"The Walking Dead" will be returning to television on AMC on Oct. 13, 2013, and fans are impatiently awaiting the drama and also, not so much drama. That's a good thing because producers told Collider.com on Oct. 6, 2013, that zombies will return to the forefront in season four of "The Walking Dead" and push some of the human being drama to the wayside.
Executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and Greg Nicotero know that season three of "The Walking Dead" focused a lot on the survivors and the human drama that comes with them. They have assured everyone that season four is going to lean heavily on zombie threats.
"By the end of last season, the walker threats fell to the wayside," Nicotero told Collider. "What was really, really important to [incoming showrunner] Scott Gimple and I was keeping that threat relevant. It's like a terrorist attack. As soon as you stop thinking about it, or you don't remember that it's there, it hits you. You're the most vulnerable when you're the most comfortable and you think everything is fine. You can see, in the first two episodes, that we've put our characters in situations where they can't see it coming. I think that's exciting because no matter how prepared they think they are and no matter how good of killers they are, in terms of the walkers, they can never be prepared for that, and it's important."
The producers admit that they want to balance out the key threats in the series, and that will be what helps "The Walking Dead" continue to achieve success. Viewers are attracted to the show because of the zombies and the way they kill, but they're going to keep coming back because character development and drama.
A number of new survivors will join up with Rick and his band of people in season four of "The Walking Dead," but there's going to be plenty of killing to go along with all that join.
"We do tend to go back and forth between the period of calm when they're not under duress, so that you can develop the relationships, but [more walkers are] out there," explained Hurd. "It's important to remind people that the threat has not gone away. They're right at the gates. They're also going to encounter them on every run they do for new supplies. They have to rely on the resources they have at hand. As you'll see, when they go out for supplies, it's a life-or-death situation. It's not just going to the pharmacy or going to the store. Every time you do that, you're putting yourself and your colleagues and family at risk."