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Occasionally, The Walking Dead makes use of a time jump to mark the passage of a fixed, uneventful period of time in the post-apocalyptic world. There was a time jump of a few months between Seasons 3 and 4 so we didn’t have to see every Woodbury resident acclimate to life in the prison, but can we expect a similar time jump between the first half of Season 4 and the second?

Executive producer Robert Kirkman gave TV Guide a very definitive answer, revealing, “There's no time jump. We wouldn't do that. It's going to pick up pretty much to the minute of where we left off.”

Showrunner Scott Gimple echos Robert’s thoughts, telling The Hollywood Reporter that there isn’t much of a passage of time: “There's a lot that happens after the prison. Everyone seems pretty scattered. There's a lot to tell in the aftermath of what just happened.”

We couldn’t agree more. Hershel Greene’s (Scott Wilson) death (as well as everything else that happened) is still so fresh and raw in everyone’s minds, and you would lose the sense of drama and urgency if too much time elapses between the halves. When we tune into the back eight episodes in February 2014, much of what we will be looking out for is how everyone is coping with Hershel’s death, losing the prison, and being separated from each other. If too much time were to pass, you’d lose all of that completely.

We already know that Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) are in a bad place when Season 4 picks up, which is likely related to the fact that they are both under the impression Baby Judith is dead.

But even though a time jump may be out of the question, The Powers That Be haven’t counted out the use of flashbacks, which were used in the first half of Season 4 to give us some post-Woodbury massacre backstory on The Governor (David Morrissey).

Are you pleased with the decision to not have a time jump between the first half of Season 4 and the second? Tell us below!

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

Sources: TV Guide, The Hollywood Reporter

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