Walking Dead season 4When last we visited the topic of Walking Dead spoilers from the upcoming fourth season, I was telling you about how there may be big changes ahead for two of the main characters. The latest scoop comes courtesy of a VERY interesting article over at The Hollywood Reporter, which includes no less than 14 season 4 spoilers.

Of course, we're all using the term "spoiler" a little loosely, because most of these revelations would fall into what I would call the teaser category. That doesn't mean they aren't fascinating as all get out, though. I've rounded up six of the juiciest season 4 announcements the Walking Dead cast and creators decided to share in this latest interview. (Don't read further if you haven't watched season 3!)

One episode will follow the comics storyline exactly. Co-executive producer and special effects guru Greg Nicotero says one upcoming season 4 episode will be "almost verbatim" with a Walking Dead comic issue:

It's really fascinating to make those slight departures, introduce new characters and then get to a situation where you take one episode and you really stick to the source material. You'll be surprised about the way the characters lay out.

Ooh, which one could it possibly be? The really big storylines that come to mind -- the suicide pact, Rick beating the murderer, Rick fighting Tyreese -- involve characters that aren't in the show, so I'm VERY curious how this will turn out.

Rick isn't likely to keep hallucinating Lori. OH THANK GOD. According to Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick,

Lori's death was incredibly well-explored last season and I'm one of these actors that doesn't like repeating things. One of the great strengths of the show is that we don't like to repeat things. Perhaps we won't see any white-dressed wives appearing this season -- but who knows!

Please just don't, AMC. I am so all done with Lori, thank you very much.

It's possible Michonne may be the one who will find where the Governor's been since last season -- and deliver his punishment. Show creator Robert Kirkman says,

More than any other character, Michonne is driven to find the Governor and find out what's going on with him; where he is, what he may be plotting and bringing him to justice.

That much-teased 'threat' is seriously a BFD. Dude, they are selling this mysterious threat so hard I sure hope it can live up to all the hype. Showrunner Scott Gimple:

It's someone we haven't seen before. Someone unusual; you can't stab them in the face, you can't reason with it. It's a force that would be dangerous in this world and in the world of The Walking Dead, it's terrifying.

It's "someone" -- not "something" -- you can't stab? Okay, I've theorized about this a million times, but I'm officially out. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT.

The zombies are going to be unexpectedly dangerous. The crew has been very clear that the walker threat would be increased in season 4, but Nicotero made an interesting comment about the upcoming surprise factor:

Our group became very proficient at killing walkers, so one of the things that Scott and I talked about after season three was we wanted that threat to be ever constant and ever present. We've devised ways to put our characters in instantaneous jeopardy without them being prepared for it.

Maybe he's talking about herds? At any rate, it sure sounds like there will be plenty of holy-crap moments to look forward to, doesn't it?

The very first episode will introduce new characters and that new threat. Season 4 will follow the split-season strategy where there will essentially be one main story, a mid-season finale, then a second story in the second half of the season. Of the season premiere, Nicotero says,

It's really the one episode of the season where there's a little bit of lightheartedness before the shit hits the fan. It doesn't last very long.

I say this every time, but I can't WAIT. Come on, October 13!

What do you think about these new season 4 teases? Do you have any more guesses for the Mysterious Deadly Threat™?


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