With Rick falling ill, Carl is forced to man up as the father-son duo is left on their own, following the destruction of their former home base, The Prison.  The other survivors are scattered as well and must struggle to survive life on the run.

Here is AMC’s official press release touting the February 9th return of the hit series:

“The Walking Dead” returns with the highly anticipated final eight episodes of season four beginning Sunday, February 9 at 9pm ET/PT. Following the devastating events of the mid-season finale, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and the group are still reeling from the loss of their home, family and friends. With the destruction of the prison, the group of survivors is broken apart and sent on divergent paths, unsure of everyone else’s fate. What was a challenging life behind fences and walls grows that much more perilous and precious as they are exposed to new dangers, new enemies and heartbreaking choices. They will have their faith thoroughly tested — a faith that breaks some of them and redeems others.”

Throughout the entire series, we’ve seen Carl (Chandler Riggs) mature from a scared kid who couldn’t stay in the house to… well, kind of a badass.  I’m not quite sure what occurs in the following scene but we do get to see a bit of his new attitude on display:

If that clip won’t play for you, here is the International version:

Is it just me, or does Carl kind of have a bit of swag in his posture and walk?  Yeah, this is not a kid to be messed with!

In the series, following the destruction of The Prison, Rick and Carl were separated from the group and Rick fell ill.  But in the comics, this was the point during which Rick began speaking to a phantom voice on the phone which claimed to be Lori, only to discover it was all a delusion in Rick’s head.  This storyline has already played out on the show, with changes so there’s no clue what direction the show will take on this father and son team.

The producers have already revealed that viewers should expect to see episodes focused on specific characters, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Rick and Carl were the only characters showcased on the next episode.

What do you think of Carl manning up?  What do you think the remainder of this season will bring for our survivors?  Do you think we’ll lose any more cast members?  (Bye Bob, not so nice to know you!)

Source: DailyDead.com