Published On: Tue, Dec 3rd, 2013

Creator Robert Kirkman explains ‘The Walking Dead’ season 4 midseason finale, losing the ‘moral compass’ and The Governor

Chaos may be the best way to explain the events in the mid-season finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Creator Robert Kirkman gave a spoiler filled back story and discussion on the events, so don’t continue if you haven’t viewed the show yet.

Kirkman discussed the shocking events with EW, beginning with the loss of the group’s moral compass.

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“[Hershel] was the moral compass of the group and it’s always good to lose the moral compass. It will all become clear when we finally show you the back half of season 4. It wasn’t enough for these characters to lose the prison. They also had to feel some kind of loss over something important and Hershel (Scott Wilson) was that thing that was important to each and every character, so it made the most sense to take him off the table and see how it affects the characters, which we’ll see when we come back in a bit. So there’s a lot of cool stuff ahead because of that.”

The graphic death traumatized fans, but Kirkman adds more to explain why The Governor (David Morrissey) executes him over Michonne.

“Well, there’s two things: I don’t think he knew that things were going to spiral out of control the way they did right after he killed Hershel so it’s entirely possible that he had a much more horrible plan for Michonne,” said Kirkman. He continued, “But two, because of that exchange between Hershel and the Governor in the trailer, and because of Rick’s comments mirroring a lot of what Hershel said, I think the Governor got the sense that this was the guy that was advising Rick and kind of represented the whole “we can all live together in harmony” attitude, and that’s the guy you want to take off the table just to show this is not what’s happening. I’m going to take this prison.”

Finally, the loss of the prison creates a whole new world of uncertainty.

“It’s pretty emotional. I definitely do have some pieces from that place that I pocketed as we were tearing it down, so it’s a big deal,” said Kirkman on saying goodbye to the shooting location. He added, “But The Walking Dead moves on. That’s what we do. We didn’t stay at the farm. We’re not staying at the prison. We’re always going to be going to new and cool and interesting dangerous places.”

Check out the full interview HERE

The Walking Dead will return to AMC on February 9, 2014.

David Morrissey as The Governor The Walking Dead season 4


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