The Walking Dead Season 3 has several episodes to go at this point, but it’s never too early to look ahead to Season 4. At TWD’s Paley Fest panel, executive producer Gale Ann Hurd told Entertainment Weekly that “the writer’s room has cooked up the first eight episodes [of Season 4], and they’ll probably start writing next week. And we start shooting May 6.” There will reportedly be 16 episodes again (like Season 3) with the premiere expected sometimes in October.

What are some of the expected themes of the season?

Executive producer Greg Nicotero told EW, “I think there may be a wee bit less of the run and gun. And [we'll] get a little more into some of our characters. The challenge with a show like this, when you have a big ensemble, is you don’t want any of the characters to get lost; it’s important that we know what Carol’s story is and that we know what Beth’s story is. And when you’re trying to service a lot of characters, it becomes challenging. Watching the first season of Walking Dead and seeing how grounded it was, that’s really important to all of us. Andy Lincoln and I spent a lot of time going through the scripts and making sure we feel that they’re grounded. Because that’s what keeps our audience coming back. The walkers and the gore and the action and stuff, that’s fun, that’s the popcorn part of it. But if you don’t have characters that people are invested in, you lose your audience.”

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Hmm. We loved Season 2, but wasn’t one of the complaints that they spent too much time on characters hanging out on the farm, talking about their soap opera problems, and not enough time with action and zombies? When you cater to one slice of the audience, you risk upsetting the other. Hopefully they can find a good balance between action and character development. But when he hints to less “run and gun,” that suggests the war with Woodbury will be resolved by the end of the season, yes? Maybe The Governor will die? Maybe Rick and his group will stay at the prison, or maybe even take over Woodbury? 

Random side note: Is there any way to just go back to the farm? The only problem with the farm was that walker herd passing through, but they must’ve heard a loud noise by now and moved on, right? Can’t they fortify the farm, instead of the dark, depressing prison “tomb”?

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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