By Staff Reporter, Sep 15, 2013 06:28 PM EDT
(PHOTO CREDIT: AMC) Season 4 will start filming on May 4.
"The Walking Dead" returns in October and the new extended teaser has been released. The new season will feature a new showrunner, Scott Gimple, who has revealed the stories will be slightly different now. "I'm excited to tell stories in the book that I love," Gimple said to The Hollywood Reporter. "We're catching up to some of those. We're taking the greatest hits approach of all the things I loved that we've done and grabbing from all the different seasons and working it up. There are a lot of characters that are dead on the show that aren't dead in the books. There are a lot of characters on the show that aren't in the book. It's a remixing of a lot of elements from the book in different context; different characters a lot of the time but taking the emotional thrust of those elements and putting them all in a different rhythm. People will see stuff from the comics and they'll know exactly where it came from but it'll be in a different context -- it has to be. You'll also see stories that are totally outside of the comic that have never been seen before. But the basis for those stories are totally from the spirit of the stories told in the comics." (RELATED: The Walking Dead' Season 4 Spoilers Revealed By Cast: See 14 Leaked Details Here!)
While teasers traditionally do not reveal many spoilers about a show, the extended trailer of "The Walking Dead" Season 4 reveals some interesting tidbits about the season to come. First and foremost, there is a new threat that will be revealed and be potentially dangerous to Rick and his society of survivors. This threat has been revealed to be "not really walkers" and not "other people," according to co-executive producer Denise Huth. "The relative safety that they've created at the prison begins to fall apart," says Huth. This new threat--which isn't human or a zombie--is meant to keep the humans on their toes. The ominous teaser also reveals that there will be a time jump between season 3 and season 4. Additionally, we also get to see Carl interacting with his new friends, who are age-appropriate. Carol is seen starting a day school that has a popular class: Knife Fighting for Self Defense. 'The Walking Dead' Season 4 Spoilers Leaked At Comic-Con 2013: 4 Things To Know About The New Season [TRAILER]
Despite taking a slightly different direction and jumping stories from different comics, the makers of the show have revealed that one episode will be verbatim to an issue of the comic. "It's really fascinating to make those slight departures, introduce new characters and then get to a situation where you take one episode and you really stick to the source material. You'll be surprised about the way the characters lay out," said executive producer Greg Nicotero. And if you're curious to know why Rick decided to move back to the prison, the answer will be provided immediately. "We answer it this season," said Lincoln, adding that his relationship with son Carl (Chandler Riggs) affect's Rick's decision making. "The relationship with Carl is integral to the beginning of the season from Rick. [Carl] turning into a sociopath at the end of the season woke him up to his parenting duties. You find Rick in a completely different place this season."
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