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If, like me, you are impatiently counting down the days until The Walking Dead returns in October and you need morsels of updates to keep you going, then help is at hand. The cast and crew of AMC's zombie drama have spoken in detail to EW about what to expect in Season 4 and the new threats facing the group of survivors.

Be warned though, mild spoilers follow and I'll also be talking about the comic book source material. If you want your Walking Dead experience to remain uninfected, proceed with caution.

As a massive fan of the comic book source material, I was a little disappointed that more of the brutalities that occur in the book were not used in Season 3. That is about to change though, with FX guru revealing that one episode from the upcoming season is "almost verbatim" with one issue of the comic:

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.

Now this is were things start to get potentially spoilery because I'm going to start speculating wildly on what issue of the comic this could be. Read on at your own discretion.

Still with me? OK let's continue.

One of the biggest and most shocking events from the comic is Rick's encounter with the Governor, which ended with the former getting his hand hacked off. Could this be the issue that is adapted in an episode? , who plays Rick, remains coy:

I keep saying we should do it, so maybe that's going to happen!

I think mutilating the main protagonist on the show is shocking even for The Walking Dead's normally high standards, so I'm not convinced this is going to happen.

This brings us to our final revelation. Here's showrunner to explain the new threat facing the group:

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.

What the hell does he mean by "you can't stab them in the face?" Is he talking about the weather becoming more of a threat? Perhaps a new breed of zombie? Will aliens invade and the whole show turns into a post-apocalyptic version of the X-Files?

Here's what I think: Father Gabriel Stokes and the hunters are going to make an appearance.



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