The Walking Dead Spoilers: A Gruesome Season and Horrific Deaths

gravityThe Walking Dead season 4 opener gave us walkers falling from the heavens and a fresh-from-the-shower zombie whose NOW living among the survivors inside the prison.

With huge threats to face and more flesh-eating creatures lurking around, how will this season be different from the past three?

Per E! Online, here's how creator Robert Kirkman previewed what's ahead:

"It is escalating I guess to a certain extent, but that's because as the characters move further and further away from civilization, they're going to start encountering more and more dangerous people," he tells us. "That's not by accident. Things do get a little bit harsher. But it's a violent world and we have to realistically portray that or people won't buy this story. And to that, people gots to die, I always say. And they have to die in horrific ways. So it's going to be pretty gruesome in some ways, but it's always about character at its core. As long as we maintain the show's humanity, I don't feel that we lose our way. "

'The Walking Dead' airs every Sunday on AMC.

Catch a sneak-peek of next week's episode titled "Infected" below: