s going to messy, it’s going to be brutal, it’s gonna be thrilling how these guys get out of this scrape,” he said.
Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene) is on the same page, and even though she doesn’t know much about what Season 5 has in store, she has big predictions for the October 2014 premiere, noting, “We know that there is no way it’s not going to be an explosive beginning to Season 5.”
Executive producer Dave Alpert concurs as he concludes, saying Team Prison is ready and willing to fight for their lives, and he predicts an amazing season ahead. “We’re going to have to find a way to rebuild and regroup. And what they dynamic is and what’s going to happen between these characters, I think, is really anyone’s guess, but I could tell you though that they’re battle-hardened, they’re ready for anything. Season 5 is going to be even better than Season 4.”
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The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October 2014 on AMC.