With “The Walking Dead” returning Sunday night, we wonder how different Season 4 will be with Scott Gimple taking over as showrunner. Though he’s been involved since Season 2, Gimple is now in charge of the whole ship, and change is always cause for concern.
The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Gimple, Robert Kirkman and members of the cast to get a peek at what we’re in store for this season, interviews that offer up some insight into the direction the show is headed.
“One thing that is quantifiably different is every single character gets a story,” said Gimple, in regards to the biggest change we’ll be seeing this season. “Last year it was something I wanted to do and everybody wanted to do it [but] it was hard with the story we were telling. This season, knowing the story we were telling, I got to be super-disciplined about this and figure out a way everybody gets their story — because they’re great characters and great actors.”
Executive Producer Robert Kirkman echoed Gimple’s sentiments about the season. “It’s much more of a character study than anything we’ve done,” said the creator of the comic series the show is based on. “When season four is done, you will have learned more about Daryl Dixon than you have in seasons one through three. The same is true of Michonne, Rick, Carl, Carol, Hershel, etc. We’re going to be diving into Glenn and Maggie. We’re going to be doing so much with these characters. Characters like Sasha, who we don’t know a lot about. We’re going to be looking at Sasha, Beth — and everybody has really involved storylines that are going to carry through this season that are going to open these characters up. We’re going to know who these people are and what they’re doing and why they’re doing what they’re doing.”
You can read the full article for more thoughts on the matter from Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus and many others, but the general consensus from all parties is that this will be the most personal season yet – one where we will get to know each and every one of the characters better than we ever have in the past. Since the show’s main strength has always been the drama and character development, that sounds damn good to me!
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, “The Walking Dead” stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Scott Wilson, Melissa McBride, David Morrissey, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira, Chad Coleman, and Sonequa Martin-Green. The series is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Tom Luse, and Greg Nicotero.
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