Robert Kirkman on 'Walking Dead' Season 4's Theme: Can They Maintain Their Humanity?
As "The Walking Dead" prepared to dominate Comic-Con this weekend (much like it dominated the TV season this year), "Dead" creator Robert Kirkman chatted with Yahoo! TV for a state-of-the-Kirkman-universe update, including his feelings about the 10th anniversary of the franchise, the big story arc premiering in the comic series in October, the third and final Governor novel, and, of course, what lies ahead for Rick Grimes and company when the AMC series returns for Season 4 on October 13.
That just-announced premiere date will kick off 16 new episodes of the series, with eight airing in the fall, and the final eight premiering in February 2014. "The Walking Dead" will continue to be followed by the Chris Hardwick-hosted aftershow, "Talking Dead."
Meanwhile, a multicover Entertainment Weekly cover story reveals Rick has stepped down as leader of the survivors in favor of a committee that will rule the prison dwellers instead, while the survivors will continue to face even bigger swarms of zombies and a new threat that "is something you can't just stab in the face," according to new series showrunner Scott Gimble. "It would be a threat in any world, but in this world it is much more terrifying." Hmmm … sounds like some sort of virus, perhaps?
In addition, Rick's prison group still faces the threat of the Governor's return, and, as Kirkman tells Yahoo! TV, now that the survivors have started to really get the hang of walker battling, they're about to turn their focus to bigger-picture matters next season. Like, have they, or can they, continue to maintain their humanity amid everything they've seen and done?
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Just looking down the list of everything you're producing and have in development, we feel like we should be asking you when you're opening the Robert Kirkman School of Time Management.