The Walking Dead (season 4)
|The Walking Dead (season 4)|
Promotional poster and home media cover art
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Original release||October 13, 2013– March 30, 2014|
The fourth season of The Walking Dead, an American horror-drama television series on AMC, premiered on October 13, 2013, and concluded on March 30, 2014, consisting of 16 episodes. Developed for television by Frank Darabont, the series is based on the eponymous series of comic books by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. It was executive produced by Kirkman, David Alpert, Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotero, Tom Luse, and Gale Anne Hurd. Gimple assumed the role of showrunner after Glen Mazzara's departure from the series.
The season was well received by critics, and won for Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series at the 40th Saturn Awards. The series and cast were also nominated in several categories at the 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards and 66th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
Season four adapts material from issues #39–61 of the comics and introduces notable comic characters Bob Stookey, Abraham Ford, Eugene Porter, Rosita Espinosa, and Lilly, as well as the Chambler family, a modified version of the Chalmers family from The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor tie-in novel. The season continues the story of former sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes, who relinquished his leadership in order to live a quiet life in contrast to his cold-hearted nature in the previous season. Rick and his fellow survivors struggle to maintain their idealistic lifestyle in the prison in the face of threats within and outside the premises, including the reappearance of The Governor.
- 1 Plot
- 2 Cast
- 3 Production
- 4 Episodes
- 5 Reception
- 6 Home media releases
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Some months after bringing in the remaining survivors of Woodbury to the prison, Rick has stepped down as leader of the group. A flu-like contagion breaks out in the prison, fatal to many and compounding the problem when those that die reanimate as walkers and attack the others. The infected are isolated as the survivors seek medical help. Carol purposely murders two of the infected and burns their bodies to protect the group, but Rick banishes her for this decision. Eventually, they are able to treat the contagion, though have suffered great losses.
Meanwhile, the Governor is abandoned by his henchmen Martinez and Shumpert following the prison attack. He discovers the Chamblers, consisting of sisters Tara and Lilly, Lilly's daughter Meghan who reminds the Governor of his daughter Penny, and their dying father. The Governor adopts a new identity, befriends the family, and helps to deal with their father when he dies and reanimates. When the Governor leaves, the Chamblers decide to stay with him. They eventually come onto a well-armed camp run by Martinez (who later reveals that he killed Shumpet after the latter got bitten unseen). The Governor kills Martinez, takes over control of the camp, and considers using their armory, including a functional tank, to take back the prison as a place for the Chamblers to stay. As he leaves with army, Meghan is attacked and killed by a walker much to Lilly's horror.
At the prison, the Governor finds Michonne and Hershel outside the fence and captures them. He uses the two as hostages to demand that Rick's group leave the prison, and refuses to accept Rick's offer of co-existence. Lilly runs up with Meghan's body, and the Governor, no longer interested in simply taking the prison, decapitates Hershel and orders a full-on assault of the prison. The battle is bloody, and Rick's group is forced to scatter, with Rick and Carl distraught they cannot find their infant Judith. The Governor's militia are killed and the prison is overrun with walkers. The Governor comes close to killing Rick after pinning him down in a fistfight, but is mortally stabbed by Michonne before being confronted by a silent Lilly while dying. Without word or hesitation, Lilly executes the Governor, who finally gets his comeuppance for what he previously did and committed just moments ago.
Though splintered, the members of Rick's group all start seeing signs directing them to following train tracks to Terminus with the offer of shelter and safety. Rick and Carl reunite with Michonne and have a run in with a group of bandits known as the Claimers, led by a man named Joe. Daryl protects Beth while she helps him to open up about his tragic past and overcome the death of his brother Merle. However, while fighting off walkers, Beth leaves in a car, and Daryl finds himself captured by the same Claimers Rick faced. Daryl and Rick are able to overpower the Claimers by murdering Joe and his entire group. After the massacre, Rick, Daryl, Michonne and Carl continue their journey towards Terminus. Tyreese is shown to have rescued Judith along with young sisters Lizzie and Mika Samuels; they come across Carol who joins them. They discover that Lizzie has an unhealthy fascination with the walkers, and when she kills Mika to see her reanimate as one, they are forced to kill her. Glenn has rescued Tara who had hidden herself away during the prison attack, and they join up with Abraham and Rosita who are escorting Eugene, a scientist, to Washington, D.C. as he claims to know how to stop the walkers. Maggie, Sasha, and Bob eventually join them, with Maggie and Glenn elated to find each other again.
