The Walking Dead Season 4 spoilers and speculation ahead!
They don't call it The Walking DEAD for nothing. The Powers That Be have been pushing their No One Is Safe mantra, and they backed it up on Season 3 by killing Lori, T-Dog, Merle, Andrea, some prisoners (like Oscar and Axel) we didn’t get a chance to know well, a bunch of newbies at Woodbury (including Milton), and a lot of walkers.
We know Season 4 will be no different. Actually, scratch that. Comic book writer/executive producer Robert Kirkman told Entertainment Weekly the major character death count would be different from Season 3. “We will not get rid of four major characters in Season 4,” Kirkman said. “Because we have to keep things off balance. It has to be different every season. Maybe we’ll kill two, maybe we’ll kill 10. Who knows? But it will be different.”
Let’s hope they choose a lower number of main character deaths. We know they’ve already gone way high on the general deaths. If you’ve seen the Season 4 extended trailer, you’ve heard Hershel say “we just lost 12 of our own … two of them were killed in cold blood.” Carol is also heard saying “there’s not a lot of us left.” And that has to be just in the first half of the season. About 50 former Woodbury people entered the prison on the Season 3 premiere, so if we lose a dozen of them it would be sad but not devastating.
However, Tyreese’s actions in the trailer are making us think his sister Sasha may be one of the casualties. If not Sasha, then maybe Karen, who seems to get extra close to Tyreese on Season 4. At one point he looks horrified by something he’s seeing — and he has flowers in his hand as he's horrified, as if to give to his girlfriend, Karen. He seems to fight with Rick and Daryl. He also looks listless in the car (with Daryl, Michonne and Bob Stookey) and almost goes on a rage-induced suicide attack against a herd. It’s just a guess, but we may be seeing the end of Sasha and/or Karen, since it's looking like at least one of Tyreese's loved ones will check out. Sasha and Karen aren't original Season 1 characters, or a newer main characters like Maggie, Hershel or Michonne, but they're not an anonymous Woodbury newbies either.
Speaking of Hershel, as an update, there's some chatter on the Spoil the Dead forum that Hershel may be kicking the bucket. Follow the thread and see if you agree. It wouldn't be too shocking — he's "old," he has one leg, and he'd be more than willing to sacrifice his life for someone else — but his death has been predicted before and obviously it didn't happen. Hershel may just outlive the walkers!
What’s your speculation for Season 4 character deaths?
The Walking Dead Season 4 premieres Sunday, October 13 on AMC.