While it seems like only a few months ago we were damning our TVs for the lukewarm season three finale, a new season of AMC’s The Walking Dead is set to arrive next month. The zombie series has grown in popularity over the years, but it seems like AMC’s creative department has been a little less on the creative side throughout The Walking Dead‘s run. Above is the new teaser poster for the upcoming season, but it looks vaguely familiar to the last three teaser posters released by AMC.
All of the posters have a sepia look, and each have Rick Grimes in the center. In the first two teaser posters, he’s going towards the action, while in the third poster he’s in the middle of the action. The fourth teaser shows Rick walking from the prison, which most likely points to the season’s direction. In each of the teasers, Rick is always carrying a gun. Are the people at AMC uncreative, or are they banking on the familiar? Maybe it’s the latter and AMC just wants to stay consistent, but part of me thinks it’s the former. Check out the earlier posters:
AMC also released the official plot synopsis for season four. The new season will feature internal struggles within the prison, with threats also lurking outside of its fences and gates — namely the zombies and the Governor. It seems like this might be the last season in the prison setting, so maybe the group will find somewhere new to hang their guns in season five. Here’s the synopsis:
In the highly anticipated new season, we find Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and the group fostering a thriving community in the safe haven of the prison. Sadly, in this brutal world, happiness is short-lived and walkers and outside threats are no match for danger brewing inside the fences. The group’s home and new way of life will be thoroughly tested, and their struggle to survive has never been so perilous.
Meanwhile, Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman recently talked to TVLine about the future relationships on the zombie series. At the end of season three, Rick felt guilty about ignoring his own children, so this season he plans to take a step back from his leadership position to be a better father. Kirkman says, “He repurposes himself towards raising Carl and Judith, and protecting them emotionally instead of physically. He’s trying to make sure these kids don’t lose their humanity. That’s almost the central theme of the season…”
Kirkman also mentions that Rick and Michonne will have a closer relationship, but not one born from romance (or at least not exactly), but rather as mutual friendship. Kirkman continueds/a>:
‘They have a very large mutual respect for each other because of their capabilities and their ability to trust one another, and I think that’s a lot of what was growing in the [Season 3] episode where they both went off on a run together.’
And while he wouldn’t rule out a romance, Rick’s ‘wife did just die in a horrible way, so I don’t think any kind of romance is really on his radar just yet.’
The Walking Dead is a unique show that won’t trot out the “will they or won’t they” romance angle with its characters. Glen and Maggie managed to get together pretty quickly, and Daryl and Carol seem to be friends rather than lovers. Kirkman says/a>:
There’s every chance that [Daryl and Carol is] actually a no-burn and these two people don’t get together. Daryl and Carol are very different people. These are two very damaged individuals, and that leads them to connect in a very serious emotional way. But it still remains to be seen whether that’s actually going to spiral into a romance.
I actually see Daryl and Carol hooking up just once (just like Andrea and Shane in season two), as a way to relieve tension. This would be the only way for romance or “shipping” between the two characters. The Walking Dead always reminds viewers that the most important thing going on is the zombie apocalypse, and the characters’ attempts to survive it. Everything else, including romance, is a very distant second. Under the Dome should take a cue from new showrunner Scott Gimple and Robert Kirkman in that respect.
The Walking Dead will return for a fourth season of 16 new episodes on October 13 on AMC.