'The Walking Dead' Season 4: 9 Things We Know So Far
Warning: Potential spoilers ahead, for fans of the TV show and "Walking Dead" comic book readers.
There's no lack of great TV coming our way this summer — the final episodes of both "Dexter" and "Breaking Bad," for instance — but that doesn't mean October, when the fourth season of "The Walking Dead" will premiere, is far away.
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With the cast and crew of "The Walking Dead" back in production for more than a month now, info on the new season is dribbling out, so here, our guide to everything we know about Season 4 so far:
1. Best. Season. Ever?
In a new production video from AMC that teases plans for Season 4, Greg Nicotero, producer, director, and makeup guru for the series, promises the premiere is "bigger than any script we've ever done before."
2. Fresh Blood
New series show runner Scott Gimble wrote the season premiere (which Nicotero directs). Gimble is responsible for some of Season 3's best episodes, including "Clear" — in which Morgan (Lennie James) returned — one of the best episodes of any drama series last season.
3. And a Friend of the Governor's … Might Not Be a Friend to Anyone Else
The biggest cast addition for Season 4 is Larry Gilliard Jr. as Bob Stookey, a former Army medic. Gilliard, best known for his role as D'Angelo Barksdale on "The Wire," will be reunited with former "Wire" co-star Chad Coleman, who plays Tyreese.
Stookey, described as a charming loner who's still haunted by his actions before and after the zombie apocalypse, is a character from the "Walking Dead" comic series. In the comics, he's a 50-something Caucasian who lives in Woodbury, where his fellow survivors worry about his frequently drunken state. But, using the medical skills he learned in the Army decades earlier, he saves the Governor's life after the Woodbury leader is attacked by Michonne, and the two become friends.
4. He's Baaaack!
David Morrissey will return as the Governor, while Emily Kinney (Beth Greene), Coleman, and Sonequa Martin-Green (as Tyreese's sister Sasha) have all been promoted from recurring status to main cast status for Season 4. Jose Pablo Cantillo and Travis Love — who play Governor sidekicks Caesar and Shumpert (aka Bowman) — will return as recurring characters, as will Melissa Ponzio, who's going to stir up some trouble as Karen, the outspoken Woodbury resident now living with Rick's people at the prison.