Robert Kirkman Teases A New Direction For The Walking Dead In Season 4


Walking Dead bannerThe season 3 finale of The Walking Dead saw a lot of new developments as well as a couple of major character deaths. The finale almost felt more like a teaser for season 4 then a conclusion to the Woodbury/Prison story. Robert Kirkman recently spoke to IGN about the finale and what we can expect in season 4. It seems we’ll be seeing major changes when the show returns in October.

Kirkman started off by discussing how the writers choose when and how a character dies. The decision is never an easy one, but when you have a zombie apocalypse going on a few people are bound to die. In the past, like clockwork, each finale sees a big death. The writer says that’s not something they’ll necessarily do moving forward.

I think that could definitely change. It’s not necessary to kill a character off in a finale; we certainly don’t want to be in some sort of a recognizable cycle. But the finales are usually big episodes and I guess big episodes of The Walking Dead usually mean big deaths. By design, it’s something that I would expect to happen frequently, but I don’t think that you have to have a big death to have a big or memorable moment.

saddestIt seems to have worked out that way thus far, but we’re certainly never in the writer’s room going, “Oh, we’ve got to kill somebody episode! We haven’t killed anybody in a long time!” It’s something that pretty much flows organically. We’re working out Season 4 right now – we’re halfway through writing it – and we know exactly where we’re going. Who’s dying and when they’re dying is all worked out very early on as we’re plotting out the entire season. It’s something that we always know where we’re going with it.

The Walking Dead creator also teased some things to come. With the announcement that David Morrissey would be joining the next season as a regular, the Governor is still very much a factor for Rick‘s group and the show. Kirkman did say that while he’ll be around, the Governor will be used in a different way than just gearing up for a head on fight with Rick again. The writer also stated that since Tyreese is back at the prison, we’ll see a relationship develop between he and Rick similar to the comics. Overall, season 4 is really going to see the show go in a whole new direction:

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.

You can click here to read the full interview where Kirkman looks back at the finale. With a good number of the Woodbury community coming over to the prison at the end of the last episode, it looks like the show may be moving into the character-driven community building phase the comic has been focused on for the last several arcs. What do you think about the show going in a “vastly different” direction from season 3? Do you have any predictions on who might be the next character to kick the bucket?


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Source : IGN