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[TV] Who Returns In “The Walking Dead” Season 4? A Look At Night’s Finale!

The third season of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is finally complete, and it’s kind of amazing to reflect back and realize that we’re already looking ahead to Season 4.

Before we get to some news about next season, below you’ll find a trio of behind-the-scenes looks at the making of the finale, “Welcome to the Tombs.” ” In the episode, Rick and the group have to seriously consider if the prison is worth defending as the Governor’s impending attack looms over their heads.

As for October’s return, the Hollywood Reporter writes that David Morrissey will return as a series regular as The Governor. The British actor initially signed on for a one-season role to play the famed villain from the comics created by Robert Kirkman on which the TV series is based. In the Image/Skybound comics, the Governor fails to survive a brutal showdown at the prison with Rick.

What are your thoughts on how the season ended? What would you have done differently, if anything?



  • djblack1313

    very good ep! i didn’t know who would die and who wouldn’t. i was VERY VERY surprised that XXXXXX died tonight!! i didn’t expect that. it actually had me in tears. i’ll her or him (i’m trying not to spoil it!). i can’t wait for someone to get their comeuppance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • WalkingDeadGuy

    Great episode, even though I was expecting an epic bloody showdown between the Governor and Rick, I’m perfectly satisfied with the more emotional road they took us tonight. With the governor still alive, we now have all summer long to think about what he will do to seek his vengeance; the man is ruthless.

    …Oh, and Carl’s story line on tonight’s episode was brilliant. That little bastard is the new Shane. Bring on season 4!!!

  • Natobomb

    Ugh, respect to those who enjoyed tonight’s episode, but am I the only one who saw this finale as a copout? Season 3 was building itself up as hands down the best season yet, but after tonight, again I’m left with a retrospective look back seeing nothing but a few good moments strewn about yet another season of blandness. Whenever we had a great episode, another two boring ones were always sure to follow, and again a consistant entertainment was never achieved. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, maybe I’m being a bitter “But the comic is better!” type of fan, but meh. Take the show or leave it, I officially won’t be tuning in every Sunday anymore. If I catch it I catch it, but if not, certainly not the end of the world to me.

    • djblack1313

      Nato, i understand where you’re coming from. i’m not in love with this show any more but i still enjoy it overall. scenes like the prolonged Andrea trying to get the pliers with her feet…blech. lol.

      after several of my formerly fave shows have derailed this season (SUBURGATORY, REVENGE, etc) i’m happy TWD hasn’t. i still enjoy it…for now! LOL

  • Evad

    The finale was the weakest link in an otherwise very strong season. Part of the problems I had with this season, and the one’s before it, is the fact that Andrea is a weak character portrayed by a bad actress. She should have died at the CDC. And it was terrible writing that she didn’t.

    She’s a selfish bitch whose whole ‘I didn’t want anyone to die’ literally caused more than a dozen deaths. With all thats happened to these characters over the years, she should have known better. I’m glad that she’s dead. I was more upset with Milton’s death to be honest.

    • weresmurf

      Agreed. I’ve liked season 3 all up, episodes 12 – 15 were surprisingly strong. Especially episodes 13 and 15 which were done by the new showrunner Scott Gimple, the main reason season 4 has my interest piqued. Tonight though was a letdown for me, I felt it would have been better served as a midseason finale, then the final scene… *SPOILER*

      The Governor has taken off from Woodbury… Rick and co. went to Woodbury, a safe, secure place. Then bring all the people back to the ruined, zombie infested Prison??? Really??? Stupid move. Bad writing. Seriously bad.

      And where was Tyrese??? Asides wandering around Woodbury declaring his fencesitting… Such a potentially useful character and he’s been relegated to complete uselessness this season.

  • ThunderDragoon

    *SPOILERS AHEAD* As a whole, I loved this season. Now, as a season finale, I thought it was very weak and anti-climactic. I couldn’t believe that The Governor didn’t get killed. They’re really gonna drag that character into season 4? Seems very boring and just seems like lazy writing. I’m glad that Andrea finally got killed off because I wanted her dead since Emma Bell’s character died instead of her. The episode did not feel like a season finale at all. With that said, though, this episode was better than most of season 2 so I really shouldn’t complain. The time it takes to wait until October is going to go by so slowly! If they’re smart, they’ll kill off The Governor in the first episode of season 4.

    • Taboo

      You said exactly how I felt about this ep and season. I was sad about Andrea’s death though even though I saw it coming. I am hopeful for season 4 now that Scott Gimple is the new showrunner (Which means Michone will get more screentime, yay). Ohhhh and I HOPE he kills off the gov like in the very first episode of next season. He needs to..

  • undertaker78

    Why oh why did they have to kill my favorite character! I was let down a little bit because I hyped myself up beyond belief but it was still pretty good.

  • PatrickxJonathan

    I’m done with this show for good after tonight’s “finale”. I’m just going to stick to the comics.

  • truchainsaw28

    It wasa good episode. Very sad but a little disappointing. Iwish they would do a 90 min r 2 hr finale I always feel a bit cheated especially when they shorten things up concerning a major characters demise.

  • wildgator25

    As an avid reader of the comics and novels, I have to say I was disappointed as well. I think that is was mainly on my part that I set myself up for an ending that didn’t happen.

    However, with the way they left the show “hanging” at the end, so to speak…. I could see some of the small story lines from the comics coming into play next season. With some decent writing, season 4 could shine…. but, it could turn into a turd real quick as well.

    On a side note, since I live so close to Atlanta, I plan on taking the Zombie tour sometime this summer. I hope to get to visit where they are filming and (maybe) get a peek at some of next season’s ideas/set-pieces? Woo hoo!