The various groups discover Terminus at different times; it appears as a large fortified train yard, its occupants happy to welcome the new visitors. When Rick, Daryl, Michonne, and Carl arrive, Rick is suspicious of the place and hides a stash of weapons outside Terminus before they enter. They are greeted by Gareth, the leader of Terminus, who takes them on a tour of the site. Rick becomes hostile when he sees various items belonging to Glenn and Maggie being used by the occupants. A firefight ensues but being outnumbered and outgunned Gareth orders them to drop their weapons. They are secured in a boxcar where they discover Glenn, Maggie, Sasha, Bob, Tara, Abraham, Eugene, and Rosita. Rick confidently states to the group that Gareth will regret his actions as he's messed with the wrong people.
The fourth season features thirteen series regulars, with nine actors featured in the opening credits, while four others are credited as "also starring". Melissa McBride and Scott Wilson, who portray Carol Peletier and Hershel Greene, are added in the opening sequence after previously being credited as "also starring". David Morrissey, who plays The Governor, is not credited among the main cast until his reappearance in the episode "Live Bait". Credited as "also starring" are Emily Kinney (Beth Greene), Chad L. Coleman (Tyreese), and Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha), who are promoted from recurring status, and Lawrence Gilliard Jr., who joins the main cast as Bob Stookey. Scott Wilson and David Morrissey are removed from the opening credits and as series regulars after the episode "After". Wilson is re-added to the opening credits and as a series regular for the season finale titled "A".
- Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, the series' protagonist, the father of Carl and Judith, and a former sheriff's deputy, who recently relinquished his leadership over the survivor group out of disgust towards his own previous actions as leader.
- Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, an anti-hero-like Southern redneck who is also the group's primary hunter who has a strong bond with Carol, and later forms a bond with Beth.
- Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee, a former pizza delivery man married to Maggie Greene who has matured over the series.
- Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene, Hershel's elder daughter, Beth's half-sister, and Glenn's wife, who is a determined, fierce and capable fighter.
- Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes, Rick's adolescent son. Brave to a fault, Carl begins to develop a callous mentality in response to the lethal landscape of a savage, new world. However he is also emotionally conflicted with himself because of the brutality of his previous choices in the new world.
- Danai Gurira as Michonne, a quiet and meticulous, yet fierce woman who has recently joined Rick's group. She has begun to bond with the group, and shares a close bond with Rick's son Carl but is still fierce and secretive of her past.
- Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier, a former victim of domestic abuse who has empowered herself but has come to make several dark and questionable decisions for the good of her group. She is the only known female Atlanta camp survivor left.
- Scott Wilson as Hershel Greene, a religious former veterinarian and farmer, who is protective of his daughters. He maintains his faith despite many tragic events and acts as the group's primary moral compass as well as a surrogate father figure to Rick and Glenn.
- David Morrissey as Philip Blake / The Governor, former leader of the now-abandoned Woodbury and a primary threat to the prison community, and the primary antagonist for the first half of the fourth season, who is now calling himself "Brian Heriot". Having become alarmed of his cold ways he is attempting to redeem himself by caring for a family he encounters.
- Emily Kinney as Beth Greene, a soft-spoken teenage girl, Hershel's younger daughter, and Maggie's younger half-sister. Beth has become emotionally numb but is secretly still emotionally fragile, and later forms a bond with Daryl.
- Chad L. Coleman as Tyreese Williams, Sasha's peace-keeping older brother and one of the few survivors of Woodbury and Karen's boyfriend.
- Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha Williams, Tyreese's younger sister who is seemingly fiery, ruthless and cold but deep down is a compassionate young woman. She has also developed an attraction to Bob.
