‘Walking Dead’ Season 4 Finale Pushes Rick to ‘the Absolute Limit,’ Says Producer (Exclusive Photos)

'Walking Dead' Season 4 Finale Pushes Rick to 'the Absolute Limit,' Says Producer (Exclusive Photos)

Executive producer Robert Kirkman promises an intense season-ender

The producers behind AMC's “The Walking Dead” want to push the hit zombie drama's characters and fans over the edge with its high-stakes Season 4 finale.

And that's certainly how things appear in TheWrap's exclusive photos from Sunday's season-ender. While the photos beg more questions than they answer, fans could conclude that Terminus may not be the Promised Land it appears to be.

Also read: ‘Walking Dead’ Shocker: Did They Have to Do That?

In case you're still optimistic about the future for Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Michonne (Danai Gurira) and the gang, executive producer Robert Kirkman warns that there will be blood, especially where Rick is involved.

“This is Rick Grimes being pushed to his absolute limit,” Kirkman told Entertainment Weekly, implying that Rick's flirtation with madness on Season 3 was just a taste.

See photos: ‘Walking Dead’ Season 4 Finale: Remembering This Year's Body Count 

“If you think you've seen that before, you haven't,” Kirkman said. “And the Rick Grimes that comes out of this is really going to shock people.”

See our first look photos above and below. Plus, watch the latest trailer below.

Are you excited about the Season 4 finale of “The Walking Dead”? Tell us in the comments below.

“The Walking Dead” Season 4 finale airs Sunday at 9/8c on AMC.  

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  • Monterey Dean

    “If you think you've seen that before, you haven't,” Kirkman said.

    Well, that's good news. ‘Cause otherwise, this'll be my last season. It's the same stuff, over and over and over and over. And how long have they been doing this now? I mean, all those canned goods have expiration dates too. And … a little help here … is there a reason to care about any of the characters? If so, please, please let me know why.

    • nothingman

      Do us all a favor and stop now.

      • grisi

        Yes stop love walking dead!!

        • Jayson Murphy

          Well, very well sealed food can easily last for 7 years. I worked at a salmon factory that vacuumed sealed so well… they claimed it could last for 13 years, but to be on the safe side with FDA they choose a much lower expiration date.

          • DR

            Back in the old days – I'm talking about my grandparents that lived through the great depression – they knew that a bulging can of food meant it was spoiled. Otherwise if it didn't smell bad, they ate it, and they both lived very long lives. Only ignorant people need expiration dates.

  • Emma

    omg i think if the world is swarming with zombies i dont think id be checking for expiration dates id be munching it no matter what, youre obviously not a fan but we are so dont hate on the walking dead!!!

    • Chris

      Quite possibly the dumbest statement ever made. You would die over botulism rather than zombies. Smart move.

  • Jazmin Dalton

    Does this finally mean Rick get his hand cut off

    • Richard deforest

      I don't think he gets his hand cut off I think that was only in the comics but they might I think it would suck my question is in the pile there who gets swarmed and dies?

      • Georg

        The only person it even looks similar to is Carol.

    • Rhys Smith

      Kirkman has said that chopping Rick's hand off was the worst mistake he ever made in the comics. It impairs the character too much.
      I don't see it happening.

  • Valerie L.

    “The Rick Grimes that comes out of this will be like you have never seen before” (paraphrasing) is the most positive thing I have read so far about Rick still being alive by the end of season 4, though it makes me think the only thing that can send him even more over the edge will be Carl's death…or Rick having to shoot Carl *gasp*.

    • Slade-Villamor

      Though I never read the comics, I have read from a reader's post that the marauders tried to rape Carl. I think there's a big possibility that this will be the one that will cause Rick to fly in a rage just like in the comics.

  • Matt Logan

    Rick is the safeest of all , way to early in the series to kill off the star . doesnt mean many will fall . I expect at least two big deaths , Bob can die he is minor . Carl he has ot be safe already had our fill of dead children . Sasha Tyresse Carol all in danger (these are my guesses ) Daryl way to popualr to die .. michonne stil ltoo early

    • phil davidson

      Terminus is full of cannibals people who eat the living.

      • rubystory

        its been rumored that beth is at terminus….being eaten. what about something horrible happening to Judith?

        • geob

          I've heard that it's Beth on that grill as well. I hope not. They're just starting to develop her character and I don't think she should go just yet…

    • Caption Oblivious

      0 deaths in finale.

  • norma

    they can't kill carl calm your titties

  • Paige

    I could be completely wrong, but when I saw the expression on Denise Crosby's face at the end of the episode last week, my first guess was that Terminus is a trap and people are being imprisoned there and used for food. I hope I'm wrong as that is just getting a bit too gross for me. Also it they kill of Carl, I'm not going to watch anymore, so there! :)

  • Benjamin Roussey

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  • Benjamin Roussey

    I will be watching this online for sure.

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    • kat

      WTF when did this become about politics this is about the DEAD so take that sh** somewhere else please

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  • Benjamin Roussey

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  • Benjamin Roussey

    World War Z is more medical, a virus is the culprit. I believe this show is more biblical.