  • K-Dogg

    I was kind of unhappy with the finale, thought it was retarded that they bring all these people back to the prison, and now little Carl is annoying all over again. I also think we got cheated on a true final showdown that was teased all season long, only to drag it out to next year. Also wanted to add that even though I found myself rooting for Andrea to make it to the prison the week before, they ran out of options of what to do with this character that the writers completely screwed up a long time ago, that they pretty much had to kill her .

  • djblack1313

    i love Laurie Holden and i love her Andrea but i’m also thinking she wanted to leave the show. some fucking lame ass psychotic TWD fans, who can’t tell the difference between Laurie Holden and Andrea, sent her death threats over things HER CHARACTER DID.
    a decent sized chunk of TWD (tv show at least) fans are fucking idiots.

    to be that immature/insane to sent AN ACTRESS WHO’S ONLY DOING HER JOB/WHAT THE WRITERS ARE TELLING HER TO DO death threats is really sad. i look forward to seeing Holden in other projects. she’s a great actress.

    • coldblood

      I heard that too and that is really sad. What kind of shit is that where people can’t tell the difference between a tv show and real life?

      And if the Governor was killed by Andrea, the show wouldn’t have a friggin’ villian now – and then what the hell would it be like.

      I wish Laurie the best, she was great on that show.

    • K-Dogg

      Yeah, I loved Holden in The X-Files as the informant for a couple of seasons, and she’s great in The Mist, I can’t believe there truly are idiots out there that would do these things, fucking morons.

  • ItsMorphinTime

    What a HORRIBLE finale! Compared to last season, this was a joke!

  • Voorhees83

    This show seems to be a love or hate type show. The finale is also love or hate. To me, there seems to be a lot of crybabies who wanted a predictable finale and are calling it quits because they didn’t get their way. They wanted a bloodier war. One person said why didn’t the group go to Woodbury where it’s safe and secure. Well, is it really much more safe then the prison? Not to mention it’s the Governor’s home. Also, the group already decided that the prison was there home. So why cry about it and say it’s bad writing? As far as the finale, I thought it was great. I was hoping that we’d get another season at the prison with the Governor still alive. We’ll there ever be a tv show or movie that everyone agrees on?

  • Infect

    As an episode it was pretty good, but as a finale it was weak.
    They built the entire season up to a big war which didn’t happen, and no resolutions, so I think it’s natural people felt let down. The prison/Governor was really starting to feel stretched out with the last few episodes, and they’re running with that in Season 4 too?
    I think the popularity of the show is starting to catch up to the producers in a negative way. That finale played it safe. It feels like instead of writing a good show that can go anywhere, they’re scared to move. Scared of potential backlashes and breaking down the wall of popularity for bold moves? Maybe.

  • Voorhees83

    To have the Governor killed off in the finale and only last 1 season would have been predictable and just like everything else. Isn’t he a major character in the comics? Not to mention the group was at the prison for a long time. I don’t think the Governor is being stretched out at all. In fact, we are seeing the dark roots of the Governor grow bigger and bigger. In my opinion, he’s only just begun. To say the season built up to a big war which didn’t happen. All I have to say is the war isn’t over yet.

  • Voorhees83

    I also want to add that I think the finale was left to make us feel wonder and curiosity and less resolution. Do things always have to be resolved in the finale?

  • wildgator25

    It’s been so long since I read the Governor’s storyline in the comics that I had forgotten that he actually made 2 trips to the prison. This would somewhat make sense in that he is retreating to find more firepower for the second (and final) visit. After thinking a little more about it, next season could be pretty good after all if we get to see the Governor completely lose it!

  • viking1983

    the finale was a lesson in how not to end a season, very dissapointing except for the death of andrea but they even sugarcoated that to try and make people feel sorry for a character most people hated, so glad shes gone

    • djblack1313

      i’m only glad Andrea is gone so that the horrible, whiny TWD crowd (viking1983, i’m not saying this is you!) won’t be kvetching about her again and again. Holden deserves better.

  • Black335

    One of the best things about the comic is the unpredictability. Last nights episode was not what I expected…
    and thank God(of your choice) for that…
    Isn’t there enough predictability in entertainment, especially the horror genre? Honestly there are more unexpected moments in a Katy Perry song than in the average modern horror film.
    I’d rather be surprised, even if it’s not what I wanted to happen.

  • Zombie-Killa

    Eh, I’m late to the party, but I guess I’ll throw in my two cents and shit.

    I thought last night’s episode was good….but that’s kind of the problem for me. It was a good episode, not a finale, IMO. I dunno. It just felt kind of weak. Merle’s death was a lot more gut wrenching for me, especially the way they did it, with Darryl having to be the one, who put his brother down for good. I always liked Andrea, and she was one of my favorite characters, but her exit just felt so anticlimactic.

    BUT I will give AMC credit for the “fake-out.” The commercial break before Andrea broke free was PERFECT timing. I SERIOUSLY thought she had made it, and killed the guy (forget his name)…..and then they showed the HUGE chunk of missing flesh from her neck minutes later.

    And The Governor’s shooting spree against his own people… My jaw dropped, because I just couldn’t believe it. Truly a shocking moment, and I LOVED The Governor’s diabolical “kill or die…or die and kill” speech. I don’t have the knowledge of the comics, but The Governor really lost his shit after his daughter’s death (for the second time, I guess), and the fucked up eye didn’t help anything.

    All in all, I enjoyed season 3, but I still think season 2 is the best season overall. But I’ll admit, me having season 2 on DVD and continuously watching it helps a lot. lol.

  • Nothing333

    Well season 3 was a hell of a lot better than season 2. Still not great tv but good enough tv to keep watching.

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