- Lawrence Gilliard Jr. as Bob Stookey, a former army medic who struggles to recover from alcoholism. He also develops an attraction to Sasha.
- Brighton Sharbino as Lizzie Samuels, a young girl who has joined the prison community and suffers from psychological problems.
- Kyla Kenedy as Mika Samuels, Lizzie's younger sister who has also joined the prison community.
- Sunkrish Bala as Dr. Caleb Subramanian, a doctor who has joined the prison community and is more commonly known as "Dr. S".
- Luke Donaldson as Luke, a young boy who has joined the prison community.
- Sherry Richards as Jeanette, a former Woodbury resident who has joined the prison community.
- Vincent Martella as Patrick, a young teenager who has joined the prison community.
- Melissa Ponzio as Karen, Tyreese's new love interest and the lone survivor of the Woodbury army massacre.
- Kennedy Brice as Molly, a young girl who develops a friendship with Lizzie, Mika, and Luke.
- Victor McCay as Ryan Samuels, Lizzie and Mika's father.
- Kyle Gallner as Zach, a survivor who has joined the prison community who forms a relationship with Beth.
- Alanna Masterson as Tara Chambler, a police academy attendee who was surviving with her family before encountering the Governor.
- Audrey Marie Anderson as Lilly Chambler, a former nurse, Meghan's mother, and Tara's sister, who develops a relationship with The Governor.
- Meyrick Murphy as Meghan Chambler, Lilly's daughter, who begins to see The Governor as a father figure.
- Jose Pablo Cantillo as Caesar Martinez, one of The Governor's most trusted allies, who leads a new group of survivors.
- Kirk Acevedo as Mitch Dolgen, a former tank operator who has joined Martinez's new group.
- Juliana Harkavy as Alisha, a former member of the army reserves who forms a relationship with Tara.
- Enver Gjokaj as Pete Dolgen, a member of Martinez's group and Mitch's brother.
- Michael Cudlitz as Sgt. Abraham Ford, a former soldier trying to get Eugene to Washington, D.C. so he can stop the outbreak.
- Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa, a young Hispanic woman who is Abraham's girlfriend.
- Josh McDermitt as Eugene Porter, a scientist claims to know what caused the outbreak and is being escorted by Abraham and Rosita to government officials in Washington, D.C.
- Jeff Kober as Joe, a leader of a small group of heavily-armed marauders called the "Claimers" who live by the philosophy of "claiming".
- Davi Jay as Tony, a member of Joe's group.
- Marcus Hester as Len, a member of Joe's group.
- Keith Brooks as Dan, a member of Joe's group.
- Denise Crosby as Mary, a resident of Terminus who greets survivors who arrive there.
- Andrew J. West as Gareth, the mysterious leader of Terminus.
- Tate Ellington as Alex, a member of Terminus.
- Kerry Condon as Clara, a mysterious woman Rick encounters in the forest.
- Robin Lord Taylor as Sam, a survivor encountered by Rick and Carol.
- Brina Palencia as Ana, a survivor traveling with Sam who is encountered by Rick and Carol.
- Aldis Hodge as Mike, Michonne's former boyfriend who appears in a flashback.
- Brandon Fobbs as Terry, Michonne's former friend who appears in a flashback.
Lennie James was initially reported to return as Morgan Jones, Rick's first human encounter in the apocalypse, however showrunner Scott M. Gimple confirmed that he would not appear in the fourth season, saying that he was misquoted. Despite this, Gimple stated that Morgan would return in later seasons. Morgan eventually returned in the show's fifth season.
A fourth season of the show, consisting of 16 episodes, was confirmed in December 2012. Production began in Senoia, Georgia on May 6, 2013. In July 2013, it was reported that David S. Goyer would be directing the penultimate episode of the season, however Goyer did not direct the episode due to scheduling conflicts. Greg Nicotero, who replaced Goyer, directed three episodes for the season, while Tricia Brock and Ernest Dickerson each directed two episodes. Michelle MacLaren returned this season to direct the season finale, after previously directing episodes in seasons one and two. Comic book co-creator Robert Kirkman wrote two episodes of the season. Filming was completed on November 23, 2013.
