The showrunner breaks down season four’s deadly mid-season finale and previews what’s to come when the AMC zombie drama returns in February. Since the interview features a lot of questions, most not specific to Andrew or his character, I have chosen a few questions that are about him or are somewhat associated with him. To read the entire interview, you can click the link at the bottom.
Rick and Carl (Chandler Riggs) presume baby Judith is dead. There’s a lot of blood in that car seat. Is she really dead?
There are a lot of walkers around there as well. It did not look good, and I don’t want to say one way or another but what you see tells a story.
How will Rick handle his grief this time? We presume he won’t see visions of Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) or give up his gun again.
This is an unthinkable amount of loss: Hershel, Judith and the prison. Of course it’s going to affect him unbelievably, and it’s a huge part of the story we’re moving into. He’s definitely not going to see visions of Lori. This is a different loss and will affect him differently. When he lost Lori, he was at a place surrounded by fences with brick buildings. One could argue that he had time to mourn or deal with it — or not [deal with it] as he did. He’s messed up physically from that fight with the Governor and now he’s off in the world, that’s where we left him. He’s in a very different situation, where there’s going to be some very direct demands upon him of survival.
The group was forced out of the prison and is on the road again. Where do they go from here?
I can’t say. If you know the comic, there are a lot of differences from the comic that we do and a lot of differences that we have to do. There’s going to be a lot of familiar stuff, brand-new stuff and remixed stuff. There are some things where you will totally know them and hopefully be expecting them, and then there will be stuff that’s brand-new that you have no idea if it’s coming but it will circle around to moments from the comic. It’s very much like these eight. Comic fans once again will absolutely see a lot of iconic moments.
Will there be a time jump when season four resumes in February?
Not much! There’s a lot that happens after the prison. Everyone seems pretty scattered. There’s a lot to tell in the aftermath of what just happened.
Season three moved at a breakneck pace, but season four was more of a slower, character exploration. Will the back half of season four have the same pacing as the first eight episodes?
The back half of the season has a wildly different structure to it. It’s a very different set of stories, and it’s very unlike the first half of the season. I can’t say without giving stuff up, but it’s very different. The same story priorities apply; there’s a lot of character exploration but in a very different way. In some ways, the story moves quicker but in a really different manner. As soon as you see the first episode, you’ll figure out why and how. Episode 10 [the second one in February] has a super unusual structure that I’m very excited for people to see. It’s very different than the first half.