As much as we’d like to say we have some inside knowledge behind the scenes of AMC’s The Walking Dead, we don’t. Everything in this article is just our speculation based on what we know from either the comic or what we’ve seen in the series so far.
One thing we know is that the mid-season break is usually a high body count episode. Given the fact that the teasers for season 4’s half-way episode have shown the Governor at the gates of the prison with a tank and the previous episode ended with the Michone in the Governor’s sights, it’s a pretty safe bet that somebody is going to die.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say my first guess is the Governor himself. As those who’ve read the comics know, the Governor dies during an assault on the prison. Although the television version veers from the original source material, I think killing the Governor makes sense from a story point. In the comic, the assault that ends with the death of the Governor also leaves the prison overrun with walkers, forcing the survivors into the uncertainty of life on the road once more. It would be a perfect cliff-hanger to break the season on.
My theory about the Governor meeting his demise is also based, in part, on the heavy dose of character development he’s seen. As we’ve seen numerous times in the past, when a lesser-developed character gets a notable bump screen time, it’s usually followed by their demise. T-Dog and Axel both come to mind.
Aside from the Governor, my predictions for character deaths include Hershel, Beth and/or Glenn — in that order.
Herschel also got the heavy-duty development this season with an episode that featured him heavily. He’s also been exposed to the deadly swine flu. Finally, he’s standing next to Michone and could just as easily be gunned downed in the opening scene Sunday.
Beth is still an underdeveloped character, but that could make her an easy target for writers to pick off without upsetting fans. She could essentially be Season 4’s Jimmy or Patricia. It should also be noted that Beth does not exist in the comic, but that the characters she replaced (Hershel’s daughters other than Maggie) were all dead by the time the group left the prison. In addition, Emily Kinney, the actress who plays Beth, has remained very active in pursuit of a music career. This could be taken as an indication that she doesn’t have a long-term commitment to the show.
Glenn is essentially the opposite of Beth in that he’s a well-developed character whose death would serve as a major blow to the show’s fan-base. Producers and writers have shown in the past that they are not afraid to take out someone the fans like if it moves the story in a direction they want to go. In the comics, Glenn lives much longer, but other characters in the show (like Dale and Andrea) have died earlier than their print counterparts.