You know where you find the dreamiest, hunkiest guys? After the dead begin to rise, the world goes to shit, and civilization crumbles into small bands of survivors just trying to make it to tomorrow without getting eaten. At least that’s what you may infer from a series of covers of Entertainment Weekly that prominently feature the men of AMC’s zombie drama The Walking Dead. The issue teases season four of the hit show, and as an added bonus, there’s also a picture of Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) sucking face like they’re not going to get another chance.
The covers feature Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), and Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs). Are we really at the point where we’re calling Carl a man? He has matured a great deal, seen some grim, grim stuff, stepped up big a few times, and even called dear old dad out on more than one occasion. That all sounds pretty manly. And doesn’t Daryl sitting astride his macho metal steed just scream hunky dude calendar? He definitely has that come hither look in his eyes and wants you to ride on the back of his bike. Hopefully in season four he’ll finally get the sweet, sweet lovin’ he deserves. Hell, Carl even looks like he belongs on the cover of some random teenybopper magazine, albeit their adorable grubby boys issue.
Beyond just revealing the three covers, the article reveals that when The Walking Dead returns in October, the zombie menace will reclaim its spot at the forefront of the survivor’s woes. Last season there were certainly walkers to be concerned with, but the primary antagonist took human form. Sounding a little bit like a proud papa, make up designer, executive producer, and occasional director Greg Nicotero said, “The first episode, we had days where there were 150 walkers.”
While an increased zombie quotient isn’t a bad thing, let’s all hope that they don’t abandon the human element completely. That’s what really sets Robert Kirkman’s comics apart from the undead herd, the human drama of living through the end of days. And if new showrunner Scott Gimple has anything to do with it, you can bet there will still be enough character to go around, hopefully more. The episodes he writes tend to skew that way, and are some of the best in the entire series. We know the Governor (David Morrissey) is going to come back, so there is at least that human hazard.
There will also be a new threat facing the band of survivors at the prison. Gimple said, “The new threat is something you can’t just stab in the face…You can’t talk sense to it. You can’t make a truce with it. It’s beyond all that. It would be a threat in any world, but in this world it is much more terrifying.”
That part is both intriguing and promising. Not to mention it reads like a riddle. In reality it doesn’t tell us anything concrete, but should lead to a great deal of speculation. Any ideas? What do you think this new threat is?