An upcoming look at Walking Dead season 4
So if you saw the Walking Dead marathon this July 4th weekend on AMC, you would have seen some fun interviews and tid-bits by the Marathon’s host, Comic Book Man, Kevin Smith. Now while the fans didn’t get any specific juicy information on the upcoming season 4 of The Walking Dead, we did get at least an important hint on the direction of the zombie menace.
Norman Reedus, the actor who plays the cross bow wielding Daryl Dixon as well as the executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, indicated that the season 4 zombies will be more of a threat in the upcoming Season.
Gale Anne Hurd had this to say about the stenches, “I think we’ll have walkers who are even more ravenous than before. We’re in a world where there are fewer people and more walkers, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw that on-screen this season. We are going to amp up the threat of the walkers, because they’ve started to seem like a manageable threat. They are not a manageable threat.”
Now if you take that and pair it up with Reedus’ own on the record comments, “They’ve introduced a way to make zombies scary again, and they’re terrifying. The new threat is just unreal.”
What the hell could that be you have to ask yourself and how could a zombie be even more dangerous? Too be honest, this scares me just a bit because it makes me think that they might be pushing what The Walking Dead is just a bit too much. But, the show hasn’t let us down yet, so I am inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt and keep my fingers crossed.
In other Walking Dead news, the title to the Season four premier episode is ‘30 Days without Accident’ and one can only speculate what that might mean for Rick and his newly enlarged group of survivors in the prison and the episode picks up somewhere between four and 11 months after the Governor’s attack.
AMC’s hit zombie series has also cast Danny Vinson (‘Walk the Line’, ‘Talladega Nights’ & ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.’) to join the show in episode six called ‘Rise’ as Don. The same episode will also see two other recurring characters debuting, a mother named Laura, and a woman named Melody. But season four will also introduce a new series regular ‘Bob Stookey’, as played by actor Lawrence Gilliard Jr., a Woodbury resident, former Army medic and town drunk.
It seems that a main focus of season four will also be the evolution of Rick’s son and boy soldier Carl, as Rick tries to bring his son back from this darkness that’s taken him over as was indicated by Norman Reedus and the series creator, Robert Kirkman.
Kirkman had this to say, “[Rick] is letting the people of Woodbury in and trying to tell Carl that these people are like us, you have to be open to this and the only way to survive in this world is to have people and be in a community. That’s going to be a big part of season four.” While Norman Reedus also chimed in on Carl’s journey in season four, “Carl’s dark right now. I think he’s going to get much darker.”
I am also very excited to understand that Chad Coleman (Tyreese), Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha), and Emily Kinney (Beth) will have an increased presence in The Walking Dead’s fourth season. Now given that Tyreese was much more of an important character in the comic series, I can only assume that he will be taking on more of a leadership and friendship role to our the series main character Rick.
Lastly, Kirkman also had some interesting insights into what can be expected from season four of The Walking Dead,
“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.”
It seems that the most certain thing that can be said about season four is that the zombies will once again be the most dangerous threat to be feared and will potentially be even more of a threat than in any of the previous three seasons. As such I sincerely look forward to once again fearing the dead Mr. Kirkman!
Written By: Tye Bourdony
Tye Bourdony is a Sci Fi cartoonist and creator of ‘The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi’, a mediator, science fiction reporter and the U.S. based content editor for Sci Fi Pulse. He is also a graduate of the Barry University School of Law, SUNY Purchase and H.S. of Music & Art. Tye currently works in Florida’s 9th Circuit as the Staff Family Mediator, is currently the Public Information Officer for the Osceola County Bar Association and has a regular self-published column in Sci Fi Magazine. You can visit Tye on facebook and at www.thelightersideofscifi.com or send him your thoughts and story/article ideas to TBourdony@scifipulse.net.