When THR spoke to executive producer Robert Kirkman about the upcoming fourth season of The Walking Dead, Spoilers Guide spotted a lot of teasing spoilers you can look forward to as we wait for the post-apocalyptic drama's return in October.
DEATHS | The showrunner hashed out the very recent deaths the characters of the series have gone through over the course of the third season. In retrospect, the loss of Merle and Andrea have caused a major impact not on just the characters but for the fans of the show as well.
These are big deaths they're dealing with. Rick is still very much dealing with Lori's (Sarah Wayne Callies) death and everyone is still missing T-Dog (IronE Singleton). These were some really big, dramatic losses that took place in season three and that's something that's very much going to play into season four and how they move forward. A lot of those deaths and those actions from season three have direct results on where we pick up things up in season four. We'll see there was a plan involved and these things do lead to other things, which in turn, makes them worthwhile. I miss these characters as much as everybody else but you'll see that they do benefit the story in some really cool ways and will lead to a lot of interesting things moving forward.
TWISTS | The Governor, who was introduced as the supervillain of the series was also discussed. Kirkman hints that viewers should watch out for unexpected twists as they follow the storyline of David Morrisey's character.
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.
FINALE SPOILER | This totally calls for speculation: On Kirkman's statement below, he hints that the Governor might not show up in the finale. Will he face an unexpected death? We'll have to wait and see!
We might not really expect to see him in the first episode and he shows up in the first episode back. Or it would be pretty shocking if he didn't show up until the finale. It could be either/or or somewhere in between.
MICHONNE | Moving on with Andrea's death, expect for Michonne to handle her loss. According to Kirman, it will be Danai Gurira's major arc for the fourth season:
That death is going to loom large over the entire cast. Everyone is still reeling from it. Michonne (Danai Gurira) in particular is going to have quite a bit going on with her because of that loss. 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. That's something that very much informs her character this season.
FAMILY TIES | On Rick's side as a father, he will make sure that his kids, Carl and Judith are safe.
Rick is always trying to do what he feels is best for his family. When he feels like it's best to be the leader and take charge and push people away and do these seemingly crazy things that he was doing in season three, that was all in an effort to protect Carl and Judith. Now he's seen a different path that needs to be protected in a different way and that childhood needs to be preserved and they need to have stability. What he's doing now seems to be a bit more passive and less of a leadership role. But at the same time, he's also trying to be that standard that Carl and Judith can grow up with. He's trying to provide for them in a different and more meaningful way and maintain their childhoods to a certain extent. He's doing something very different, but his goals are still the same: keep these kids safe and growing up.
GROWING UP | Carl, who has killed a human for the first time last season is also one character who has a lot to reveal going forward. In season 4, he's more grown-up and his view on his dark reality is becoming stronger. Kirkman was mum about what's ahead but he hints that it would be an "interesting" run for Rick's first born.
That's something that has become huge part of Carl's character. That event and the fact that he did that. It's something that Rick has been somewhat terrified by; the fact that his son went to that place and is growing into that person. That's informing both Rick and Carl's actions as they move into this season. There are more people around, there are people from Woodbury that are now living there and Carl is having to deal with this. His behavior is being guided by Rick and his role as father to him. There's some interesting stuff coming up with Carl that I can't reveal right now but there's good stuff ahead.
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