In case you haven't figured it out yet, my incredibly professional and surely not at all annoying approach to covering Walking Dead material over the summer is basically this: if it's a day ending in "y," it's time for a post about season 4. I know, I know, the constant speculation and rumor-mongering is probably getting old, but it could be worse, right? I could be laser-focused on that Fifty Shades of Grey movie instead.
Anyway, the most recent word on the zombie-filled street is related to the new characters that will appear in episodes four, six, and seven of season 4. The names of these Walking Dead episodes have been leaked, along with the intriguing casting calls for two brothers who will appear in episode seven and a character description of "Don," a new face we'll meet in episode six.
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We already knew that four Walking Dead characters are promoted to series regulars in season 4: David Morrisey (the Governor), Chad Coleman (Tyreese), Sonequa Martin-Green (Tyreese's sister Sasha), and Emily Kinney (Hershel's daughter Beth). It was also previously reported that Lawrence Gilliard Jr. has been cast as Bob Stookey, a former Army medic.
As for what else we can expect in terms of new faces, here's the very latest from the rumor mills:
Episode 4 will be titled "Indifference." Two survivors named Jack and Erin will be joining the cast. Both are in their 20s and described as easygoing and “extremely thin.” Sounds like maybe these folks came from the road rather than Woodbury?
Episode 6 will be titled "Rise." The sixth episode will introduce a new character named Don in a guest role. Don is reportedly between 50 and 70 years old, has a granddaughter, and is described as kind but "sometimes grumpy." He'll be played by character actor Danny Vinson (Walk the Line, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby). Two more recurring characters are slated to appear in "Rise," including a single mother and former nurse named Laura, and a "tough and funny" woman named Melody.
Stop the presses -- is it possible The Walking Dead is actually going to start featuring some strong, likable female characters? Well hot damn, it's about time.
Episode 7 will be titled "Dead Weight." The show is looking to cast two actors as brothers around 30 years old. Here's the description: "Mack is an aggressive wiseass and Patrick is fair-minded. Mack is recurring and Patrick is a guest role." Hmmm, so the asshole brother survives while the nice guy gets turned into zombie chow? Or maybe that casting description is deliberately misleading, since the "guest role" term seems pretty flexible.
If this was a normal show, I'd wonder if the writers weren't running the risk of making the script too cumbersome by adding a bunch of new people. On The Walking Dead, though, you can always count on one thing to help balance out any character sprawl in the storyline: death, and lots of it.
What do you think of the rumored new characters in season 4? Are you intrigued by the brothers, who sound somewhat similar to the Dixon boys?
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