We have a few “The Walking Dead” Season 4 teasers from Robert Kirkman here and here, and now it’s time to hear from exec producer Gale Anne Hurd, who says it’s a good bet the zombies, who stayed on the sidelines a lot during Season 3, will become more threatening. Read on for more.
Hurd spoke at length with IGN, and here are some highlights, mostly with regard to what’s ahead and how the post-apocalyptic tale reflects the real world’s current conditions and fears. But for more, especially pertaining to the Season 3 finale and some of the choices made over the course of the year, be sure to hit the link at the bottom of the page.
Why keep the Governor alive? Is it that he provides a strong counter to Rick and what he brings out in him as a character?
Hurd: “The Walking Dead” will never do what’s expected of us. You always expect that the big bad will be killed in the finale. It’s really unlikely we’re going to do that. I think that there’s more to be done with not only the character but with the conflict that we get to see, the difference in leadership between the Governor and Rick.
With the Governor still out there, how will the tone or nature of the show change going into Season 4?
Hurd: I don’t think it’s changing… Yes, there will more than likely be a passage of time. It’s unlikely to follow to directly after the end of [the finale].
It doesn’t seem like it will be about Rick and the Governor. Rick and Carl seem to be coming to the forefront as having two contrasting viewpoints about how to handle this world. Do you feel like what Carl did was the right thing?
Hurd: It’s complex. It’s clearly right in his mind. In his mind, he personally saw how walking away, as he walked away from that walker that killed Dale, was the wrong thing to do. And he felt that Rick, his father, should have just killed another man in cold blood, and that that would have been the right decision. That’s unlikely something that Rick is going to do. And we’ll have to see more of parenting in the apocalypse and how Rick deals with that.
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One question a lot people have, because it happened off-screen, is: Why bring Woodbury to the prison? Why not just relocate to the town and take it over?
Hurd: Who knows? The Governor is still out there with Shumpert and Martinez. They’ve still got significant firepower. If they go to Woodbury, at this point, Woodbury’s not as protected as it used to be. I think everyone was traumatized by what happened, and I think they feel safer in the prison.
So, is the whole population now in the prison, or are there still people left in Woodbury? And have you begun for all the new roles yet
Hurd: I couldn’t tell you that, to be honest. I think that’s a decision we’ll come to find out in the new season, [and no], we haven’t cast anyone yet.
How are you going to handle having all of these characters to introduce along with all the characters that already need to be served?
Hurd: You’ll see. [Laughs] We have a few interesting things up our sleeve.
About those “more threatening” zombies, is that a result of it seeming like they’ve become so comfortable with the fact that they’ve got the situation handled, in a way?
Hurd: Yeah, I think we’ve come to discover that in a post-zombie apocalypse you can never get too comfortable with anything.
The rise of zombies in the media is kind of interesting, in itself. World War Z director Marc Forster was talking about how in Romero films zombies represented consumerism. For him, in his film, what they represent is overpopulation and limited resources and the drive to grasp at the last resources. What do you think the zombies themselves represent in “The Walking Dead”?
Hurd: I think that they tap into the fear that I know most of my friends have, that something awful — even more awful than what’s been happening now — is right around the corner. There’s been the financial collapse, there’s been the global economic collapse, there’s been the hurricanes, the floods, the volcanoes, the earthquakes. I think it’s the fear that we won’t escape, that we won’t escape some sort of cataclysm, and that we will be reduced to living in fear, and even greater fear that it’s going to be personal.
Then the responses of the characters reflect how people are responding in various ways to the real world crises?
Hurd: Yes, exactly. Yeah, there are people who are all in it for themselves, there are people who are trying to do the right thing, there are people who are holed up by themselves, there are people who are giving up — all of that I think is reflected in our characters.
We’ve seen Daryl become a better man, and there’s a lot of Team Daryl for leadership out there…
Hurd: And he’s also the most well-equipped to survive in this world. Some people have that kind of skill set. And you’re right, he went from being a character who really didn’t want to be a part of any kind of society to someone who is not only integrated, but everyone has come to rely on, who clearly cares deeply about the group. We’re going to see how his brother’s death affects him in the new season. But you know what? Is he someone who really wants that responsibility? We’ll have to see.
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