The Walking Dead is notorious for the brutal methods in which fan-favorites are done away with – especially when it comes to season finales. And with creator Robert Kirkman telling Entertainment Weekly recently that the season finale will “shock people” we can’t help but wonder what he has in store.
[Warning: Mild Spoilers Ahead]
At the end of the last Walking Dead episode, there was reason for hope as Maggie and Glenn were tearfully reunited on their way to Terminus. Speaking of which, the happy couple, joined by Sasha, Bob, Tara and new friends Abraham, Eugene and Rosita all finally made their way to the much hyped Terminus, a supposed safe haven for all who enter. But with the “Claimers” in pursuit of Rick Grimes and his crew, Kirkman reveals that this storyline will come to a shocking conclusion:
“This is Rick Grimes being pushed to his absolute limit. And if you think you’ve seen that before, you haven’t. And the Rick Grimes that comes out of this is really going to shock people.”
Meanwhile show runner Scott Gimple recently echoed those thoughts to the Hollywood Reporter when he said:
“It’s pretty deadly. There will be some very difficult, shaking moments for these characters. Everything they know is shaken.”
Even cast members from The Walking Dead are revealing their angst over the potential bloodshed that awaits at Terminus. Michael Cudlitz, who plays the enigmatic Abraham, told the Hollywood Reporter: “The season finale is pretty damn bloody. It’s bloody and deadly.”
Bloody and deadly usually leaves fans of The Walking Dead nervous as fan favorites like Daryl Dixon, played by Norman Reedus, or even Rick Grimes himself are apt to be killed at any point. During the mid-season finale, Herschel had his head severed by the Governor just before a bloody battle lay waste to their prison home. The resulting carnage scattered our heroes into several smaller groups who’ve spent the remainder of season four trying to reunite. But with only one episode left, creator Robert Kirkman hints that a possible cliffhanger may be in store, driving fans up the wall even more:
“We’re definitely going to being bringing things to another level. And the anticipation for the next season after this finale is unfortunately going to be a lot more heightened than it has been between any other season. So it’s going to be a rough summer for Walking Dead fans waiting for us to come back in the fall.”
The Walking Dead season four finale airs Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. on AMC.