This may very well be the make or break season for me and AMC’s The Walking Dead. I love the comics, and episodes like “Clear” from last season illustrate just how good the show can be. But on the other side, the quality varies so greatly week to week that it’s insanely frustrating as a fan to walk into each episode not knowing if you’re going to get quality or garbage. For every “Clear” there is at least one abysmal pile of nothing but filler, like “Arrow on the Doorpost.” There is some hope, however. When season four debuts on Sunday, October 13, it will be under the guidance of new showrunner Scott M. Gimple. He is the writer responsible for arguably the two best episodes since the series premiere in 2010, “Clear” and “Pretty Much Dead Already,” and if there is anyone who can right the ship, it’s him. He’s certainly saying all of the right things, and the cast and crew recently spoke with the Hollywood Reporter, offering up absurd amounts of information about the upcoming season, and most of the news shows promise.
Gimple calls the new philosophy a “greatest hits” approach, indicating that fans will see key moments from Robert Kirkman’s comic books. He says that they’ll grab from all of the seasons of the show, as well as various story arcs from the books. Get ready to see pieces from the comics in a new context, as well as a weaving together of the two disparate realities. For all of the changes, mixing and matching, and alterations, Gimple still aims to be true to the feel of the source material. He says, “The basis for those stories are totally from the spirit of the stories told in the comics.”