Now that The Walking Dead has wrapped up its third season, it’s time to look forward to season four. The new season will start six months from now, this October, and it sounds like season four of The Walking Dead will be more of a personal journey for Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his son Carl (Chandler Riggs).
SPOILERS FOR THE END OF SEASON THREE BELOW!
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman talks about how things were left up-in-the-air with Rick and The Governor, and why the prison setting is still in the equation, rather than Woodbury. Here’s Kirkman:
…knowing the Governor is still out there, and knowing he knows Woodbury like the back of his hand, it would probably be not too safe to set up shop in his hometown. But it’s possible that that’s something we’re exploring next season.
One of the biggest reveals of the season finale was Carl’s dark turn. Carl has (surprisingly) been the most interesting character in The Walking Dead, going from an annoying kid to a cold-blooded killer. Carl has the potential to turn out like Shane (Jon Bernthal) or the Governor (David Morrissey), and it’s up to Rick to keep Carl emotionally stable. Kirkman says:
Growing up in this world is not doing that guy a lot of good and it’s taking him to some very dark and interesting places and I think, coming back for season 4, Rick’s going to have a hard time reeling that guy in and trying to find a shred of that kid’s humanity and bringing it to the forefront. Because that guy’s taken a dark turn.
It will be very interesting to see where the show goes after season three. While the body count was high in the finale, the approach and direction of season four is still very ambiguous.
The below video shows the writers and the cast talking about the end of season three, what season four will be like for Rick’s group, and the whereabouts of The Governor. The Walking Dead returns for season four later this year in October on AMC.