In an interview with showrunner Scott Gimple, he shares: "The ultimate inspiration for The Walking Dead is the comic book. Sometimes, we can go far away from the comic book story, but often we ultimately serve the comic book story. And even when we go far away from it, we're inspired by it - and the novels as well. And then beyond that, all of the great stuff that we have consumed along the way, from zombie movies to Star Wars to other comics to really highbrow movies like The Grand Illusion to Jaws. And also really, world history. The plague storyline was inspired by both Camus' The Plague and other stories about the plague I heard in Edinburgh. But really, it starts with the comic book."
Following the two previous web series in 2011 and 2012, another set of webisodes titled The Oath was released on October 1, 2013.
A third season of the live talk show aired alongside the fourth season of The Walking Dead.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|36||1||"30 Days Without an Accident"||Greg Nicotero||Scott M. Gimple||October 13, 2013||16.11|
|Rick's group has brought the survivors from Woodbury into the prison, and Rick has renounced leadership of the group. The prison has proven a safe haven for many months, while Michonne continues to search for the Governor, fearing his retribution. Patrick, one of new survivors comes down with a fatal illness, dies, and reanimates as a walker.|
|37||2||"Infected"||Guy Ferland||Angela Kang||October 20, 2013||13.95|
|The reanimated Patrick manages to attack other survivors in a cell block, and the group is forced to kill off those bitten and relocate the others to a different block. They discover a deadly flu strain, brought by pigs that Rick tried to raise, affecting some of the survivors and which killed Patrick, and isolate those infected, fearing they will reanimate when they die. Tyreese discovers his girlfriend Karen and her friend David, both considered infected, were killed and burnt by someone unknown.|
|38||3||"Isolation"||Dan Sackheim||Robert Kirkman||October 27, 2013||12.92|
|The illness continues to spread, and Hershel takes responsibly to stay with the infected to tend to them. Daryl leads a group to a nearby veterinary college to recover medicine to cure the illness, though en route, overhear a radio broadcast directing people to "sanctuary". Rick discovers Carol killed Karen and David, acting on her own but for the good of the survivors.|
|39||4||"Indifference"||Tricia Brock||Matthew Negrete||November 3, 2013||13.31|
|Daryl's group completes their run to the hospital, while Rick and Carol go scavenging for supplies at a local residential area. After trying to help a couple return to the prison, only to have the wife die and the husband disappear. Rick tells Carol that she cannot come back to the prison, and the two depart on separate ways.|
|40||5||"Internment"||David Boyd||Channing Powell||November 10, 2013||12.20|
|The infected survivors begin to succumb to the illness and reanimate as walkers, forcing the survivors to start to kill their friends, but Daryl's group returns in time for Hershel and Bob to help administer the medicine and cure the remaining infected. Carol's absence from the group is noticed, but Rick only confides in his choice to a select few. As the survivors recover and try to return to a regular routine, they are unaware they are being watched from afar by the Governor.|
|41||6||"Live Bait"||Michael Uppendahl||Nichole Beattie||November 17, 2013||12.00|
|In a flashback episode, the Governor is abandoned by Martinez and Shumpert following his attack on the prison. He sets Woodbury ablaze, and later encounters the Chamblers, Lilly, Tara, Lilly's daughter Meghan, and their dying father. He hides his identity while helping them to deal with their father, and the three opt to leave with him when he moves on. They come across another group of survivors - this being led by Martinez.|
|42||7||"Dead Weight"||Jeremy Podeswa||Curtis Gwinn||November 24, 2013||11.29|
|While still in flashback, Martinez recognizes the Governor has taken a new identity and privately explains how he found this new group and their arsenal of weapons. The Governor senses the group is weak, and with the power of their arsenal, believes he can secure the prison for a safe haven for the Chamblers. He kills Martinez and his right-hand man, taking charge of the group, and organizes the group to head to the prison. The Governor, observing the prison, sees Michonne and Hershel outside its fence, burning the corpses of the infected.|
