The Walking Dead Mid-Season Finale Will Be Pretty Deadly According To Robert Kirkman

In a new interview with The Holllywood ReporterThe Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman said that the series' upcoming midseason finale will likely be a bloodbath.

"This confrontation is definitely going to be substantially different from the confrontation with The Governor or Gareth," Kirkman told them of the upcoming attack on Grady Memorial Hospital. "We do continue to evolve these human-to-human conflicts in very interesting ways and this is no different. There's going to be some pretty unexpected events in our midseason finale, which is as it should be. On scale of one to 10, I'd say [the midseason finale is] pretty deadly."

That's not particularly surprising to anyone who has been paying attention to midseason- and season finales for the last few years; the series prides itself on the notion that no character is safe, and at no point is that danger more immediate than when they're about to take a few weeks off to let the audience process it.

Of course, there's also a world of difference between The Governor and Gareth. The Governor attacked the prison while Rick's group of survivors was unaware, killing one series regular and setting in motion events that would result in the death of nearly every minor player introduced in the first half of Season Four. Gareth launched his attack without the element of surprise and his group was slaughtered with a minimal loss of life on the part of Rick's group; Bob Stookey died in the attack, but he was already "tainted meat" and wouldn't have made it out of the episode anyway.

The attack on Dawn and her group at the hospital would be different even just by necessity: this time, it's Rick and his group going on the offensive. You could argue that was the case at the church with Gareth's group, but those characters believed they were the invaders and had prepared a battle plan. Presumably, as long as Rick and company don't lose the element of surprise, Dawn's group won't know there's an invasion coming at all and will only have the weapons they typically carry on them and the plans they usually have in place for such contingencies.

Parsing out that quote, it also seemingly confirms what had been widely assumed: that next week's attack on the hospital will not end the storyline, and that the midseason finale will be where that story is resolved.

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  1. I think Beth and Carol will survive.  Otherwise, the attack on the hospital would be pointless.  Dawn will not survive.  (She is too anal to be living in the woods with the group).  But, I suspect she will hit a few random people before she goes down.  As far as main group characters, you really have to figure out who is most expendable as far as the story progression goes.  My opinion is it will be either Rosita, Eugene, or Tyrese on the chopping block.  Tyrese has lost his edge since Lizzie and Mika.  He's worthless at this point.  Eugene had only one reason to live, and that lie was exposed, so his usefulness is done.  Rosita is a bit part, so therefore useless.  Another option might be Tara as well, although I can see them developing a deeper storyline for her heading into Alexandria.

  2. I think that Carol will die this time. Beth is already a strong canditate. Onless, this Robert Kirkman, ass kills off Darel... You never know in the walking dead. Still the Rick coma theory seems so cool ... would like to know how is the Series going to end. What will really happen? will they all eventually die> will there be hope? I do think that ther series put quite well the eveilness of the human being allways will be bad, no matter where or when, will always be the same.. what.

  3. Carol will not die but I believe Beth will die. And I believe she will be the only death in the group for the midseason finale.

  4. unfortunately, i think it's Carol who's going to die too. I'd love for that not to be true, but the way she's been since Rick told her not to come back to the group, and now the filling in of that backstory, i think she'll either sacrifice herself for someone else, or she'll slip up and get killed. If this last one dpesn't happen, I'm thinking she could pull through at the last moment, while Noah and/or most of the hospital crew will be wiped out. When they say it's going to be "deadly" and "a bloodbath", it's usually not the main characters we're thinking, but of course they love to change that up on us, too. 

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