walking dead cast

Yes, tis the season for lots and lots of Walking Dead news.  As we await the coming of October, those involved in the show are eager to whet our appetites and let us know some of what to expect.  This time around, new showrunner Scott Gimple and several others answered a few questions about what to expect from season 4, why they do what they do and how things between the comics and the TV show grow separately.  Check it all out after the jump (warning!  potential spoilers!)

The first bit concerns the approach to the show and how it differs from the comic series:

“I’m excited to tell stories in the book that I love. We’re catching up to some of those. We’re taking the greatest hits approach of all the things I loved that we’ve done and grabbing from all the different seasons and working it up. There are a lot of characters that are dead on the show that aren’t dead in the books. There are a lot of characters on the show that aren’t in the book. It’s a remixing of a lot of elements from the book in different context; different characters a lot of the time but taking the emotional thrust of those elements and putting them all in a different rhythm. People will see stuff from the comics and they’ll know exactly where it came from but it’ll be in a different context — it has to be. You’ll also see stories that are totally outside of the comic that have never been seen before. But the basis for those stories are totally from the spirit of the stories told in the comics.”

Next, they dropped a hint that one upcoming episode will mirror one of the comic’s stories very closely:

“It’s really fascinating to make those slight departures, introduce new characters and then get to a situation where you take one episode and you really stick to the source material. You’ll be surprised about the way the characters lay out.”

Then a brief chat about the way Rick will be developing as the season and the show go on:

“He’s a man that is wrestling with a motor that didn’t work last season. He’s trying to suppress the brutality for the sake of both of his children and trying to be a parent in an apocalypse and trying to return to the man he once was.”

“He focuses his energies on something that’s completely different but is still helping the people of the community.”

“He’s trying to find a way to add value and help and try to find a place for himself inside the community where he can do that without having to be the alpha male making all the decisions.… This is a very different Rick. How long that can last, however, is another question.”

Some comic fans may remember that Rick was supposed to be minus one hand by now.  It looks like at least one of the crew is routing for the show to stick to that particular detail:

“It was one of those things where, given all the other things going on [in season three], we decided it was too much to put on. That’s not to say we’re not going to do it later, but there’s too much of a burden. I keep saying we should do it, so maybe that’s going to happen!”

For fans of the governor, they’re working on ways to develop the character given all the crap that he went through in season 3:

“It will weigh upon him and it will change him.”

“He doesn’t carry what happened at the end of season three very lightly. He was a man that recognizes a switch went off in his head and even though he’s done terrible things, that ramped him up to somewhere else and he was out of control. That’s a very worrying thing for him and that switch takes him into this dark place.”

“It’s about how he deals and comes to terms with the man he is and what he’s capable of and which side he’s going to fall on. That’s the choice he has to make.”

And, of course, a few things we can expect to see thwarting the group as time moves on:

“It’s someone we haven’t seen before. Someone unusual; you can’t stab them in the face, you can’t reason with it. It’s a force that would be dangerous in this world and in the world of The Walking Dead, it’s terrifying.”

“Our group became very proficient at killing walkers, so one of the things that Scott and I talked about after season three was we wanted that threat to be ever constant and ever present. We’ve devised ways to put our characters in instantaneous jeopardy without them being prepared for it. Danger could come from anywhere, and it was really important that we re-establish the rules of our world.”

And finally, the place of character deaths in the show:

“It’s never just, ‘Oh, let’s shock the fans. Let’s just throw something in to titillate people for shock value.”

“I miss Laurie Holden and I wish she was still around. I feel like there was a lot we could have done with her character. I feel like the end of season three, her character got a little lost and I wanted to see her around more and see her rejoin our group. It was a really sad departure for all of us and Scott is very thoughtful about those moments.”

Well, everyone certainly seems excited about it, so let’s hope for a great season this time around.


Thanks to GeekTyrant for the heads-up.

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