“The Walking Dead,” the hit series from AMC is scheduled to return this fall with its fourth season. During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, series creator and executive producer, Robert Kirkman, spoke a bit about what fans can expect in the upcoming season. Note: There are season 3 spoilers below!
Similarly to previous seasons, Kirkman said that season 4 will not begin exactly where season 3 left off.
There’s going to be a bit of a time jump….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 3 focused primarily on what was going on at the prison and Woodbury. Kirkman has said that the new season will be very different from what fans have seen so far.
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.
Kirkman also talked about the characters and what would be motivating them in season 4 as well as the new character Bob Stookey, played by Larry Gillard Jr.
“Rick is doing something very different, but his goals are still the same: keep these kids safe and growing up…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….Bob will be someone who is familiar to the comic and novel audience but we’re definitely not married to doing those stories and could do different things there.”
Season 4 will also see the addition of a new showrunner. Scott Gimple has taken over the show from Glen Mazarra and Frank Darabont. Kirkman described what the difference between Gimple and Mazzara would mean for the show.
It’s a much more character-based story. It’s going to be more focused on who these characters are and what they’re going through. To a certain extent, we got away from that a little bit in season three. Coming into season four, we’re definitely going to know a lot more about these people so it will be that much more gut-wrenching and worse when we lose these characters.”
“The Walking Dead” will return this October with another 16-episode season.