The Walking Dead Season 4 Spoilers: More Governor, “Cumulative Storytelling,” and More!
As you probably know, The Walking Dead Season 4 is now filming and will premiere in October. The cast and producers will be at Comic-Con next Friday, July 19, when we should get tons of teases and spoilers. In the meantime, brand new showrunner Scott Gimple talked to The Hollywood Reporter about his plan for Season 4. He was asked about the angry fan reaction to the Season 3 finale, when The Governor escaped and Andrea died.
“Hopefully all those people will be excited about the stuff that's coming in this new season,” Scott told THR. “Maybe some of the [conflict with Michonne, Rick and the Governor] wasn't entirely skipped over. It's all part of a greater story because the story is continuing. All that stuff is going to affect the future.” Since David Morrissey (The Gov) is back as a series regular for Season 4, we have to believe his unfinished business will be a significant part of the new season.
Scott was also asked how his vision differs from the first two showrunners; Frank Darabont had a more introspective, character-driven approach, whereas Glen Mazzara’s run was fast-paced with tons of action. “I'm trying to take a greatest-hits approach and take the best of both those runs and run with it,” Scott said. “As far as my own personal stamp, it's more of what we do here already with character-driven stories and really delving into these characters while having some amazing, horrible scares and exciting sequences but all in service to a greater story that builds. A phrase that I've been caught using a bunch is ‘cumulative storytelling.’ It's about having everything stack up so it means something. When The Walking Dead has been its best, all that stuff is happening at once: the emotion, action, horror, scares. I'm very proud that I was able to write an episode where a little zombie girl could walk out of a barn after a horrific zombie execution and have people cry. That's one of the proudest things I've ever done.”
He’s talking about the Season 2 episode where Sophia emerges from the barn; he wrote that one, along with other iconic eps, like Morgan’s return and Merle’s walker death on Season 3.
Asked what keeps him up at night, Scott dished on a pretty gruesome Season 4 scene. “I have many fears in this life; I can be a bit of a worrier. Something that was keeping me up at night was one of the actual scenes that we did. It was a moment, and I blame [Season 4 premiere director Greg] Nicotero for it. I was closing my eyes and seeing it, and it wasn't pleasant. It won't be pleasant. In fact, I would say it was so unpleasant that the last several seconds had to be cut out because it just wouldn't have been nice to anybody. I don't want to spoil it, but it's the execution of an amazing gag. It isn't a giant moment because we had to trim a bit off it. People who are watching will see it if they really lock onto it. It's not a pretty thing. But we're not exactly shoving it in the audiences' faces.”
That’s not a bad tease! It reminds us of something TWD’s props master John Sanders said to AMC about some new weapons fans can look forward to seeing on Season 4. “My favorite implement will be this season,” John said. “I've been waiting for two years, trying to talk to [producer/special effects make-up designer] Greg Nicotero about doing this to a walker, and he saw it this year and just jumped on it. I can't really tell you what it is, but I can tell you it's going to be the craziest thing on the show, yet. What I can say is that walkers are going to get killed in newer ways this year than any other year before.”
Based on that, it does sound like Scott is planning for a good mix of story-building, character development, and graphic zombie kills. We’re sold!
Are you looking forward to Scott’s turn as showrunner?