Posted: 1:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013
By Gina Carbone
The Walking Dead Season 4 premieres Sunday, October 13 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC. Some folks have already seen the first episode and they’re leaking spoiler intel, but right now we’re just here to give you the brush strokes from official interviews and teasers.
Head here for a quick recap of Season 3 and where we left off. The Season 4 premiere — written by new showrunner Scott M. Gimple and directed by producer/special effects guru Greg Nicotero — is titled “30 Days Without an Accident" and will follow this vague description: “The group lives an ideal life at the prison, and strives to hold onto humanity.”
There will be a time jump of about six or seven months between Season 3 and Season 4, and a winter will have passed. We’ll see upgrades to the prison setup to account for the influx of about 50 expats from Woodbury. There will be some changes, and our former Ricktator (Andrew Lincoln) will no longer be the leader, he’s now just a farmertrying to focus on fatherhood.
According to Entertainment Weekly, a new council is formed to replace the Ricktatorship and anyone wanting entry into the prison community has to answer three questions: “How many walkers have you killed? How many people have you killed? And why?”
Abunch of new characters will have major roles in Season 4 — includingBob Stookey, who apparently passes the three-question test. He will be showing up in the premiere, and his portrayer Larry Gilliard, Jr. has signed on a series regular. Bob is a character from the comics, but like most everyone else, his story has been changed a bit for TV. Unlike in the comics, the TV version of Bob is found by Daryl Dixon (who is not even in the comics) about a week before the events of Season 4 pick up.
In a behind-the-scenes AMC video released back in June, producer Denise Huth teased, "We're filming the season premiere right now. The action sequence [showrunner Scott Gimple] came up with, I think it's going to be really, really spectacular."
It's possible she's referencing the Big Spot supply runfeatured in the extended trailer. It looks like Sasha, Tyreese, Glenn, Daryl, Bob and some others head into the store to search for supplies and ... something happens.
Asked about new zombie tricks this season, director Greg said, “In the first episode this season, one of the guys in my crew was like, ‘You did every gag that you ever did in three years of The Walking Dead in one episode.’ We had walkers. We had mummified corpses. We had puppets. We had zombie bites…” He told Entertainment Weekly, “The first episode, we had days where there were 150 walkers.”
Speaking of iconic walkers, Danai Gurira (Michonne) and comic book writer/executive producer Robert Kirkman told TV Guide we’re going to see a zombie baby. "There's a little hint of that in the premiere," Danai said. Kirkman added, "It'll be something different from the baby who was seen in [2004's] Dawn of the Dead remake, which was horrific and done so well. There's still room for us to do something different and cool."
The Walking Dead Season 4 premieres on October 13 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.