Spoiler alert: The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is actually pretty cool about spoilers!
Season 4 is starting on October 13, and fan interest is higher than ever — leading spoiler lovers (like us) to search high and low for any legit intel on what will happen next, while spoiler haters cover their eyes and ears and try desperately to avoid knowing too much in advance.
Writer/executive producer Robert recently talked to Entertainment Tonight to preview the new season. He and the other producers and writers start working on the scripts in January and begin shooting in Georgia in May, but it's not until October that the viewers start seeing the episodes. "That's just a great time,” he said, “'cause it's like 'Oh great I don't have to keep that secret anymore...'"
Now that the show is so popular, on-set photos get leaked of things like Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) with a bandage on his hand. Is it strange to Robert to deal with that kind of increased interest and speculation?
"I think it's awesome,” he said. “I mean it's really cool just because 'Oh, Andrew Lincoln has a bandage on his hand, what does it mean?' and it's like nine articles about that. Nobody quite figures it out, so I enjoy it.” It’s possible we wrote all nine of those articles, but if not we have at least two out there speculating about a few comic-related possibilities for the bandage.
Robert continued, “Spoilers are something that I think drive a lot of people crazy, but to me I feel like there's an audience that seeks those out that wants those, and then there's an audience that avoids them like the plague because they don't want them. So — let people have their fun on the Internet. I think it's a cool thing." Yay!
But when asked to share something spoilery about Season 4, he just joked, "Zombies, there's lots of them." He also said there's a new threat that's more deadly than anything thus far. Nothing new, but that's OK. We know by now that Robert is not likely to share the big spoilers. And as much as we love reading juicy advance intel, nothing beats the surprise of seeing something cool play out that you never saw coming!
Source: Entertainment Tonight