It seems like no show on television has the ability to take control of a comic convention like The Walking Dead does, inspiring awesome and funky walker cosplay, stentorian squeals, and serpent-like lines that stretch far and move in concert toward the shared goal of stealing a moment with Norman Reedus or one of the show's other stars. And this year's San Diego Comic Con will be no different - in addition to celebrating the 10th anniversary of the comic that Godsparked all this hub-bub, we're also sure to learn a bit more about what's to come in season 4.
The first step toward that end? This promotional poster for the upcoming season, that highlights a grabby, bitey horde of zombies; Tyrese, Rick, Daryl, and Michonne; and a hammer, pistol, katana, crossbow, and one horse - as well a reveal of the season 4 premiere title!
The image is rather cool and ripe for interpretation in that it doesn't show any hint of The Governor, who is returning for another round this season. We're also looking at what could arguably be described as Team Rick's most ferocious fighters. So when you couple that with the zombies, does that mean that this poster is hinting at an influx of the undead that might consistently bring them back to the forefront on the show - something some fans have been vocally hoping for? Possibly. Back in March, producer Gale Ann Hurd spoke to CBR and gave them a little insight into season 4, saying:
"We are going to amp up the threat of the walkers, because they've started to seem like a manageable threat. They are not a manageable threat,"
The responsibility of executing that plan falls to Scott M. Gimple, who is replacing Glen Mazzara as showrunner after serving as a writer and producer during seasons 2 and 3.
Gimple is expected to join his fellow producers (Hurd, Robert Kirkman, David Alpert and Greg Nicotero), as well as show stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, David Morrissey, Chad Coleman, and Scott Wilson during their SDCC panel on Friday the 19th where they will hopefully debut some footage from the upcoming season.
As for the premiere episode of season 4, TV Line has reported that Gimple will write it and that it will be called "30 Days Without An Incident," though no one seems to have a clue as to what that title means, exactly. At this point, trying to guess is an exercise in speculation, and besides, with SDCC just a few weeks away, it looks like all will be reveal -okay, some will be revealed there. Maybe.
The Walking Dead season 4 premieres in October on AMC.