UPDATE (July 19): The Walking Dead Season 4 premiere was just confirmed at 2013 San Diego Comic-Con. Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 13 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
UPDATE: According to a February 27 report in USA Today, production on The Walking Dead Season 4 will begin May 6 in Atlanta. There will be 16 episodes (just like Season 3). Season 4 will reportedly premiere in October 2013, as expected, and they will likely do the midseason break thing again. We're still waiting on an exact premiere date, so just clear every Sunday in October until further notice!
AMC's official renewal of The Walking Dead for Season 4 came at the same time as the shocking news that Glen Mazzara would be leaving as showrunner, replaced by Scott Gimple.
It was such a to-do, we forgot to get excited about Season 4. It was always inevitable, but so what? It's still cool! According to a December 9, 2012, story onTheCitizen.com in Georgia, The Walking Dead will be returning to Senoia, Georgia, for Season 4, and pre-production for the show will probably begin in March 2013. Comic book writer/executive producer Robert Kirkman talked to Entertainment Weekly in a February 10 interview and gave them a Season 4 update: “We're on our second week of writing. We’re knee deep in it and we start filming in May.”
Season 3 also started filming in May. So when will The Walking Dead Season 4 premiere? Seasons 1, 2, and 3 all premiered in October, so there’s no reason why AMC wouldn’t stick with that spooky undead timeframe. It ain't broke, so don't break it. The returns have gotten slightly earlier each time, too. TWD Season 1 premiered on Halloween 2010. Season 2 kicked off on October 16, 2011. Season 3 premiered on October 14, 2012. If we had to throw down a guess, we'd say Season 4 will premiere on Sunday, October 13. We'll update the intel with the official news when it comes out.