The Walking Dead To Begin Production On Season 4 This May

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' Season 3, Episode 12, 'Clear' -- Gene Page/AMC

"The Walking Dead" will begin production on Season 4 in May.

AMC announced that the zombie apocalypse drama will begin production on May 6 in Atlanta, Ga.

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The network also confirmed news fans already know - Scott M. Gimple is the new showrunner and an executive producer of Season 4.

"Scott has been an essential part of this show since he came aboard at the very beginning of season two. He's contributed to guiding this show in a substantial way that has resulted in a lot of the key scenes and storylines fans have dubbed signature moments of 'The Walking Dead,'" creator Robert Kirkman said in a release. "I am thrilled to begin work on a brand new season of 'The Walking Dead' with Scott at the helm, and I truly believe we could be embarking on what will be the best season of this show yet."

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The new showrunner, who takes over for Glen Mazzara, said he is excited to get started.

"I'm thrilled to continue the tradition of the spectacular, cinematic, horrifying, exciting and emotional storytelling of 'The Walking Dead,'" Gimple said in a release. "I'm a huge fan of the comics, and started with the show on the other side of the set, as an avid viewer. Over the past two years, it's been an incredible privilege making such great television with the best cast and crew I've ever worked with - I can't wait to make some more."

Zombie master Greg Nicotero has also been given a promotion to executive producer alongside Tom Luse.

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Currently, "The Walking Dead" airs at 9 PM on Sunday nights.

Access Hollywood unveiled the first look at three brand new photos from this Sunday's episode, titled "Clear."

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Click HERE to see the new images from this Sunday's "The Walking Dead," featuring Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs).

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