Comic-Con: ‘Walking Dead’ gets Season 4 premiere date, more zombies

July 19, 2013 | 4:30 p.m.

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in the season 3 finale of "The Walking Dead." (Gene Page/AMC)

Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes and Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in the season 3 finale of "The Walking Dead." (Gene Page/AMC)

Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes in the season 3 finale of "The Walking Dead." (Gene Page/AMC)

Michonne (Danai Gurira), Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Carol (Melissa Suzanne McBride) in the season 3 finale of "The Walking Dead." (Gene Page/AMC)

Tyreese (Chad Coleman) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) in the season 3 finale of "The Walking Dead." (Gene Page/AMC)

David Morrissey as the Governor in the season 3 finale of "The Walking Dead." (Gene Page/AMC)

David Morrissey as the Governor in the season 3 finale of "The Walking Dead." (Gene Page/AMC)

David Morrissey as the Governor in the season 3 finale of "The Walking Dead." (Gene Page/AMC)

Tyreese (Chad Coleman) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) in the season 3 finale of "The Walking Dead." (Gene Page/AMC)

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon in the season 3 finale of "The Walking Dead." (Gene Page/AMC)

Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes in the season 3 finale of "The Walking Dead." (Gene Page/AMC)

David Morrissey as the Governor in the season 3 finale of "The Walking Dead." (Gene Page/AMC)

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in the season 3 finale of "The Walking Dead." (Gene Page/AMC)

Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) in the season 3 finale of "The Walking Dead." (Gene Page/AMC)

Tyreese (Chad Coleman), Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the Governor (David Morrissey) in the season 3 finale of "The Walking Dead." (Gene Page/AMC)

Gale Anne Hurd , CEO of Valhalla Entertainment, poses for a portrait at Valhalla Entertainment in Los Angeles with a zombie from the AMC series' "The Walking Dead" for which Hurd is the executive producer on March 13, 2012. (Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times)

The new season of AMC’s runaway zombie hit, “The Walking Dead,” will premiere Oct. 13. And according to executive producer Robert Kirkman and new showrunner Scott Gimple, expect things to go crazy quickly.

“It’s an escalation,” Kirkman said. “It has escalated,” Gimple reiterated.

While the assembled “Walking Dead” crew was reluctant to speak about the new season too much, with the ever-looming fear of spoilers hanging over them, they did reveal some behind-the-scenes tidbits that ultra-zombie fans may find fascinating.

Executive producer and makeup master Greg Nicotero, who also directed the fourth season premiere, spoke a bit about how each season brings further refinement to the walker makeups and more creative thinking from the writers as to how to include the zombie effects in the story.

“Twenty-four hours ago we shot one of the coolest zombie gags ever,” Nicotero teased.

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Kirkman, Nicotero and Gimple, along with fellow executive producers David Alpert and Gale Anne Hurd, quickly introduced the first trailer for the fourth season, which promises much more action at the prison, a chance for Rick to use his detective skills and an expanded role for Tyreese (Chad Coleman), whose character was introduced last season and is a fan favorite from the comics.

Panel moderator Chris Hardwick then brought out cast members Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson, Chad Coleman, Norman Reedus and David Morrissey.

Though Morrissey’s villainous Governor character survived last season, Kirkman and others have played coy about when exactly his character will be reintroduced in the new season. He was not seen in the Season 4 trailer. Morrissey maintains that the Governor isn’t such a bad guy, though he had to be reminded that he killed many of his own followers at the end of last season.

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“He went off with two of them!” Morrissey said in his defense. “He didn’t kill them all!”

Many fans asked about the departure of cast members on the series, something that happens quite frequently. As Lincoln explained it, “I work with amazing actors and make amazing friendships. Then they get bitten and I shoot them.”

Nicotero said that in the screening room at their studio in Georgia, the photos of departed cast members hang on the wall. “We call them the ‘Grateful Dead’” Nicotero explained.

“I call it the Hall of Maim,” Morrissey said.

Many fans pushed for a romance between Rick (Lincoln) and Michonne (Gurira), something the show’s creators and the actors had clearly never considered. Others pushed for a romance between Michonne and Daryl (Reedus), another pairing that seemed to amuse the performers.

“We’re playing footsie under the table,” Lincoln said.

Lincoln talked about how his character will attempt to become more a father to his son, Carl, in the new season. Though Lincoln did say that the actor who plays his son, Chandler Riggs, has undergone a growth spurt and his voice has deepened in the months while the show was on hiatus.

“I sometimes have to speak in a lower octave when I’m in scenes with him,” Lincoln noted.

– Patrick Kevin Day | @LATherocomplex

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8 Responses to Comic-Con: ‘Walking Dead’ gets Season 4 premiere date, more zombies

  1. Rob says:

    That looks awesome! Can it get any better? I think maybe it can! More Zombies…Yes!

  2. SosolynJ says:

    I sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo can't wait, looks very very good, Can't wait for season 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. KHdinoso says:

    Ohh !! i cant wait to watch the season 4 of The walking dead !!! I like Glen and Rick !! Go !!

  4. cheri says:

    I am so pumped, cant wait until october 13,2013

  5. Sergio says:

    #KillCarl

  6. sonya says:

    I try to explain to friends that do not watch show why its sooo amazing. I get em to watch the PRIEMERE SHOW………..N THEN THEY R HOOKED!!!!!!!!
    YEPPPPP…..ITS LIKE DRUGS TO A JUNKIE! ITS AMAZING……N NOW A spin off…..well as long as Kirkman keeps the same amazing drive n imagination with TWD then I will b ok. I will def watch!!!
    COME ON OCT 13`th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. bara says:

    I would rather be in their world than the one we live in now. At least we know that each one is fighting for each other. They are all surviving togeather. Not like today when the dangers we face are far more dangerous.

  8. Blue n Yankee says:

    Common in What are we waiting for? Xmas haha, Yankee n me are waiting for Season 4< more Zombies >

    Caracas

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