After watching The Walking Dead season 4 premiere, we are know aware of the "threat from Mother Nature" that the new season will focus on. New executive producer Scott Gimple discusses what will be explored through that conflict and other new elements on the horizon in episodes to come with THR.
After watching the season 4 premiere of AMC's The Walking Dead, audience members will now know a bit more of that continuous 'threat' that'll be present throughout the season. We know that it is a 'threat from Mother Nature,' some sort of 'flu.' New exec producer sat down with THR and expanded on some of the storylines TWD will pursue.
It is safe to say Patrick died of whatever that was. The walker that was at the fence that we saw was rather fresh; he's not very rotted. I would intuit that because it's a fresh zombie, that the person who died recently was by the same method Patrick died.
The threat seems pretty freakin' dangerous, and Gimple adds that survivors can contract that 'virus' from walkers as well:
In refugee situations, when people are in close contact like that, bad things health-wise have usually happened. In a third-world situation like this, the effects can be even worse. If that zombie died of the same thing that Patrick did, and Patrick said he was feeling ill, that would mean you'd want to stay away from those zombies as well. So standing up against the fence and smashing and stabbing them in the face, there's a great deal of blood flying everywhere. It's very bad news and presents potentially a very difficult situation beyond the simple difficulty of being around other people, which you have to be.
Michonne and Daryl's relationship with the Governor is another aspect that will be heavily touched upon:
God knows that Daryl has his beef with the Governor [over his brother Merle's death] and it's a pretty big one. We'll learn more about Daryl's involvement in how Michonne was doing this in later episodes, especially episode four. Obviously people are cool with it, but Daryl doesn't seem to think it's a good idea, and he's who would be most sympathetic.
And, finally, Gimple addresses Glen and Maggie's possible pregnancy:
Right now it was a small exchange and theoretical discussion [about potentially having a baby]. Things are about to get much less theoretical. What they expressed to each other is going to test both sides of the argument through events that occur.
What do you think? Is Season 4 looking to be the best season yet?
The Walking Dead airs Sundays on AMC at 9 PM (EST).