Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: Rick Says Goodbye to Carl on The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 9

The Walking Dead Season 4 mid-season finale saw the long-awaited face off between Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and The Governor, (David Morrissey) the deaths of said Gov. and Hershel Greene, (Scott Wilson) and the disbanding of Team Prison. As the war between the prison dwellers and The Governor’s group waged on, people scattered in every direction, and it’s possible that the group may never fully reunite.

At least at the start of the back eight episodes we will see various parts of Team Prison fending for themselves, and as executive producer Robert Kirkman tells TV Guide, Rick and Carl are going solo now.

“It's taking everything away from them. It's putting them in a position where they're on uneasy ground,” Robert says of what losing the prison and likely Baby Judith will do to Rick and his only son. “Rick and Carl are out on their own, they're by themselves with no supplies and no sanctuary. They're definitely in the most dangerous position that they've been in yet, which is where all of the characters are coming out of this episode.”

From what we can gather, the various groups of former Team Prison members look something like this: Tyreese (Chad Coleman) was with the kids. Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) was on the bus. Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) was with injured Bob Stookey (Larry Gilliard Jr.) and still kinda-sick Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green). Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) was with Beth Greene (Emily Kinney), and Michonne (Danai Gurira) could be on her own.

We know that Episode 10, scheduled to air on February 16, features four separate storylines with “some of the oddest couplings of groups you've seen” on the show, and given that the security the prison once provided is now gone, it’ll be interesting to see how and if the mini groups can survive on their own. “It's a very intimate episode. We see how these very odd groups were thrown together and how they deal with that,” director Tricia Brock — who helmed Episode 10 — said back in November.

Robert agrees, noting, “We do some really interesting changes in these characters as they're put to the test and have to decide what they're willing to do to survive and how they're going to allow this new environment and new danger to affect them, which is what The Walking Dead is all about.”

In the sneak peek we have for Episode 9, Carl (Chandler Riggs) is completely by himself as he attempts to lure to walkers away from a house, and even though he and Rick managed to stay together (although we’re not sure where he is at this moment) Robert says the fact that the various groups don’t know who, if anyone at all, is still alive will certainly come into play next year.

“It's important to note that in this episode, the group was split up quite a bit, but if you watch it, you can see that they split up in a way that they don't know if anyone other than themselves actually survived, which is going to be a big element of the back half of the season,” he explains.

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The Walking Dead Season 4 resumes on February 9, 2014, at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Source: TV Guide

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