Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: Rick Grimes Talks to Carl Grimes on The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 9: “After”

Smell that? It’s not charred walkers or leftover pudding, it’s the whiff of a cliffhanger. We may be in for one as The Walking Dead Season 4 winds to a close.

Episode 15, “Us,” airs this Sunday, March 23, followed by the season finale, “A,” on March 30.

Comic book writer/executive producer Robert Kirkman told TheWalkingDead.com, coming out of Episode 14, viewers can see how high the stakes are and how crazy things can get in the zombie apocalypse, and that will continue in the final two episodes. “There’s quite a bit of shock coming and I think people are going to be pretty startled with what happens moving forward and are definitely, definitely going to be anticipating the return of Season 5, which we’re working on right now and I can say is going to be pretty awesome. I think people should stay glued to the couch for these next two episodes, they’re going to be pretty cool.”

Shocked and startled!

This season has already given us a surprise deadly flu, the head-slicing of Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson), the kidnapping of Beth Greene (Emily Kinney), the murders of Mika (Kyla Kenedy) and Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino) and now … what? What could Joe (Jeff Kober) and his marauder/bandits or whatever is at Terminus do that could really shock us? Are we daring them to do their worst?

But doesn’t it sound like the “definitely, definitely” anticipating Season 5 bit is preparing us for a major cliffhanger, where something big happens and we’re forced to wait until October to see what’s next? This season is supposed to end on a more hopeful note than the bleak start of the second half, so maybe we just reach the sanctuary in the final moments or some mystery emerges in the final seconds or whatever.

Showrunner Scott Gimple previously teased to Entertainment Weekly that both Episode 15 and Episode 16 are “really big” eps with lots of intense stuff going on. “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.”

There’s so much they have to pack in these final episodes to get everyone together and tie up some stories. Do you think we could have a major cliffhanger leading into Season 5? If so, do you think it will be related to The Hunters or who kidnapped Beth? Share your theories below!

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

Source: TheWalkingDead.com