Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: Rick and Carl Grimes Attack the Walker Horde in The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 5: “Internment”

A “happy ending” is way too much to hope for when it comes to any season finale of The Walking Dead. But comic book writer/executive producer Robert Kirkman told TV Guide it will at least get a bit better for our group by the time we leave Season 4 behind.

The second half will start with Episode 9 on Sunday, February 9, with that hour mostly focusing on the severely beat-up Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his son, Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs). We just lost Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson) and the prison, with everyone we care about now scattered to the winds — no food, no shelter, probably not even Rick’s iPod.

"We started the season pretty hopeful and pretty optimistic," Robert Kirkman told TV Guide. "We'll open our last half of the season pretty bleak and we'll move them to something a little more hopeful by the end."

*Comic book spoilers ahead*

TV Guide ended the blurb with this spoiler point to ponder: “Does this mean that Alexandria is on the horizon?”

Showrunner Scott Gimple has said this season would be like a “remix” of the comic books. In the comics, after the prison battle, Rick and the survivors meet three new people and follow them on the road to Washington, D.C. They never quite fulfil those initial D.C. plans, but they do end up at a place called the Alexandria Safe-Zone in Alexandria, Virginia. Maybe this is “the sanctuary” that was teased on the radio back on that drive to the veterinary college, earlier in the season?

It’s good news to hear the ending of the season might be more hopeful. Back in November, Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) talked to Vulture while shooting the finale, which should air at the end of March. "It's a very ambitious episode; they went big with it,” Norman teased.

Not sure what that means, but Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) also teased some big stuff coming up. As he told Yahoo TV, “There are two episodes that I absolutely adore in the back eight, one of which I think is going to be the most controversial episode that we've probably ever been involved in, and that's saying something. [Laughs.]"

It sounds like there’s a lot of fascinating stuff ahead, good and bad. If things get a bit more hopeful, maybe that’s another hint to baby Judith not only being alive but possibly reuniting with her dad and brother.

Where do you think the former Team Prison will end up by the Season 4 finale? Together on the road, heading out to a certain location? Together at a safe zone? Still split up in various groups? Just happy to be alive with no idea what to do next?

The Walking Dead Season 4 returns with Episode 9 on Sunday, February 9 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Source: TV Guide