Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: Rick Grimes Scales a Roof in The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 11: “Claimed”

We’re down to the wire on The Walking Dead Season 4. There are only two episodes left to the season (how? where did the time go?!) and history suggests they will be tense, shocking, and a bunch of other gasp-inducing adjectives.

Fans just watched a doozy of an ep in “The Grove,” but there’s no time to catch your breath. Episode 15, “Us,” airs this Sunday, March 23 and appears to follow Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Joe (Jeff Kober) and that band of marauder jerks, and — separately — Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun), Tara (Alanna Masterson) and the D.C. group. Episode 16, “A,” is the season finale, and we’re expecting a pretty big reunion at Terminus (if there is a Terminus) since the synopsis says “many paths collide.” That synopsis also mentions brutality for Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), whom we haven’t even seen since he killed one of Jeff’s guys in Episode 11, “Claimed,” then hit the road for sanctuary.

There’s a lot to worry about, and showrunner Scott Gimple is keeping us concerned. Entertainment Weekly asked where we go from the incredibly emotional Episode 14. “To the emotional conclusion of the season,” Scott said. “Both episodes are really big episodes. There are some insane things that happen. There are some tragic things that happen, There are some things that happen that are hopeful. And there is just some remarkably dark stuff. And stories crashing together.” Will we see some groups reunite? “Possibly. Maybe,” Scott answered. The train tracks have to go somewhere, right? “Or it’s just like Where the Sidewalk Ends,” he said.

Dun dun DUN!

Let’s pull a Bob and be optimistic, sticking with the “hopeful” tease. Robert Kirkman previously said the second half of Season 4 would start bleak and move toward something a bit more hopeful by the end. That suggests that, whatever dark stuff we endure in the next two episodes, the finale may end with some light at the end of the tunnel. Still, the word “tragic” sounds like “death” and the words “insane” and “remarkably dark” could be construed to mean The Hunters, aka cannibals from the comics. Are they coming? Are they here? Or are we in for insane stuff of a different variety? Gah!

Are you feeling half full or empty right now — focusing on hope or tragedy?

The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Source: Entertainment Weekly