Please join us way out in left field as we speculate on who may die in the final episode of The Walking Dead Season 4. That Episode 16, “A,” will air Sunday, March 30 on AMC, and whatever happens will leave us hanging until the October launch of Season 5.
We’ll have to revisit this topic as the second half progresses, but here’s the official ep 16 description: "Many paths collide; Rick faces sheer brutality; the group struggles to survive." Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) said the finale will be a "very ambitious" episode, noting, "they went big with it."
• Brutality and struggling to survive sound really bad, but at least this suggests Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Daryl make it to the finale, not that we ever really doubted that, and we’d be shocked if either one didn’t return for Season 5. Who else won’t die? Back in December, Vulture asked showrunner Scott Gimple how comic book characters Sgt. Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) and Dr. Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt) would fit into the show when they arrived, and he answered, “We get to know them a little bit. They affect the characters’ stories a great deal, but we’re not going to get into their stories in a deep way until next season.” So add them to the not dead list. Not sure about Rosita Espinosa (Christian Serratos), though, since she wasn’t added to that question.
• There’s some speculation that we might see a child killer storyline at some point later this season, ala Ben/Billy in the comics, featuring Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino) and Mika Samuels (Kyla Kenedy). Do you think either of them survives to see Season 5? Heck, they may not even make it to the finale… What about baby Judith? Will she survive life on the road? Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) is meant to return, and maybe run into Tyreese (Chad Coleman) and the kids; do you think they’ll both be around next year?
• We’re still curious about Bob Stookey (Larry Gilliard Jr.) and his story will be explored more in the second half. How did he manage to be the sole survivor of his past groups? He and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) left the prison with Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan), but will all three of them make it past the season finale? Will Sasha ever see her brother Ty again?
• We hope Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) and Maggie are reunited by the end of the season and stay together instead of one (or both) dying, but that’s definitely a concern too. What about the other Greene girl, Beth Greene(Emily Kinney)? She’s been featured heavily in the promos and we know we’ll learn more about her in the second half, but will she also survive to see Season 5?
• What about The Governor’s old friends Tara (Alanna Masterson) and Lilly (Audrey Marie Anderson)? If they both pop up in the second half, will they continue into the next season or fade away?
• Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) may just outlive everyone, even Rick himself, but what about Michonne (Danai Gurira)? Will she be able to find her place in this world again? It would be heartbreaking to lose her (Team Richonne!) but we could imagine her sacrificing herself for the group or something.
• Season 4 is meant to end on a “more hopeful” note, with the possibility of finding a new safe haven like the prison. It could be the Alexandria Safe-Zone (which might fit with the “A” title) and for all we know, there may not be any major deaths in the finale itself. In the past two seasons, a lot of the major deaths have come earlier in the season. Think of Sophia, Dale, and even Shane in Season 2. They weren’t finale deaths. Same withLori, T-Dog, and Merle in Season 3. Andrea and Milton did die in the Season 3 finale, though. The Season 1 finale barely counts (bless its heart!) since that season was so short, but we lost the CDC, with Jenner andJacqui inside. But earlier in the season we lost Amy, Jim, and everyone’s favorite character, Ed.
We’ve already lost Hershel, The Governor and a bunch of more minor characters in Season 4, and executive producer Robert Kirkman said the major character count this season would NOT be four like in Season 3 with T-Dog, Lori, Merle and Andrea. The main character deaths may be done, but we’re guessing there’s at least one more coming our way, along with minor deaths.
The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.