The Walking Dead Season 4 Has “Best Scripts So Far” With “Terrifying” Zombies, Says Norman Reedus
So far, Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) gets The Walking Dead Season 4 gold star for his enticing teases. He got us all excited with his Episode 1 tease, and he worked his magic again in a new radio interview with Sirius XM radio. You can listen to him here — half the fun is just hearing him talk — but he sounds genuinely impressed by the material for Season 4, which will premiere in October on AMC.
“The scripts this season are just amazing,” Norman said, adding that they had been filming for more than three weeks at that point. “The sets are crazy. It feels like we’ve shot about three movies already. It’s super intense, and everything’s for a reason, a specific reason, and it’s great right now.”
A while back, producer Gale Anne Hurd said they planned to re-focus on the danger of zombies: "We are going to amp up the threat of the walkers, because they've started to seem like a manageable threat. They are not a manageable threat.” Norman was asked about Gale’s quote and he said, “We’ve filmed a lot of what Gale’s talking about. It’s true. She hit the nail right on the head. They’ve introduced a way to make zombies scary again, and they’re terrifying. The new threat is just unreal. I can’t of course tell you what that is, but it’s brilliant writing.” TWD props master John Sanders hinted to that in his interview with AMC: “What I can say is that walkers are going to get killed in newer ways this year than any other year before.”
Norman also talked a bit about life after Glen Mazzara, with new showrunner Scott M. Gimple at the helm. Scott is known for writing several great TWD episodes, including Season 3’s “Clear” (the Morgan episode) and “This Sorrowful Life” (the Merle episode). “As far as the internal group, we’re all the same people, but the structure of the writing’s a bit different, and it’s so intense,” Norman said. “These are our best scripts so far.”