When we left Rick, Carl and the rest of survivors at the end of the mid-season finale back in December, things were far from being peachy. Everyone was scattered, the prison was in ruins, the walkers were taking over and a slew of familiar faces were maimed, dead or, in most cases, both.
There are still a few weeks until the show comes back, but already series creator Robert Kirkman is teasing events that will happen. He’s not naming specific events, but Kirkman recently told TV Guide that season four of the show will likely have a happy ending rather than an aggressively depressing one like we’ve seen before.
“We started the season pretty hopeful and pretty optimistic. We’ll open our last half of the season pretty bleak and we’ll move them to something a little more hopeful by the end.”
No one is clear on what this means exactly, as a happy ending to the season could still end up being depressing on paper but happy in context. If everyone dies but someone miraculously escapes, that’s a happy ending with the backdrop of horrific depression, but the reverse could be true and the happy ending could be pure.
This sort of a twisted happy ending could come in the form of an evil character dying. For example, the midseason finale was full of chaos and depression, but The Governor — one of the most evil characters in recent television history — met his demise which was a small victory for viewers tired of his antics throwing everyone into turmoil.
The Walking Dead will return in Feburary and wrap up with the “happy” season finale later in the spring.