Prepare for a bloodbath in "The Walking Dead" midseason finale. As a second showdown between Rick and the Governor is impending, showrunner Scott M. Gimple says the upcoming episode of the hit AMC series is going to be an "explosive" one.
"It's a very explosive situation and it's entirely possible that everybody doesn't make it back," he tells The Hollywood Reporter about the deadly situation. Now that Rick is more determined to protect his family and friends, it's likely that he gets more brutal than before.
"We've seen The Governor kill people to ensure the safety of his new family and we see him determined," Gimple explains. "We see Rick is very much back as someone with a gun on his hip, ready to participate in the brutality of the world to keep his people safe... That sort of thing would be something that would affect these characters even more deeply."
Michonne and Daryl may show a similar reaction since they still hold personal grudge against the Governor. Gimple hints at what will happen when they meet the man who's responsible for Andrea and Merle's deaths, "Michonne and Daryl will not react well if they were to see The Governor -- they're not all the way healed from their experiences with him."
Rick could face an internal conflict within the group as well, which won't help if they are going to fight against the Governor, as Rick recently told Carol to leave the prison for the sake of her safety, but Daryl is still unaware of it. Gimple says that "if both [Rick vs. the Governor and Rick vs. Daryl] were to happen at the same time, that could be quite dangerous for the people inside the prison."
The prison itself has proven to be a quite safe place for the survivors and they may stay there for a long time as Gimple explains, "They've proven that they can stem the tide of walkers and keep the place safe. They can get through whatever is thrown their way. They could potentially have that place for a good, long time."
On another thing that viewers can expect from the midseason finale, Gimple teases that the episode may introduce new characters. The show has cast Michael Cudlitz, Josh McDermitt and Christian Serratos as Abraham, Eugene and Rosita respectively, and "there is a potential to see them sooner rather than later."
"Too Far Gone" airs Sunday, December 1 at 9 P.M. on AMC. The zombie-themed series will then go on a hiatus and return in February 2014.