Taking a break from the grueling filming of Season 4 of The Walking Dead the production is coming to San Diego Comic Con this week. They’ve got a panel in Hall H on Friday at 1:35pm PST and, as many expected, it’s where the first trailer for next season will likely premiere. And thankfully, those of us at home won’t have to wait too long to see it ourselves.

The AMC Twitter account posted,

Not only will the trailer premiere at Comic Con but it’s expected online soon after. You should already plan on sticking to Nerd Bastards for all your SDCC coverage, but definitely make sure you tune it here Friday approximately 3:00pm PST/6:00pm EST to get your first look at Season4 for of The Walking Dead.

And, uh, oh yeah. That’s a walker. Gruesome, ain’t it?

Hit the jump for creator Robert Kirkman discussing next season and weighing in on [REDACTED] losing their [REDACTED].

In an in depth and length interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Kirkman dished on various things coming the survivor’s way next season. He gets into Michonne’s mission, what The Governor is up to, how Carl’s coping; just lots of stuff about Season 4, which he describes as, “more focused on who these characters are and what they’re going through, we got away from that a little bit in season three.”

You’ll really want to check out the full interview, but here are some highlights,

How is the show different under Scott Gimple‘s leadership?

More than any other showrunner, Scott actually read the comics regularly and was a huge fan before the show existed and watched the first season and was a fan before he was brought on as a writer in season two. He absolutely loves the material. We are definitely going in some new directions and this will continue to be a different take on the material form the comics but there will possibly be some scenes that are a little bit closer to the comic than we’ve done in the past. Season four probably has the most number of scenes that are adapted directly from the comic series or very close to what we did. A good deal of that is from Scott and the way he views that material and puts forth that extra effort to work it into the show in a way that it all works.

When does season four pick up? What kind of a time jump will there be?

There’s going to be a bit of a time jump. Some time has passed between season three and season four. It’s only a few months, we’re not nailing down the exact number of days or anything like that. The prison that we see is a very different prison and the characters that we see are very different from the last time we saw them. We go into season four with characters you’ve known for four years and still find new things to explore with them and new aspects of their character and see that they are growing and changing in extremely dramatic ways due to the strains that this world has put upon them.

Season three was about two divided camps — Rick and the Governor’s. How will season four be different with the Governor still out there?

We’re telling completely different stories. While the Governor is still out there and still a threat, we’re going to see him in a new light and he won’t appear until we least expect it. I don’t think people are really going to be able to anticipate what we do with the Governor; it’s going to be radically different. Once that story unfolds over the course of this season, people will see this is a very different story from season three and we are breaking some new ground with these characters.

The series took a major departure from the comics with Andrea’s death. How will we see her death impact everyone?

That death is going to loom large over the entire cast. Everyone is still reeling from it. Michonne (Danai Gurira) in particular is going to have quite a bit going on with her because of that loss. As we meet Michonne coming back this season, she’s on a mission to hunt down the Governor. It’s something she’s very obsessed with. It’s big part of her character this season. She did lose Andrea and she lost her because of the Governor. She’s not willing to let that guy go or be out there. It’s something that may possibly be to her detriment, the fact that she’s so dedicated to finding this person. That’s something that very much informs her character this season.

Carl could really go either toward the Governor or toward Rick. How will we find him handling a new group of people to care for at the prison considering we saw him kill someone he thought was a threat in cold blood last year.

That’s something that has become huge part of Carl’s character. That event and the fact that he did that. It’s something that Rick has been somewhat terrified by; the fact that his son went to that place and is growing into that person. That’s informing both Rick and Carl’s actions as they move into this season. There are more people around, there are people from Woodbury that are now living there and Carl is having to deal with this. His behavior is being guided by Rick and his role as father to him. There’s some interesting stuff coming up with Carl that I can’t reveal right now but there’s good stuff ahead.

Kirkman, along with Gimple, also spoke with TV Guide, who asked about those set pictures from a few weeks back in where…SPOILER


…it appeared Rick may have lost, or at least injured his hand. In the comics, The Governor cuts off Rick’s hand in their first meeting, but obviously the TV show didn’t follow that course of events. But who’s to say they won’t?

Pictures have leaked online that suggest — SPOILER ALERT — Rick may lose his hand, like in the comics. What do you say to that?

Kirkman: I will say Scott Gimple is a huge comic fan and may possibly be trying to steer me into letting the show be closer to what the comic books are. Also people could be misinterpreting those photos. Who knows?

Gimple: I may have convinced him. Possibly. We may not know that.

Hmm, so do you think Rick’s hand will be on the chopping block this season or what? What are you most looking forward to see in Season 4? And don’t forget to be here Friday for the first trailer from The Walking Dead, Season 4, returning to AMC this fall.

Sources: Geek TyrantBlastr

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