The Walking Dead has proven again and again that America loves zombies. With the TV series currently in production on season four, there is a lot of speculation about the direction of the franchise. When we left our favorite group of zombie apocalypse survivors, they were adding new faces to their questionably fortified prison safe haven. After the Governor (David Morrissey) killed off most of the citizens of Woodbury, he fled into the wilderness with a small handful of his lackeys. Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his group then walked into the gated community and rescued the remnants.
One thing is certain when it comes to The Walking Dead, there will always be a lot of zombies looking for their next meal. And what a better way to supply them with braaaaaiiinns than by introducing some new characters to the popular AMC series? TVLine.com has a few details about the new additions to the upcoming season of The Walking Dead.
Although it’s unclear if the Governor will enact his revenge on Rick, we do know that Morrissey has been promoted to series regular, so he’ll be around. The article says:
The Governor’s origin story, which I imagine would have to include his former ally Milt, seems like a golden story opportunity for new showrunner Scott Gimple — especially since David Morrissey is back as a regular in Season 4. But I honestly have no idea if it’s in the cards. The show could just as easily wind up being too busy with new recurring characters like Laura, a single mom and ex-nurse who isn’t quite as strong as she first appears; Melody, a “just one of the guys” kinda gal in her 20s; and Don, who sounds like Hershel, if Hershel were crankier and two-legged.
While these names and personalities don’t match up with what we’ve read in Robert Kirkman’s comics (admittedly, I’m only on issue #98), some new blood may bring some much needed personality to the basic cable hit. Most of the characters, with the exception of Rick and, surprisingly, his son Carl (Chandler Riggs), have fallen flat with their TV incarnations. The zombie drama’s latest additions join The Wire’s Lawrence Gilliard Jr., another newcomer, who will play Bob Stookey, a character from the comics. As a show, The Walking Dead has always been more about the high tension and zombie action than character, but hopefully newly crowned showrunner Scott Gimple can address this issue.
We will most likely get even more information about season four during the cast and crew panel at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. The Walking Dead has been one of the biggest attractions over the past few years, and 2013 should be no different. With a new leader and cast members in place, The Walking Dead is in a good position to really define itself.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC with new episodes this October. We know that the season four premiere is titled “30 Days Without an Accident,” making it clear that the action takes place a month after the Governor’s vicious attack. It also indicates that the survivors are getting better at dealing with the zombie threat on the other side of the thick prison walls, but, as the name also suggests, tragic accidents are bound to happen sooner or later.
During the Fourth of July holiday, AMC is going to air a four-day long marathon, which includes every episode of the series, the black and white version of season one, and, perhaps most importantly, a sneak peak at the upcoming season four.