Along with new showrunner Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman is at the center of The Walking Dead Season 4's development and knows the plan for the upcoming season. There are definitely a lot of questions about where the show is headed after last Sunday's Season 3 finale, and Kirkman discussed what we can look forward to in the fourth season during a recent interview.

As mentioned recently, David Morrissey is back as a series regular in the fourth season. Here's what Robert Kirkman told IGN about The Governor: "Yeah, he’s still very much in the mix. That’s certainly not the last that we’ll see of him. When we see him again and where we see him again, that’s the big question. It’s not going to be like it was in Season 3; it’s not going to be Rick and the Governor on a collision course with a conflict between them. He’ll be used in very different ways next season."

We'll see a different Carl and Rick in Season 4: "Rick has had a success. The people at the prison have survived this conflict with the Governor, he brought people from Woodbury into the prison, and he’s kind of had this big win. He’s had this moment where he’s brought people together and he’s doing good things. But he’s had this tremendous loss in that Carl has lost this piece of his humanity. This has been Rick’s main mission throughout the show, to protect his family. We’ve seen two very big failures on that front this season.

Moving into next season, we’re going to see a very different Rick, but one of his main goals is to manage this situation with Carl and see if he can bring him back from this darkness that’s crept into him. Whether or not he’s able to do that, we’ll have to see. But this is a big change in the character of Carl, but it’s something that’s going to be weighing heavily on Rick next season."

Although it seemed very likely, Robert Kirkman confirmed that the new season will take place at the prison once again: "I’ll say that there are a lot of familiar elements that are remaining. Michonne is still around, Rick and his group are still in the prison, the Governor’s still out there… so there are a lot of things that are carrying over from Season 3 to Season 4, but I can’t stress how different things are going to be.

There are going to be some radical changes to those elements that are going to bring in a lot of new storytelling. While [Season 4] does seem somewhat familiar, it’s going to be vastly different from Season 3."


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  • Guest

    My question is why they didn’t take over Woodbury instead. I know the prison is more secure in a lot of ways but with new mouths to feed I think the town would be better in the long run.

  • That struck me as odd, as well. It’s not look Woodbury isn’t secure and the prison doesn’t have a gigantic hole in it. Not to mention the guard towers are now toast.

    Then again, there was a lot about the finale that didn’t sit right with me.

  • That is what i thought too, since nothing like this happened in the comic, I thought why not take Woodbury? Hopefully they will go on a big run and clean out all the supplies they can from the town, because they have to have a pretty decent stockpile compared to the prison. They are going to run out of food and quick with all those new mouths to feed. One element that I loved about the prison in the comic was they planted a large garden and Hershel tended to it. Maybe we will see some of that is season 4, there are still a lot of things that went on in the prison in the comic that didnt happen this season. I do have high hopes for season 4, I will miss Andrea, Merle, and T Dog! And I guess Lori, but she died in the comic in the prison so I was ready for her death.

  • The prison is infinitely more defensible than Woodbury. Since the Governor is still alive and gunning for Rick, the prison is their only rational choice. Woodbury is way too open and sprawling to keep track of or to keep anyone out if they really want in.

  • The Governor knows the intricacies of Woodbury. He knows it’s weaknesses, he knows all of the little things about WB whereas he doesn’t know that about the Prison.

  • The writing on this show is such a mess, it really doesn’t deserve the ratings its getting.

  • P-dawg

    I was really looking forward to them leaving the prison. Oh well. I guess AMC didn’t want to spend the $$$ for a new set.

  • Yes P-Dawg you are most likely right, because the tight waud director say’s it is cheaper to film inside. I know this much, they will loose fans if they never film outside anymore like they did at the farm. The prison life is a drag eigther way you look at it.

  • Sounds like AMC wants to save money by reusing the same set. I understand it costs money, but they’re not letting the story unfold naturally….corporate goons never care or understand that, and it is starting to make TWD less of what it used to be…IMHO.

  • hjk

    I hope that “vastly different” isn’t a sign that the writers are going to kill off all of our favorite characters from the original group and replace them with newbies. Of course, character death is necessary on The Walking Dead but by killing off all the vulnerable characters like Hershel and Carol, there’s nobody to root for. We know that Rick, Carl, Michonne and Daryl aren’t going anywhere so that whittles it down to a small minority. Please writers, don’t kill for the sake of killing! Kill with meaning and remember the characters who the viewers have invested in!

  • I think they should go to where Morgan is, he has all kinds of weapons and it’s all booby trapped

  • This show is slowly going down the drain. If they stay in the same area for 2 seasons they will surely lose viewers fast. Have to keep moving to keep the various story lnes moving forward.

  • I have to remember to stop comparing it to the comic when I see things and where the story should be at this point. The show deviated from the comic a ways back and made it’s own path just like Dexter did from the books. I’m curious to see what season 4 brings.

  • pablo_rajczyk

    Care to elaborate? I totally disagree with you.

  • people are alway going to find a reason to complain. The Set? Cheaper ? your retarded. What dose that have to do with anything? Sloppy writing ? Please, share some of your writing. id love to see how its properly done.

  • Stonerrdude23

    Same here I totally disagree with you

  • Stonerrdude23

    I doubt that seriously. If they keep interesting like they have been doing, there will be no problem. I bet they will be venturing out as well too.

  • thetaj1067

    This is one of the best shows in the history of television, period. The intensity is unmatched by most other shows that have come along.