You know a television show has reached cult following status when the mere release of some promotional artwork stirs up a fan frenzy, and that's exactly what's happened with The Walking Dead. While confirming that the show will have a panel with the cast and crew at San Diego's Comic-Con later this month, AMC released a new banner that seems to imply season 4 is going to be a lot less talking and a LOT more zombie-fighting.
All in favor of massive amounts of walker mayhem say AYE. All opposed who prefer Rick delivering lengthy monologues into a walkie-talkie say MY OPINION DOESN'T COUNT BECAUSE OF MY QUESTIONABLE TASTE IN ZOMBIE-BASED TELEVISION ENTERTAINMENT. Okay then!
In addition to the exciting new season 4 poster, we've got an official premiere episode title to speculate over. All in all, it's sounding like the first Walking Dead episode in October is going to be a hell of a ride.
First things first, let's clap eyes on the new banner:
Duuuuuuude. It looks like they're going to deliver big-time on the producer's promise to rid any lingering notions that the zombies have become a manageable threat to the survivors, doesn't it? We've got Tyreese fighting off a horde using a hammer (this feels ... inadequate) while Michonne takes her badass status to new levels by wielding her katana while galloping on a horse, who's probably totally freaked out because he saw what happened to that other horse in season 1. All in favor of being eaten to down to the hooves by ravenous walkers: NEIGH.
TV Line is reporting that the first episode -- written by new showrunner Scott Gimple -- is called "30 Days Without an Accident." Interesting, right? As others have pointed out, this could mean any number of things, like a jump in time between the season 3 finale and season 4 premiere, or literally the amount of time that's passed between zombie attacks, or maybe something to do with the new Woodbury residents who are now housed in the prison, or, well, who knows. I'm going to assume that it at least refers to the fact that the 30 casualty-free days will be up during the first episode, and bad things are gonna happen as a result.
I think that's a safe guess, based on what executive director Greg Nicotero says we can expect in the season 4 premiere:
In the first episode this season, one of the guys in my crew was like, "You did every gag that you ever did in three years of 'The Walking Dead' in one episode." We had walkers. We had mummified corpses. We had puppets. We had zombie bites.
Also, let's all enjoy this vague but oh-so-promising tweet from Norman Reedus:
Episode one is huge. I promise you'll freakout. gonna be SO GOOD
What do you think of the new banner? And what do you think "30 Days Without an Accident" could mean?
Image via AMC