The Walking Dead's showrunner, Scott Gimple, views Hershel's (Scott Wilson) death as a representation of the death of civilization. Which, given Hershel's calming effect on the group, and his connection to each member, he is what's holding everything together for Rick.
Hershel's heartbreaking death scene is one of the many bonus features included on the show's upcoming Season Four DVD and Blu-ray.
In the exclusive bonus commentary, producer Gale Anne Hurd, and stars Andrew Lincoln (Rick) and David Morrissey (The Governor), break down one of The Walking Dead's most shocking and unexpected deaths.
"Just as [Rick] thinks it's all lost, he sees Hershel with a kind of serenity on his face," Lincoln explains. "As soon as it happens, there is no way back."
The scene, Hurd explains, provides the key moment in the season when Rick realizes there is no negotiating with The Governor anymore.
"He has to become that violent leader again,"
The commentary is one of the scores of bonus features included on the season four DVD and Blu-ray sets, on sale Aug. 26. The Blu-ray features extended episodes of pivotal installments "After" and "The Grove." Featurettes include going inside the making of the show, The Governor's return, scores of deleted scenes and audio commentary with producers and stars including Norman Reedus, Wilson, Danai Gurira and Andrew Lincoln. Also included in the set is the not-safe-for-work alternate season finale ending, which Lincoln says he fought hard to air. - You can see it here!
[The Walking Dead](series:201193) returns to AMC on October 12th!
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)