Wow. Say what you will about The Walking Dead’s season three finale, this new trailer for season four is amazing. AMC’s panel for the zombie drama was a highlight in Hall H during San Diego Comic-Con this year, and the four-and-a-half-minute first look maps out new directions, showcases multiple scenes of intense zombie action, shows familiar faces, and introduces new characters. You’ll with it was already October, so you could watch the season premiere – “30 Days Without an Accident” – right now instead of waiting three long months.
The trailer begins with Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) making noise to get the zombies’ attention so the rest of the new, larger group can raid a big box store. It also looks like they’ve become super efficient at zombie killing, and getting into situations without an incident. The new season’s tone also looks much more cinematic than previous chapters. Whatever the production team is doing for season four, they should keep doing it.
We finally get a good look at one of the new characters fans of Robert Kirkman’s comics will recognize, Bob Stookey, played by Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (The Wire). His character should play a significant part as he mixes with the already established characters and other newcomers. Speaking of established characters, what the hell happened to Carol (Melissa McBride) between seasons? She’s so much more assertive and confident as she shows the new people how to best kill zombies. There’s even a scene where teaches children the value of a good knife. This is insane, and so different from the Carol we know.
It looks like season four of The Walking Dead will see Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) group in danger of being over-run by zombies. The prison isn’t as safe as it used to be, and someone is letting zombies inside the walls. Could this be the Governor (David Morrissey), who is conspicuously missing from this trailer? Either way, its good to see that the writers creating new and believable dramatic conflict.
It seems as if the problems just keep adding up for Rick and his band of survivors. Now he’s responsible for larger numbers, the prison is no longer a safe haven, the Governor is still a very real threat, and more zombies keep emerging and piling up every day.
The trailer ends with Daryl picking up a mysterious radio signal. That’s a huge deal, and may play a big part in this season. There might be other communities of survivors that haven’t completely given up hope. If that’s the case and the prison is no longer a viable option for safety, maybe the gang could leave and try to find the source of this signal. Needless to say, it looks like season four will be full of high drama, new problems, and, of course, killing zombies.
Season four of The Walking Dead returns to AMC with 16 all new episodes this October.