They’re torturing us! The Walking Dead Season 4 is taking a mid-season break for about two months, as it has done in its past two seasons. Episode 8, the mid-season finale, aired on December 1, 2013, and Episode 9 will launch the second set of eight episodes on February 9, 2014.
This mid-season thing is a relatively new format for TV shows, not just The Walking Dead. The Walker Stalkers talked to producer Gale Anne Hurd in a nice long podcast, and they asked if she sees the mid-season break as a positive change or if she sees it as a loss to not have the story told continuously.
"As a person involved in producing the show, it's great to have this opportunity to catch our breath,” Gale said, “especially in post-production, it's a very demanding show for post-production and you can certainly fall behind. We have to deliver the show early because it's translated into I think 31 different languages, because it airs across the globe within a week and in many cases within 24 or 48 hours of its premiere in the U.S.”
Thirty-one different languages! Do they still say “Pookie” in each one?
“So for pragmatic reasons, it's great to have an A season and a B season,” Gale continued. “It also provides us with an opportunity for the kind of storytelling you've seen so far this season, where we can have what many others shows would consider to be a season finale in the mid-season. And we can build up to an even more significant season finale. I think it works for our particular brand of storytelling."
That’s true. As much as we wish the story would continue right away, their past mid-season breaks have given us huge moments — like Sophia in the barn and the Dixon brothers in the Woodbury fight club pit. It’s possible those big moments wouldn’t have had the same impact if the story just picked up again the next week. We’re lucky to get two major finales a season — especially since it also gives us two big premieres to look forward to!
Listen to the full podcast for more. Do you see the upside of a mid-season break or do you think it’s just cruel and unusual punishment?
The Walking Dead Season 4 returns on Sunday, February 9 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
Source: The Walker Stalkers