‘Walking Dead’ Season 4 Details Revealed

Published 2 years ago by , Updated April 1st, 2013 at 8:53 pm,

Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira in The Walking Dead Welcome to the Tombs Walking Dead Season 4 Details Revealed

Season 3 of The Walking Dead has come to a close, but just like the gruesome fate that potentially awaits each and every character, the series will return to stalk and torment those still counted among the living.

But unlike the climax of season 2 – which teased viewers with a tantalizing and somewhat-foreboding glimpse of the prison – season 3 reached its conclusion with a slight sense of optimism (as Rick and the others welcomed the citizens of Woodbury into the prison), but no real indication of the direction The Walking Dead would be headed in season 4.

In a series of interviews, comic book creator Robert Kirkman discussed the season 3 finale, the fate of Andrea, Milton and the Governor, as well as what fans can expect from the core group of survivors, now that they seem intent on making a go of it as a community in the prison.

While there have been certain key deviations the series has taken from the source material, e.g., Andrea’s demise, Kirkman maintains that at least some of season 4 will focus on the dynamic between Rick and the recently-welcomed Tyreese.

Kirkman said:

“There’s some really, really cool and big stuff that people have been expecting, or that people have been anticipating from the comics, that will work into Season 4. To give a hint, I will say that we do have Tyreese and Rick, who are now united, which is a big moment for the comic book fans. There’s a lot of story that comes from those two guys being on the same side. We’ll possibly see a bit of that in Season 4.”

David Morrissey as Phil in The Walking Dead Welcome to the Tombs Walking Dead Season 4 Details Revealed

But Rick aligning himself with Tyreese won’t be the only change fans will see in the character. According to Kirkman, Rick’s brief interaction with the Governor and the environment he created in Woodbury has caused Rick to re-think some aspects of how he intends to survive in this zombie-infested world, and what it means now that he’s decided to no longer keep everyone at arm’s length or, as we saw in ‘Clear,’ ignore a stranger’s plea for help.

“It’s going to be different in a lot of ways. We’ll see a very different Rick Grimes for one. His experiences against the Governor and with the various things that happened to him in season three are informing his character in huge ways. We’ll see a lot of familiar elements from season three: we’ll see the prison, Rick and his group are still in the same place but those elements are all going to be radically different. I can’t really get into it but season four is going to be extremely different than season three in some very startling and cool ways.

This is the moment where Rick takes a turn; he’s no longer going to be pushing people away, he’s no longer going to be doing what ever he can to protect these people in ways that hurt other people. He’s not going to be the guy who would leave that guy on the side of the road — the backpack guy in Episode 12. He’s letting the people of Woodbury in and trying to tell Carl that these people are like us, you have to be open to this and the only way to survive in this world is to have people and be in a community. That’s going to be a big part of season four.”

Chandler Riggs and Andrew Lincoln in The Walking Dead Welcome to the Tombs Walking Dead Season 4 Details Revealed

While Rick seems more intent on exploring his compassionate side, and possibly learning to grow a community, Carl has adopted a far more ruthless, kill-or-be-killed type of mentality. As evidenced by his merciless killing of a young man who appeared to have been surrendering, Carl’s shift into that of a child soldier has now yielded some negative results, and the youngster may soon find himself at an ideological crossroads with his father.

“Rick’s got his work cut out for him. He’s aware of this and he sees what allowing his son to become a child soldier has brought, which is a very big part of Season 4. Moving forward in the show, this is a guy who’s working as hard as he can to maintain a life for this child. [In] the process of surviving… he’s allowed his son to lose a pretty substantial piece of his humanity. It’s now a question of: Is there going back? Is this now status quo? These are the things that a father will have to deal with.”

In the closing moments of ‘Welcome to the Tombs,’ we saw as Rick welcomed not only Tyreese and Sasha into the fold, but he also brought the people of Woodbury to the prison. There have been questions circulating as to why the decision was made to stay in the prison, rather than the relatively normal confines of Woodbury, but Kirkman says the continued threat of the Governor makes the prison the more sensible choice for Rick and the others.

Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus in The Walking Dead Welcome to the Tombs Walking Dead Season 4 Details Revealed

“They see the prison as something that is much more easily defended than Woodbury. They were able to get into Woodbury easily themselves. The Woodbury defenses are very effective against zombies, but not very effective against humans. They see [the prison] as much more of a defensible position.”

And while the comic creator acknowledges the next season’s storyline will begin at the prison, there’s no guarantee that is where it will end.

“There’s always going to be new locations and new places to discover and explore. I don’t want to reveal too much; Season 4 is still five months away. But I will say that as we see at the end of Season 3 we’re definitely going to start Season 4 at the prison. We may be there the whole season and we may not be… But there are going to be some big differences from Season 3.”

Season 4 of The Walking Dead will premiere this fall on AMC.


Source: The Hollywood Reporter, TV Line, TV Guide

Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

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  1. @ Mark. Mate I was only pointing out that I had never read the comics. And seeing as you brought it up I’ll give you this snippet. You and everyone else whinging over something you have no control or input over will not change a thing. Fine you, me and everyone else here is entitled to an opinion but ranting over a faceless forum will not change anything. My initial remark about going off and making your own zombie video clip still stands.
    In the end you don’t have to watch it if it is turning into a “soap opera” as you put it. The creators will not give a toss if you stop watching.

  2. I personally wished that Merle did NOT die. I miss him so much. I cried….. R.I.P-Merle :’(

      • Gonna miss you, even if you where a huge dick

      • I hate to disagree but nope. Daryl was the best. And it’s “Merle”.

  3. Sorry I died. But in the end. It was MY choice. Ain’t nobody who coulda stopped me. My decision. My life. In the end, sure I wished that it turned out a dream but……I can’t control that desicion….

    • We’ll miss you man you were a real hardass

  4. If my dad had of manned up and taken the fight to the Governor in the first place then Merle might still be here. By the way I totally shot one of the Governors soldiers.

    • dont talk about dad like that

      • he is not ur dad. shane is.

  5. Have no fear…I’m hot on the guvenur’s ass! Fixing to stick my Katana up that crakas backside!

    • i’m so really excited to watch the season 4 of THE WALKING DEAD,I love this movie :)

    • Braiiins…

  6. I don’t like prison, please find some place beautiful or travel another country like Russia, Europe or maybe ASIA if possible…

    • Dude. “I don’t like the prison” Yeah I bet Rick and his group don’t like it either but its home for now. There’s no where better to go. “Go someplace beautiful” It’s a ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE no where is beautiful no where is safe.
      “Go to Russia or some place like that” dude THERE’S NO WAY THERE IT’S A ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE. They’re lucky they have enough gas for all their cars. Let alone a boat or plane or whatever.

  7. Honestly, by the end of season 3, I’d have hoped they would have hired decent editors by now. Every episode has some ridiculous flaw in it. Mearl jumping out of that hoopty that magically changed from 20″ rims, to stock wheels, back to 20″ rims for episode 15. The REVOLVER that Andrea used making the sound of a shell hitting the ground after it was fired. (since when do revolvers eject shell casings?) Simple crap like that gets overlooked EVERY episode. You’ve made enough money to hire a decent editor by now.

    • Scott, are you frickin serious??? it is a TV show they dont spend MILLIONS to make it!!
      That was not the sound of a shell hitting the floor (I thought the same thing at first) IT WAS THE REVOLVER dropping to the floor! but the 20″ rims to stock and back, THAT kind of sh*t happens in 200million dollar movies, DO YOU REALLY THINK that it wont happen in a tv show??
      If it is that bad DONT WATCH IT, that is what remotes are for!!
      OR I can call 9whaa whaa and get you a whambulance to fix that hole in your face??
      This show has some of the BIGGEST WHINERS as fans! maybe watchin zombie movies makes the whiners feel tough!! ???? HMMMM YUP THAT HAS TO BE IT!!

