AMC's The Walking Dead is something of an oddity. Despite going into a fourth season with its third showrunner at the helm, the zombie drama goes from strength to strength, grinding its competition into the dust. is the guy tasked with taking over showrunner duties for the new season and he's been talking to The Hollywood Reporter about why Season 4 will look to incorporate the "greatest hits" of the first three seasons and could be the best one yet:
I'm trying to take a greatest-hits approach and take the best of both those runs and run with it. As far as my own personal stamp, it's more of what we do here already with character-driven stories and really delving into these characters while having some amazing, horrible scares and exciting sequences but all in service to a greater story that builds... When The Walking Dead has been its best, all that stuff is happening at once: the emotion, action, horror, scares. I'm very proud that I was able to write an episode where a little zombie girl could walk out of a barn after a horrific zombie execution and have people cry. That's one of the proudest things I've ever done.
Gimple also revealed that Season 4 will be a "remix" of Robert Kirkman's comic book source material. So does this mean that some of the shocking events in the comic (and I'm thinking of Rick and the Governor's encounter in particular) will make it into the show?
...there are going to be big moments from the comic that will be seen in a very different context that fans will recognize but aren't that different in the continuity of the book...You will recognize a bunch of those big moments this season, but you will also see that they aren't exactly the same as they panned out in the comic, and you'll know why because of where the story is now.
That is a potentially huge revelation, because if half of the brutality that occurs in the comic is going to take place in the show, then Season 4 could well be the best (and bloodiest) yet.
The Walking Dead Season 4 premieres in October.
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