Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: Carol Peletier Waits For Rick Grimes on The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 4: “Indifference”

Good news, Walking Dead fans! It now looks like we’re going to see long lost Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) back on the hit show sooner rather than later. When Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) first banished her from the prison way back in Episode 4, “Indifference” because she made the choice to kill an already ill Karen and David in an effort to protect others from the flu, we were worried about her. Sure, Carol knows her way around a knife, but surviving on your own in a zombie apocalypse would be a challenge for anyone.

At first, The Powers That Be were evasive about when and even if we would see Carol again, but now executive producer/comic book creator Robert Kirkman swears she will be back before Season 4’s end. “Carol will definitely return before the end of the season,” he dished to TV Guide.

The second half of Season 4 resumes on February 9, 2014, and we have eight more episodes before the season finale next spring. Robert didn’t offer any additional details about exactly when or in what capacity Carol would return, but seeing as Team Prison is now split up into several different groups, we’d venture a guess and say that one such group encounters Carol on her solo travels.

Episode 10’s director, Tricia Brock, said that installment will feature four different storylines and "some of the oddest couplings of groups you've seen" on the show, so Carol could very well encounter some of her onetime allies during that hour. It would certainly be interesting to have her run into Tyreese, since he still doesn’t know that she was responsible for killing Karen, but we’ll just have to wait a few months to see how everything plays out.

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