Don’t start getting all hopeful for season four of “The Walking Dead.” Sure, things could have ended much worse for Rick Grimes and the gang at the end of season three — the Governor has faded away into the background, the people of Woodbury are now safely aligned with Rick inside the prison walls — but the show’s signature scares and body count will continue well into AMC’s new season, according to executive producer Gale Anne Hurd.
“We are living in a zombie apocalypse,” she told IGN. “We’re living in an apocalypse where we know that unless someone has brain trauma, they’re going to come back. Regardless of how they die, they’re going to turn into a zombie. So I think it would be a good bet to say that the zombies become more threatening in seasons to come.”
Also a threat on the rise: the Governor, who wandered off to who-knows-where in the finale after losing his mind and gunning down several of his own people. David Morrissey has been confirmed to return as the Governor for season four, and Hurd defended the decision to keep the villain alive at the end of the latest season.
“The Walking Dead will never do what’s expected of us,” she said. “You always expect that the big bad will be killed in the finale. It’s really unlikely we’re going to do that. I think that there’s more to be done with not only the character, but with the conflict that we get to see, the difference in leadership between the Governor and Rick.”
For much more on season four’s plans and what went down in the season three finale, read the full interview with IGN.
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