The Walking Dead Executive Producer David Alpert Talks New Threats & More Death For Season Four
Behind the door in my bedroom, where not many people can see it, I have a calendar where I check off each day that passes. Slowly but surely, we are getting closer to the season four premier of AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead on October 13th. OK, that’s not really true. Or is it? Anyway, at the end of the third season, we saw a few major characters were added to the ever growing list of casualties, and along with that, some rather emotional scenes, coming from some unexpected characters. With that season finale came a lot of unanswered questions, and I, along with many other fans, are hoping to get some of those answers sooner rather than later. But in true Walking Dead fashion, we’ll get nothing for a while. Have to build the suspense and all that, ya know?
Executive Producer for The Walking Dead, David Alpert, recently sat down to discuss a few things from the upcoming season and what it’s like working with the comic’s creator Robert Kirkman. One of the first questions he was asked concerns who, or what, our favorite characters can expect in regards to threats. In the third season, that threat mainly came from humans, namely The Governor and his cohorts. This go-round, it may be a bit of humans and a bit of zombies.
What we really have here in Season 4 is we dangle the carrot that civilization can be rebuilt… The notion that there’s civilization and the notion that there’s the possibility of there being laws and a sense of normalcy. I think we’re going to see an evolution in the walkers — there’s a whole bunch of new walkers — and we’ll see an evolution of the threat of human-on-human. Dangling the possibility of civilization will make people much more desperate and willing to do things that would have previously been unthinkable.
One threat that people fail to recognize is the threat of themselves. How far will our characters go before it’s too late? Much like Shane in season two. As previous seasons have taught us, no character is safe, regardless of how popular they are. Like several other hit series, killing off fan-favorites seems to be the hip thing to do. So can we expect to see some casualties this season? Of course! Alpert explains the “Grateful Dead” wall and who was the hardest for him to see go.
Q: What’s been the toughest character for you personally to lose from the show?
A: The great thing about this show is that literally every character is on the table… We have no one that is untouchable… One of the hardest things was killing Shane. In the comic, it happened much, much earlier, and Robert had said he wanted to give that character a little bit more space to breathe. So trying to figure out what was the right place to kill Shane was really difficult… In the screening room here in production, there’s a wall that says “Our Grateful Dead,” and it’s got pictures of all the characters who’ve been killed off over the seasons. It’s kind of insane: One, it’s kind of touching, and, two, we’ve killed a lot of people on this show. [Laughs] It’s hard to say which one was the toughest.
Q: Are you planning to add any characters to that wall in Season 4?
A: Oh, there’s going to be a whole bunch of people added to the wall.
Awesome! So, who wants to start a pool to see who goes next? As I mentioned earlier, season four of The Walking Dead will air on October 13th with the first eight episodes, with the final eight airing beginning in February 2014. Be sure to click the link below to check out the entire interview with Alpert, where he discusses working with Robert Kirkman. At this year’s San Diego Comic Con, the panel aired a brand new trailer that is all sorts of dramatic and awesome. Check it out below!
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