      • I think what Snappy D said was brilliant. It’s so true I get so sick of people pulling things to bits. So what if there’s a mistake, I went off zombie movies for my own reasons, and I am addicted to walking dead because unlike others it’s not JUST people having a gore fest, it’s about people like you and me surviving the most awful thing imaginable in what ever way we can, and that alone is worth watching. The killing of the walkers is realistic and as the seasons have progressed the excellent Robert Kirkham knowing exactly how to keep us glued to the screen with his unique insight into how even with all that horror around us we can survive and switch off and still see the beauty in life. You can see they are so used to killing them now the emotions are gone when they have to do it. It’s a work of genius, the crew, the cast and the writers have the magic chemistry to produce such good voodoo ti’s almost a crime. If you don’t like do as Snappy rightly said go away and stop watching if it’s bothering you that much.#Suzy R#

        • totally agree. i dont even watch zombie movies anymore. when i see one i just laugh cause its not scary they all look fake. with walking dead im attached to the characters and im hurt to see any of them go. with movies i could care less who dies. i almost feel like im in the show… its that serious folks. lol. I LOVE THE WALKING DEAD.

    • Really? You think this is because of the editors? You are clearly don’t know anything about the film and television industry. This show is great because the characters and the stories are interesting and it is well written. Don’t get all down on someone’s profession because you want to show off how observant you are, especially when that hard working person didn’t have anything to do with the continuity mistakes to begin with.

    • you do realize that TWD is a hit show. 12-14 million people watch per episode.

  8. Is it just me or does it seem that the walking dead is following the same trend as dragon ball z back in the day, where there are 10 episodes of training and talking and 1 episode of action?

  9. As a comic book reader I can say this: I like the way the series has gone compared to the books. (SPOILERS AHEAD!) The books are telling one story and the TV series is telling another. Consider them alternate universes. If Andrea was as cool in the show as she IS in the books, she’d still be alive. Bad timing in the book meant Tyreese is dead but on the TV show, he’s still alive. Can you imagine Walking Dead without Merle or Darryl? In the comic book world, they don’t exist (yet).

    If the series followed the books, The prison would be overrun, the Governor dead and Rick & Co. heading north. But that’s not what happened in the AMC universe. And I like it. There may be little things here or there to look forward to (looking at you, Hunters!) but the Guv is still a threat and the prison is still around. The AMC Walking Dead crew may never make it to DC (too bad for you, Nagan! Or not.) but may end up elsewhere. Good. I’ll watch that story.

    And I’ll read the other story and enjoy it just as much. Doesn’t mean Jesus won’t end up in the AMC Universe. Doesn’t mean Andrea will die in the Image universe. But maybe Michonne still has a shot with Tyreese, huh? Maybe Glenn… well, you get the point. They both have their ups and downs but don’t compare the two.

    You can’t. The series has its own lore now.

  10. My take: How a perfectly good zombie show could go bad.

    I think that season 1 was the best out of the three, for the most part. It held true to zombie movie lore and style. The whole, wake up in a zombie world was great although it was just done in 28 days later (but technically they weren’t zombies). The whole season had a nice balance of action and story line. It is the only season so far I can watch with out skipping through most of the episodes to be entertained. I watched four episodes of season two in an hour.

    Season 2 had so much potential, and they completely dropped the ball. I get it, you want to develop characters, have a story that doesn’t only rely on zombie packed action scenes. Well guess what, it isn’t Lassie. Season two had it’s high points, don’t get me wrong, I still love the show. My point is, they could have made season two so much better. Yes they are on a farm, and it’s more remote, but please have zombies in your zombie show. Add flash backs from Daryl to tell back story as his character shifts to more of a team player, would have been perfect timing to do so. It doesn’t have to take after Lost, but Daryl is everyone’s favorite character (My favorites are Daryl and Carl, well now that Carl is becoming more like Jake from The Gunslinger).

    Lastly Season 3. At least the producers realized that you can’t have a zombie show with out zombies, the whole first episode was zombie slaying. Well done. But let me ask this. What in god’s name happened guys? Let’s make the focus about a crazy man running a town, and Rick losing his mind. Then lets give Merle a metal knife hand…. don’t even get me started on how horrible that plan was, and the crazy man an eye patch. Give the new girl a samuri sword, which she has mastered, then add zombie gladiator fights. Are you kidding me? This is the furthest I have ever seen a good zombie movie (in this case show) go bad. Yes I still love it, but it’s like the love you have for a dog that poops on the carpet. They could have easily done away with all of the cheesy end of the world props, and the Thunder Dome zombie battles, eye patch, and knife arm… The show needs to be more realistic in it’s strive to be great fiction.

