Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: Team Prison Is Surprised to See The Governor on The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 8: “Too Far Gone”

It's almost time to watch the second half of The Walking Dead Season 4 — aka Survivor: Team Prison, with all of our favorite characters split up in new alliances as they try to stay alive out in the wild.

Episode 9, "After" is mostly going to follow Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Carl (Chandler Riggs) and (separately, at least for now) Michonne (Danai Gurira). Episode 10, "Inmates," should follow four storylines with what episode director Tricia Brock called "some of the oddest couplings of groups you've seen" on the show.

On that note, Andrew Lincoln talked to Entertainment Weekly about the back half, and how we'll see more individual and mini group stories. "It’s not only a change of pace but what it does is it rewards the audience that perhaps doesn’t know about certain characters’ backstories and histories," Andy told EW. "There are some very witty pairings is what I will say. Really, really witty."

Witty? Witty pairings? Off the top of your head, what would constitute a witty pairing, to you?

We're expecting to see Tara (Alanna Masterson) again, and she has a smart aleck side, so maybe she'll bring some wit. Or maybe he’s thinking of Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Beth Greene (Emily Kinney), who left the prison together. Or perhaps he's teasing the three newbies who are coming soon, and will bring their own "dynamic" action to the story. We still don't know anything about how they will interact with the groups or even who they'll meet. Or if he meant something else, maybe the writers are finding a clever way to bring Tyreese (Chad Coleman) and Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) together, with everyone but Tyreese knowing more to the story.

There are so many possibilities for what’s to come. It's pretty exciting. But also sad. As Andy added, "It’s very character driven, very soulful — much more reminiscent of the first season, I think, just because they’re all out and alone and they’re much more vulnerable. And also because they’re apart from each other you realize that without each other their family is dying. It’s almost like vignettes; it’s like character studies in all of the characters. The underpinning of all of this is the great hope they can find each other again."

The family is dying! Dang, that’s harsh. He said the former Team Prison members are all incredibly tenacious survivors, but so are all the other people who are still alive at this point. Who will come across the wrong people out there?

What do you think about these "witty pairings"? Any ideas for the new alliances? The Walking Dead Season 4 returns with Episode 9 on Sunday, February 9 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Source: Entertainment Weekly