By now we’ve all seen the finale to season three of The Walking Dead. And it was, how should we say it… less than expected. While the season was praised for it’s direction, the promised battle of the prison and departure of David Morrissey’s Governor really left fans with fleeting expectations. So what kind of “improvments” are on the way in the upcoming fourth season?
-Warning: The follow contains spoilers to this October’s upcoming season of The Walking Dead, if you’re ok with knowing what’s to come than read on!-
Fans of the series will be happy to know that Morrissey will return as a series regular, having become a fan favorite over the past season. Also, when speaking to IGN, Walking Dead creator and writer Robert Kirkman dished on the finer details of season four.
According to Kirkman, while the prison will remain the primary setting for the next season, new showrunner Scott Gimple will be bringing us something vastly different from what we’ve seen in the past. Ideally, there will be more people and more conflict on the way and some new characters will be introduced, but Kirkman described season 4 to IGN as:
“A bigger group brings with it bigger problems. They are certainly going to need a lot more resources, and they already have a lot of rebuilding to do, just from the things that happened in this battle between Woodbury and the prison. I don’t think there’s going to be a shortage of conflict and danger coming into the fourth season, despite the fact that they are still in the prison…
I’ll say that there are a lot of familiar elements that are remaining. Michonne is still around, Rick and his group are still in the prison, the Governor’s still out there… so there are a lot of things that are carrying over from Season 3 to Season 4, but I can’t stress how different things are going to be.
There are going to be some radical changes to those elements that are going to bring in a lot of new storytelling. While [Season 4] does seem somewhat familiar, it’s going to be vastly different from Season 3.”
The promise of “radical changes” is nothing new. The same thing was promised previously with season 3 and it felt like everything peaked at the mid-season finale. Although, since they’ve branched off from what readers of The Walking Dead comic already know, the material that’s developed will be original and unexpected, just how everyone wants their dramatic television series these days.
As long as Kirkman and company can step up to meet the expectations of viewers, season four should be an astounding success (knock on wood).