Robert Kirkman Talks New Characters in The Walking Dead, a Different Tone, that Radio Signal, and More!

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Robert Kirkman Talks New Characters in The Walking Dead, a Different Tone, that Radio Signal, and More!Just a few more days, and “The Walking Dead” will be back! What can we expect? Robert Kirkman sheds some light on where our survivors are and what challenges they’ll face as well as what new characters they’ll meet.

Speaking with EW, Kirkman shared the following:

Cast members are talking about how the final eight episodes are tonally different from the first eight. Can you talk about that a bit and how they may feel a bit different?
RK: It’s all of our characters scattered to the winds. Everybody’s separated, and so we’re actually doing a lot of really intense, character focusing episodes. So because they’re separated there will be episodes that focus on different people. There will be episodes that focus on different groups at a time when they’re in their worst situation yet. We’re really going to really drill down into them and get to know them much more than we’ve gotten to know them before. I think after the end of these eight episodes, you’re going to be acutely aware of who these people are, and I think they’re going to be some really shocking revelations about what makes people tick and who they really are at their core.

We’re going to see a few new big characters from the comics — Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), Rosita (Christian Serratos), and Eugene (Josh McDermitt). What can you tell us about them and how similar or different they will be to the original comic iterations?
RK: These characters are going to be extremely similar to who they were in the comics, and I’m really excited about that. The visuals and costuming for them has been absolutely amazing. These people really do look like they were torn out of the comic page; it’s pretty startling. But I will say people excited for the introduction of these characters won’t have to wait very long. I don’t want to reveal exactly when they’ll be introduced, but it won’t be too terribly late in the season so get your hopes up. They really are going to add a very interesting and very compelling dynamic to the show. I think they’re going to bring in elements to the show that we’ve never really explored before, and I think that’s exciting and something that’s going to change the game to a certain extent. I’m always very excited at how much this show evolves over time and changes season to season, and these three characters are [an] agent that very much changes the story and very much changes the direction of the show to a certain extent.

Are we going to learn more about the faint radio signal Daryl and the others picked up on in the car?
RK: We will absolutely, definitely learn a ton more about that. I think that the first eight episodes of the season probably deserve a rewatch if you’re really invested in what’s coming up. And when it comes time in a couple of years when you watch all of Season 4 as a whole, there are so many hints and so many little breadcrumbs thrown out that are going to be paid off in the back half of Season 4 that people are going to be shocked at the things that they didn’t notice. There are so many little things that are unresolved and are going to be picked up and addressed in these last eight episodes, and that recording is definitely chief among them, but there’s a lot of stuff we’re going to be dealing with.

Does that include the identity of the person putting the rats by the fence?
RK: Yeah, that’s like a whole plot thread! I wanna know what happens there! We wouldn’t leave that hanging.

Any chance we’ll see Carol again?
RK: All I’ll say on that front is that Carol was exiled from the prison because of what she did. And now all of our characters have in a sense been exiled from the prison. So, you know… they’re all pretty much in the same place now.

What about seeing Morgan again?
RK: All I’ll say is, it’s entirely possible. I feel like the “Clear” episode that Morgan last appeared [in] would be a worthy end of the story the way he represented Rick’s future and put him back on the path that he was on, and it really played up and played off that relationship they built in the very first episode. And that would have been — would be — a fine ending for that character story. But we all love Lennie James and we all want to see Morgan again so it may happen at some point, it may not. We all want to see Morgan again as much as the fans do. You never know.

How about Lilly and Tara? Will we see them or anyone from the Governor’s storyline again, or is that chapter complete?
RK: There are some people in that mix that we didn’t see die that could theoretically pop up at some point in the future

There’s a bit more, including a few teases of Michonne’s back story, so be sure to hit the link below for the rest.

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, 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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