‘The Walking Dead': Robert Kirkman Gets Into Season Four’s Gory Details

by Brett White

The Hollywood Reporter has an in-depth Q&A with “Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman, just in time to get fans psyched up for the show’s involvement at San Diego’s Comic-Con International. And even though the show doesn’t return to AMC until October, Kirkman was a-okay with giving THR a lot of juicy details about season four. Also, apologies for using the word “juicy” in association with a show about flesh-eating zombies.

One big change to the show is the promotion of writer Scott Gimple to showrunner, following the departure of Glen Mazzara. Kirkman says that this change has resulted in the show taking a new approach to storytelling.

“It’s a much more character-based story. It’s going to be more focused on who these characters are and what they’re going through. To a certain extent, we got away from that a little bit in season three. Coming into season four, we’re definitely going to know a lot more about these people so it will be that much more gut-wrenching and worse when we lose these characters.” Gimple also marks the first time that a showrunner was a fan of the comic book series from day one, before being brought on as a writer in season two. Because of this, Kirkman teases that a few scenes and moments will hew closer to the comics than ever before.

For more on season four and a new pic of Danai Gurira as Michonne, take the jump! But be warned: there are spoilers for the end of season three.

Even with all of the deaths and behind-the-scenes personnel changes, there’s one holdover that promises to bring a few surprises to season four: the villainous Governor. “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.”

The Governor will also give Michonne, pictured above, a newfound purpose following the death of her friend Andrea in the season three finale.

“That death is going to loom large over the entire cast. Everyone is still reeling from it. Michonne 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.”

For more of Robert Kirkman’s detailed interview, hop on over to The Hollywood Reporter.

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