|43||8||"Too Far Gone"||Ernest Dickerson||Seth Hoffman||December 1, 2013||12.05|
|The Governor captures Michonne and Hershel and challenges Rick and the others to abandon the prison. Though Rick offers co-existence, the Governor refuses and decapitates Hershel, and gunfire breaks out. In the midst of battle, Lilly rushes up to the Governor with the body of Meghan, who was bitten by a walker while playing. The Governor shoots Meghan to prevent her from reanimating and then orders a full-out assault of the prison, tearing through its fences and allowing a horde of walkers in. The survivors in the prison are forced to scatter when they no longer can hold down their defenses. At the same time, Rick and The Governor engage in a one-on-one brawl in which the latter gains the upper hand, only to be mortally stabbed by Michonne just before he can kill Rick. Rick escapes with Carl, while the near-death Governor is approached and executed by Lily.|
|44||9||"After"||Greg Nicotero||Robert Kirkman||February 9, 2014||15.76|
|Carl helps his injured father Rick as they flee the prison and fearful they have lost Lori's child. They take shelter in a suburban home, and Rick collapses from exhaustion. Carl scavenges nearby homes for supplies. Michonne, finding the prison overrun and no sign of the survivors, sets off on her own, but comes to an epiphany about her purpose, and follows Carl and Rick's trail, rejoining them at the home they have taken shelter at.|
|45||10||"Inmates"||Tricia Brock||Matthew Negrete & Channing Powell||February 16, 2014||13.34|
|Daryl helps to protect Beth as they flee and search for survivors. Tyreese, having saved Lori's child Judith, escorts young sisters Lizzie and Mika, and is soon joined by Carol. Maggie, Sasha and Bob find the bus from the prison, the survivors inside dead and reanimated as walkers, though Maggie is relieved that Glenn is not among them. Glenn, having been knocked unconscious at the prison, finds a frightened Tara and helps to lead her to safety, coming across Abraham, Eugene and Rosita in their travels.|
|46||11||"Claimed"||Seith Mann||Nichole Beattie & Seth Hoffman||February 23, 2014||13.12|
|As Rick, Carl and Michonne rest up, their home is discovered by a group of men called Claimers, and they are forced to abandon it, later finding signs towards "Terminus" along railroad tracks. Glenn and Tara learn that Abraham and Rosita are escorting Eugene to Washington, D.C. as he knows how to stop the walker outbreak once there.|
|47||12||"Still"||Julius Ramsay||Angela Kang||March 2, 2014||12.61|
|Beth continues to travel with Daryl, and becomes distraught she might die before having a drink of alcohol, something Hershel prevented her from having. After scavenging through a country club and only finding peach schnapps, Daryl takes her to a cabin he had found earlier that was used to make moonshine, and tells her that is a proper drink. As they get inebriated, Daryl sadly discusses his past and what Merle meant to him. They decide to burn down the cabin as a way of putting their past behind them.|
|48||13||"Alone"||Ernest Dickerson||Curtis Gwinn||March 9, 2014||12.65|
|While following signs to Terminus, Maggie, Sasha, and Bob come across an abandoned town which Sasha thinks they can settle down at. Maggie, still anxious about Glenn's fate, leaves on her own. Sasha and Bob have a change of mind, and follow Maggie, saving her from a horde of walkers and agreeing to continue with her. Daryl and Beth come across a church where they take refuge, but when the church is approached by walkers, Daryl covers for Beth's escape, during which she is captured by someone in a car with a white cross on its back windshield before Daryl can catch up. Daryl is suddenly captured by another group of men.|
|49||14||"The Grove"||Michael E. Satrazemis||Scott M. Gimple||March 16, 2014||12.87|
|Tyreese, Carol, Lizzie, Mika and Judith follow signs to Terminus and come across a cabin which they plan to take a few days of rest in. During this time, Tyreese and Carol find Lizzie has an unhealthy fascination with walkers. Later, after coming back with supplies, they find Lizzie has killed Mika and is about to kill Judith, hoping they will come back as walkers. Carol and Tyreese agree Lizzie is too dangerous to keep around, and Carol is forced to kill her. Carol opens up about having killed Tyreese's friend Karen, which he forgives her for. They leave the cabin and continue to Terminus.|
