I had an interview scheduled with Robert Kirkman recently, hoping to get the scoop on season four of The Walking Dead. Unfortunately, Robert Kirkman of Hollister, Idaho is not the same guy behind the hit AMC zombie show, and knew surprisingly little about it. On the bright side, I found out some interesting things about his John Deere dealership. I don't think our readers are interested in that though.
So instead, I took Kirkman's answers from a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, who tracked down zombie Kirkman to talk season four, but I'm gonna use the questions I wanted to ask him, just to make myself feel better. Here we go:
Will there be more zombies?
It's a much more character-based story. It's going to be more focused on who these characters are and what they're going through. To a certain extent, we got away from that a little bit in season three.
Will there be more disgusting zombies, like 'well-zombie'?
More than any other showrunner, Scott actually read the comics regularly and was a huge fan before show existed and watched the first season and was a fan before he was brought on as a writer in season two. He absolutely loves the material. We are definitely going in some new directions and this will continue to be a different take on the material form the comics but there will possibly be some scenes that are a little bit closer to the comic than we've done in the past. Season four probably has the most number of scenes that are adapted directly from the comic series or very close to what we did.
Will the characters be fighting zombies this season?
There's going to be a bit of a time jump. Some timehas passed between season three and season four. It's only a few months, we're not nailing down the exact number of days or anything like that. The prison that we see is a very different prison and the characters that we see are very different from the last time we saw them.
Is the Governor going to be a zombie?
We're telling completely different stories. While the Governor is still out there and still a threat, we're going to see him in a new light and he won't appear until we least expect it. I don't think people are really going to be able to anticipate what we do with the Governor; it's going to be radically different.
Perhaps a new breed of superintelligent zombie?
I couldn't really say.
How important would you say Zombies are to The Walking Dead?
Bob Stookey is very much the character that he was in the comic series. He also appears in the novel series and is a pretty big character there as well. Maybe that means we're adapting some of the stories he was involved in, maybe we're doing some other things he was a part of or maybe we're going a different way. Like all of the other characters, though we may do different things with them, they are very much the they're same characters that are being adapted into this world and have the same personalities and back stories.
T-Dog had the biggest death of season three, does the group seek vengeance on the Zombies responsible?
That death is going to loom large over the entire cast. Everyone is still reeling from it. Michonne (Danai Gurira) in particular is going to have quite a bit going on with her because of that loss. As we meet Michonne coming back this season, she's on a mission to hunt down the Governor. It's something she's very obsessed with. It's big part of her character this season. She did lose Andrea and she lost her because of the Governor. She's not willing to let that guy go or be out there. It's something that may possibly be to her detriment, the fact that she's so dedicated to finding this person. That's something that very much informs her character this season.
If Lorie returns as a Zombie, does Rick keep her or kill her?
Rick is always trying to do what he feels is best for his family. When he feels like it's best to be the leader and take charge and push people away and do these seemingly crazy things that he was doing in season three, that was all in an effort to protect Carl and Judith. Now he's seen a different path that needs to be protected in a different way and that childhood needs to be preserved and they need to have stability.
Will Carl kill more people or zombies next season?
That's something that has become huge part of Carl's character. That event and the fact that he did that. It's something that Rick has been somewhat terrified by; the fact that his son went to that place and is growing into that person. That's informing both Rick and Carl's actions as they move into this season. There are more people around, there are people from Woodbury that are now living there and Carl is having to deal with this.
Hmm, oddly enough this went pretty much like I imagined it would had I found the right Robert Kirkman. But if you would like to see THR's actual questions and read the full interview, check it out here.
Even though Kirkman was pretty dodgy in my fictional interview with him, I finally received an answer to my zombie questions with a peek at one of the walkers for Season four: