Same Bat-time. Same Bat-channel. Same Bat-location. But don’t expect The Walking Dead Season 4 to be too much like Season 3.

Comic book writer/executive producer Robert Kirkman previewed Season 4 to The Hollywood Reporter. “It's going to be different in a lot of ways. We'll see a very different Rick Grimes for one. His experiences against the Governor and with the various things that happened to him in Season 3 are informing his character in huge ways. We'll see a lot of familiar elements from Season 3: we'll see the prison, Rick and his group are still in the same place but those elements are all going to be radically different. I can't really get into it but Season 4 is going to be extremely different than Season 3 in some very startling and cool ways."

On the Season 3 finale, we saw Rick tell his son Carl the new Woodbury people are with them, This is a new tactic, since Rick has been pushing people away all season, and now Carl is on his own scary us vs. them path. What’s going to happen with Rick and Carl?

"Because of Andrea's sacrifice and seeing the Governor for who he is and knowing he's killed all these people, Rick is changing,” Kirkman continued. “This is the moment where Rick takes a turn; he's no longer going to be pushing people away, he's no longer going to be doing whatever he can to protect these people in ways that hurt other people. He's not going to be the guy who would leave that guy on the side of the road — the backpack guy in Episode 12. He's letting the people of Woodbury in and trying to tell Carl that these people are like us, you have to be open to this and the only way to survive in this world is to have people and be in a community. That's going to be a big part of Season 4."

How does Season 4 sound so far, to you? Are you hopeful?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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