‘Walking Dead’ Producers Resurrect Zombie Threat For Season 4

by Brett White

There’s no time to rest in the “Walking Dead” universe, because even if the zombies have backed off a bit, there are always ruthless humans like the Governor just waiting to make life after the zombie apocalypse a living hell. In a new interview with Collider, “Walking Dead” executive producers Greg Nicotero and Gale Anne Hurd revealed that the upcoming season will lean heavily towards zombie threats following season three’s more human drama.

“By the end of last season, the walker threats fell to the wayside,” Nicotero told Collider. “What was really, really important to [incoming showrunner] Scott Gimple and I was keeping that threat relevant. It’s like a terrorist attack. As soon as you stop thinking about it, or you don’t remember that it’s there, it hits you. You’re the most vulnerable when you’re the most comfortable and you think everything is fine. You can see, in the first two episodes, that we’ve put our characters in situations where they can’t see it coming. I think that’s exciting because no matter how prepared they think they are and no matter how good of killers they are, in terms of the walkers, they can never be prepared for that, and it’s important.”

According to the producers, balancing out the types of threats is a key component of “The Walking Dead’s” success. Viewers come for the zombie kills, but they stick around because of the character development that happens in between.

“We do tend to go back and forth between the period of calm when they’re not under duress, so that you can develop the relationships, but [more walkers are] out there,” explained Hurd. “It’s important to remind people that the threat has not gone away. They’re right at the gates. They’re also going to encounter them on every run they do for new supplies. They have to rely on the resources they have at hand. As you’ll see, when they go out for supplies, it’s a life-or-death situation. It’s not just going to the pharmacy or going to the store. Every time you do that, you’re putting yourself and your colleagues and family at risk.”

Rick’s band of survivors will include many new faces this season, as they all band together to survive the various threats coming their way. It’s “The Walking Dead,” so life isn’t going to be easy.

“The Walking Dead” returns this Sunday, October 13th on AMC.

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