    PS: I am so glad Lori died. She was the most irrational character in any media production ever. “What’s that Rick, don’t touch me, you killed Shane even though he was going to kill you, rape me and try to father your children?” Give me a break. Think about what you write, don’t do it just to get reactions out of people, do it because it makes sense.

    • Yeah, I like my ZOMBIE shows realistic too….

    • You realize this is based off of a comic, right?
      It may stray in some areas, but there are key events that happen in the books, like Woodbury and the zombie fights, that sort of have to transfer over to the show. Trust me, what the ARE changing is for the better and much more realistic than whats in the books.

  11. Walking Dead is awesome! It’s getting harder to watch movies these days when we have such kickass TV shows.

  12. I’m waiting for season 4*_*

  13. I didn’t much care for how Season 3 closed…being that the governor got away…again (NOTE: I have never read the comics!). Season 3 was pretty big, loosing Andrea, T-Dog, Merle, and Lori. It was quiet a loss. Season 4 is probably going to be the best one yet. Working with the whole Rick vs. Governor, and dealing with new residents at the Prison, and last but not least, Carl…who is turning into a miniature Shane/Governor, I’d say Rick is going to have alot on his hands. And of course how this article mentions, there is going to be alot of changes…no more cold officer friendly, crazy killing son, and a possible pissed off redneck, and of course crap loads of walkers! I’m really excited for Season 4!

  14. Don’t kill off Daryl, if Daryl die i will stop watching that SH*T anyway that is not the kind of shows i like to watch

    • Um are you saying that The Walking Dead is not the type of show you like to watch? Cuz if thats what you are saying then why the hell are you here. Your comment informs the reader that you are just there for Daryl and you don’t give a sh*t about the show… If this is true you are pathetic, I understand if you don’t like the show but only watching it because of one character is not right. Daryl is my favorite character as well but I don’t watch the show because of him

      • His acting brings allot to the table and makes allot of the show. I would also be tempted to stop watching if his character is knocked off.

  15. This is the best show ever. I’ve watched season 3 a million times! I think that if you don’t like the show then shut up and take your opinions else where. They have done an awesome job. Apart from killing off people :-( i miss them but they know what they’re doing. I can’t wait for season 4 to hit New Zealand.

  16. So I’m not in Season 4, huh?

  17. was the governor suppose to survive?david morrisey did great but im just tired of his character. was disappointed the season 3 finale was pretty dull imo.

  18. I know that there have been lots of rumors flying around about Neegan being introduced. According to the comics this season sort of lines up. Any chance he and the Governor will cross paths in season 4? If so that would make one wicked storyline!!

  19. Well those who got the chance to read the cómics know we got the hunters,negan, and the bad ass abraham so i think this serie will have like 5 season more and yes i dont think gov will die on season 4 he’ most die in season 5.

  20. Well those who got the chance to read the comics know we got the hunters,negan, and the bad sob abraham so i think this serie will have like 5 more seasons.

  21. Why don’t no one ever remember me?!

  22. If they will stop making The Walking Dead and stop it at season 4, they should make it where Rick was still in a coma and all of the apocalypse was just a dream. He knew every single one of those people( Daryl, Michonne, Andrea, Hershel) and more and no one had died. That would be a twister no one would see coming.

    • I would seriously HATE that ending… (would also kind of see it coming)

  23. Looking forward to the colorful hues of the fall and fallen of “The Walking Dead”. One of the sender parodies that make, walking life tolerable. Thank you to all who make this show a walk to remember.

  24. AWESOME!! I’m soooo!! excited! keep me stacked with info!

  25. Let’s see if Rick can kill me this season. We all know I’m more of a man then him.

    • Atleast rick doesnt kill other living people for weapons and he doesnt act like a dick like you