[TV] Executive Producer Says Zombies Will Evolve In The Walking Dead Season Four
Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.20.2013
Including some new ones...
In an interview with AMC, David Alpert, executive producer of The Walking Dead, spoke about the fourth season of the series. Here are highlights:
On what season four will be about: "What we really have here in Season 4 is we dangle the carrot that civilization can be rebuilt… The notion that there's civilization and the notion that there's the possibility of there being laws and a sense of normalcy. I think we're going to see an evolution in the walkers — there's a whole bunch of new walkers — and we'll see an evolution of the threat of human-on-human. Dangling the possibility of civilization will make people much more desperate and willing to do things that would have previously been unthinkable."
On what it's like to go from producing 13 episodes to 16: "The show is an incredibly physical show to produce. It is super hot and super humid out here, and the crew is just like a group of Marines. They have no fear… Shooting 16 episodes outdoors in Georgia? It's a lot, and at the end of the season, everybody could use a little R&R to get back into shape. But I have to say going from six episodes to 13 to 16, I feel like we now know how to plan for it."
On who the toughest character to kill off was: "The great thing about this show is that literally every character is on the table… We have no one that is untouchable… One of the hardest things was killing Shane. In the comic, it happened much, much earlier, and Robert had said he wanted to give that character a little bit more space to breathe. So trying to figure out what was the right place to kill Shane was really difficult… In the screening room here in production, there's a wall that says "Our Grateful Dead," and it's got pictures of all the characters who've been killed off over the seasons. It's kind of insane: One, it's kind of touching, and, two, we've killed a lot of people on this show. [Laughs] It's hard to say which one was the toughest."
On if anyone will be 'added to the wall' in season four: " Oh, there's going to be a whole bunch of people added to the wall."