|50||15||"Us"||Greg Nicotero||Nichole Beattie & Seth Hoffman||March 23, 2014||13.47|
|Glenn, Tara, Abraham, Eugene and Rosita continue towards Terminus, and they find a sign by a tunnel written by Maggie to Glenn. Abraham fears the tunnel too dangerous but Glenn and Tara proceed. They are surrounded by walkers but saved by Maggie, Sasha, and Bob; the combined group continue to Terminus as a waypoint towards Washington, D.C. They find Terminus and are welcomed with open arms. Meanwhile, Daryl is forced to travel with the men that captured him, the same Claimers that Rick encountered, and learning they are on Rick's trail for having killed one of their own.|
|51||16||"A"||Michelle MacLaren||Scott M. Gimple & Angela Kang||March 30, 2014||15.68|
|The Claimers catch up to Rick, Carl, and Michonne. When the Claimers threaten to sexually assault Michonne and Carl, Rick breaks his restraints and with Daryl's help, kills the rest. The four continue towards Terminus, but Rick is wary and leaves their weapons hidden before they enter. Inside they are guided by Gareth, who welcomes them. Rick spots gear belonging to the other survivors and demands to know what is going on. Rick's group is forced into a boxcar at gunpoint where they join up with Glenn, Maggie, Sasha, Bob, Tara, Abraham, Eugene, and Rosita, all also captives of the Terminus residents. Rick asserts that they have picked the wrong people to mess with.|
The fourth season has been well received by critics. Based on 30 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, season 4 received an average 86% overall "Certified Fresh" approval rating; the website's consensus states, "Consistently thrilling, with solid character development and enough gore to please grindhouse fans, this season of The Walking Dead continues to demonstrate why it's one of the best horror shows on television". Metacritic gave the fourth season a score of 75 out of 100 based on 16 reviews.
For the 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards, the series was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series. Melissa McBride received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for the 4th Critics' Choice Television Awards. For the 40th Saturn Awards, the series won for Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series, Melissa McBride won for Best Supporting Actress on Television, and Chandler Riggs won for Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series. The series also received two nominations for the 66th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series and Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role.
|1||"30 Days Without an Accident"||October 13, 2013||8.2||16.11|
|2||"Infected"||October 20, 2013||7.1||13.95|
|3||"Isolation"||October 27, 2013||6.8||12.92|
|4||"Indifference"||November 3, 2013||6.8||13.31|
|5||"Internment"||November 10, 2013||6.2||12.20|
|6||"Live Bait"||November 17, 2013||6.0||12.00|
|7||"Dead Weight"||November 24, 2013||5.7||11.29|
|8||"Too Far Gone"||December 1, 2013||6.1||12.05|
|9||"After"||February 9, 2014||8.2||15.76|
|10||"Inmates"||February 16, 2014||6.8||13.34|
|11||"Claimed"||February 23, 2014||6.6||13.12|
|12||"Still"||March 2, 2014||6.4||12.61|
|13||"Alone"||March 9, 2014||6.3||12.65|
|14||"The Grove"||March 16, 2014||6.4||12.87|
|15||"Us"||March 23, 2014||6.7||13.47|
|16||"A"||March 30, 2014||8.0||15.68|
Home media releases
The fourth season was released on region 1/A DVD and Blu-ray on August 26, 2014. It was also released in limited edition Blu-ray packaging, a replica of the tree walker (featured in the episode "Isolation"), designed by Greg Nicotero and sculpted by McFarlane Toys. Special features include "Inside The Walking Dead" and "The Making of The Walking Dead" featurettes for every episode; six other featurettes titled, "Drawing Inspiration", "Hershel", "The Governor is Back", "Society, Science & Survival", "Inside KNB Studios" and "A Journey Back to Brutality"; deleted scenes from eight episodes; and audio commentaries on six episodes; and two extended episodes. Also, the final line of the season is uncensored, with Rick saying "They're fucking with the wrong people."
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