Some devour every morsel they can about the upcoming season of “The Walking Dead” while others avoid spoilers at all costs. If you fall in the latter category, you should probably skip this story. For the rest of you, shamble on in…
We’ve finally learned what the “non-human/non-zombie” threat is that our survivors will be facing in Season 4.
Ever since this past summer’s San Diego Comic-Con roundtables, we’ve been puzzling over the “new threat” being introduced this season. We were told that since you can’t stab it in the face like a zombie or reason with it like a person, it could very well be the “most deadly” thing Rick, Daryl, and the others have faced yet. Well, in a recent TV Guide interview, series creator Robert Kirkman (pictured) shed a bit of light on things.
ONCE AGAIN… SPOILER ALERT!
Kirkman told the Guide, “Mother Nature is rearing it’s [sic] ugly head at a time when we’re completely incapable of combating it. This new threat is this Spanish flu-type sickness that is ravaging these people. That’s really wrecking things for them. Aside from having The Governor (David Morrissey) looming on the horizon or any other kind of human threat that is out there, or zombies — which is something they’re always fighting — they’ve also got to deal with this thing, which is possibly more deadly than anything they’ve faced yet.”
New showrunner Scott Gimple adds, “As far [as] within the prison, there’s a threat that doesn’t come from the outside world; it comes from within the prison.” But lest you think that’s all they’ll have to contend with, Gimple teases, “We have a whole panel of threats this season. A virtual smorgasbord of threats.”
As for whether or not the influx of newcomers could also endanger our core group, Kirkman says, “It’s kind of a Catch-22 in that having more people around you makes you safer, but maintaining that new pocket of civilization is difficult. You’re always going to be running low on resources. Also, each person brings with them their own unique challenge. So it is possible that they let somebody into this prison, or somebody snuck into this prison, that shouldn’t be there so there’s another threat on the horizon.”
We already know most of what else Gimple and Kirkman had to say, but there are a few new tidbits like whether or not Season 4 will contain any flashbacks and what Rick will be up to this year – including more on both his farming and his fathering activities (he may be retired, but, Gimple promises, “Zombies putting their hands up and backing away will not be happening“) – so be sure to hit the link at the bottom of the page. And tune in on Sunday – let’s help keep this little “zombie show” the #1 series on TV!
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.
“The Walking Dead” Episode 4.01, “30 Days Without an Accident” (10/13/13) – SEASON 4 PREMIERE
Rick and the group are as close to an ideal life as possible at the prison. Will they be able to hold on to humanity in the face of a new evil? Written by Scott Gimple and directed by Greg Nicotero.
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