SPOILER ALERT: This story contains storyline and character spoilers for "The Walking Dead."
It's a new year, and a whole new world for "The Walking Dead," as the midseason finale for the AMC drama's fourth season left Rick Grimes and the prison dwellers scattered after their cellblock home was destroyed by the Governor and his minions.
And the poster for Season 4, Part 2 — which premieres on Feb. 9 — confirms it, as Rick and son Carl walk together along railroad tracks under the tagline "Don't Look Back."
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Following the midseason finale battle with the Governor — during which the big baddie brutally murdered beloved vet/farmer Hershel and then was killed himself after a vicious fight with Rick — Rick and his group were separated from each other as the prison was damaged and everyone fled in search of a new safe haven.
Dealing with Hershel's death and the loss of the prison will propel the survivors in the second half of the season, which showrunner Scott Gimple and "TWD" producer Greg Nicotero told Yahoo TV "will feel like a different show."
"It's very, very different in structure, in environment, in situation. It really just couldn't be more different than the first half of the season," Gimple said.
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Added Nicotero, who directed the Feb. 9 midseason premiere, "It will feel like a different show, because of the locations, because of the situations that everyone's been put through, and because of who these characters are now, having witnessed the destruction of their home, and the slaughter of someone that they loved. … Now that we're out in the world again, it's opened up a whole other venue. When you go back to Season 1, where we were experiencing the walker-ravaged world through Rick's journey into Atlanta, it's fun to sort of hearken back to those episodes. It felt big and felt epic. Season 2, we were on Hershel's farm. In Season 3, we were at the prison. And the first half of Season 4, we're at the prison. The intent really was to open up this world again and to let our characters experience what it's like to have to survive; the choices they have to make to survive; and as they come upon different situations, how they handle them.
"The outside world is very, very dangerous, and it can come from anywhere. So the second half of the season really plays up that idea."
"The Walking Dead" Season 4 continues on Feb. 9 at 9 p.m. on AMC.
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