The Walking Dead (season 4)

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The Walking Dead (season 4)
Walking Dead S4 Poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes16
Broadcast
Original channelAMC
Original runOctober 13, 2013 (2013-10-13) – present
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List of The Walking Dead episodes
 
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The Walking Dead (season 4)
Walking Dead S4 Poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes16
Broadcast
Original channelAMC
Original runOctober 13, 2013 (2013-10-13) – present
Season chronology
← Previous
Season 3
Next →
Season 5
List of The Walking Dead episodes

The fourth season of AMC's television series The Walking Dead premiered on October 13, 2013, to consist of 16 episodes.[1] The series is based on the series of comic books of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard; it was developed for television by Frank Darabont, and is executive produced by Kirkman, Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotero, and Gale Anne Hurd. Gimple assumed the role of showrunner after the departure of Glen Mazzara at the conclusion of the previous season.[2] The season introduces the notable comic characters Abraham Ford, Eugene Porter, Rosita Espinosa, and Bob Stookey.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

The fourth season features nine actors receiving opening credits billing, all returning from the previous season. Melissa McBride and Scott Wilson are added to the opening credits, after previously being credited as "also starring". Credited as "also starring" are Emily Kinney, Chad Coleman and Sonequa Martin-Green (who are promoted from recurring status)[3] and Larry Gilliard, Jr., who joins the main cast.[4]

Recurring cast[edit]

Production[edit]

A fourth season of the show, consisting of 16 episodes, was confirmed in December 2012.[13] Production began in Senoia, Georgia on May 6, 2013.[14] David S. Goyer is set to direct the penultimate episode of the season.[15][16] Greg Nicotero, Tricia Brock, and Ernest Dickerson will direct multiple episodes, while Michelle MacLaren will return this season to direct the season finale, after previously directing episodes in season one and two.[16] Comic book co-creator Robert Kirkman is also set to write at least two episodes of the season.[16]

Webisodes[edit]

Following the two previous web series in 2011 and 2012, another set of webisodes titled The Oath was released on October 1, 2013.[17]

Talking Dead[edit]

A third season of the live talk show airs alongside the fourth season of The Walking Dead.[18]

Episodes[edit]

No.#TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
361"30 Days Without an Accident"Greg NicoteroScott M. GimpleOctober 13, 2013 (2013-10-13)16.11[19]
After renouncing leadership and taking in the remaining Woodbury citizens, Rick has resigned into farming and taking care of pigs, one of which appears sick. Rick also refuses to carry guns, in hopes of being a better example to his son, Carl. The prison has become an ideal and peaceful location for the survivors, who manage to keep walkers from entering. Michonne continues to search for the Governor and plans to search for him next in Macon. While out in the woods to clear snares, Rick finds a tattered woman named Clara and becomes suspicious. Rick converses with her about her life and her husband. At her camp, Clara attempts and fails to kill Rick to feed her zombified husband and stabs herself to join him as a walker. Daryl leads a small group, including former army medic Bob Stookey and Beth's new boyfriend Zach, on a supply run to a retail store. When Bob causes an accident in the store, walkers pour in from the roof, and Zach is killed when he is bitten by walkers. When the group returns to the prison, Daryl informs Beth of Zach's demise; Beth does not display emotion, saying that she no longer cries and instead decides to be happy she got to know him. Patrick, Carl's friend who has become ill, collapses and dies in the shower rooms, and reanimates as a walker. 
372"Infected"Guy FerlandAngela KangOctober 20, 2013 (2013-10-20)13.94[20]
The reanimated Patrick proceeds to devour multiple people in his cell block, turning them into walkers as well. The walkers at the fences have multiplied after someone is revealed to have been feeding them with rats. The walkers inside the prison proliferate as the inhabitants evacuate the primary cell block, although the walkers, including Patrick, are quickly killed by the rest of the survivors. Carol takes care of a man, Ryan Samuels, whose children are Lizzie and Mika, and he realizes he has been bitten in the arm and neck. Ryan, coming to terms with his imminent death, asks Carol to take care of his children, while Carol decides to bring his children to him to say goodbye. She comforts the girls and encourages them to stay strong. Rick and Daryl discover that Patrick has been killed by an aggressive flu strain that causes the infected person to choke on his own blood. The survivors decide to quarantine those who might be infected to prevent the virus from spreading. The outer fence of the prison is about to give way to the walkers, and the group tries to hold off the undead, discovering the rats in the process. Rick drives out the walkers by reluctantly feeding them his pigs, which are deemed to be possible hosts for the new virus. As Rick scraps his pig pen, Carl discloses to his father that Carol has been teaching the children how to use weapons. Rick gives Carl back his gun, disappointed that his attempt to live a quiet life has failed. Tyreese visits his girlfriend, Karen, who had been infected; he is horrified when he discovers two burnt bodies, one of them Karen's. 
383"Isolation"Dan SackheimRobert KirkmanOctober 27, 2013 (2013-10-27)12.92[21]
The unknown virus continues to spread, killing more people and infecting others, including Sasha, Glenn and Lizzie. Tyreese is furious about Karen's death, and attacks Daryl and Rick in frustration, causing the latter to fight back. Hershel suggests that the group search a nearby veterinary college to find medication to help the infected. He also decides that the children, including Carl, must be separated from the other survivors, as they are more vulnerable to the disease. Hershel leaves to go into the woods to search for herbs and berries and runs into Carl, who insists he must accompany him. They encounter harmless walkers during their trip, so Carl decides to shoot them, but he is discouraged by Hershel. Maggie cries about Glenn's illness, but Beth reminds her that they all have jobs to do. Carol breaks down after offering condolences to Tyreese. Hershel decides to risk exposure by caring for the sick. He says that they are always risking their lives, and the only thing they could do now is to decide what they are risking it for. Daryl, Michonne, Bob and Tyreese decide to head to the college to retrieve the medication, but on their way, they hear a voice on their radio speaking about "sanctuary". They suddenly encounter a massive herd of walkers, forcing them to abandon their vehicle, although a bitter Tyreese stays in the car. When he decides to get out, he is surrounded by the undead, forcing the remaining three to leave him and head out into the woods. Tyreese miraculously survives the herd's attack and catches up with Daryl's group. After investigating the murder, Rick confronts Carol, who admits that she killed Karen. 
394"Indifference"[22]Tricia Brock[16]Matt Negrete[16]November 3, 2013 (2013-11-03)[23]
405"Internment"[24]David Boyd[16]Channing Powell[16]November 10, 2013 (2013-11-10)[23]
416"Live Bait"[25]Michael Uppendahl[16]Nichole Beattie[16]November 17, 2013 (2013-11-17)[23]
427"Dead Weight"[26]Jeremy Podeswa[16]Curtis Gwinn[16]November 24, 2013 (2013-11-24)[23]
438"Too Far Gone"[27]Ernest Dickerson[16]Seth Hoffman[16]December 1, 2013 (2013-12-01)[23]
449Greg Nicotero[16]Robert Kirkman[28]February 2014 (February 2014)
4510Tricia Brock[16]2014 (2014)
4611Julius Ramsay[16]2014 (2014)
4712Seith Mann[16]2014 (2014)
4813Ernest Dickerson[16]2014 (2014)
4914Mike Satrazemis[16]2014 (2014)
5015David S. Goyer[16]2014 (2014)
5116Michelle MacLaren[16]2014 (2014)

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