The Walking Dead returns for its fourth season on Sunday, October 13, 2013. Each season seems to speed up the pace of the show and the trailer shown at San Diego Comic-Con promises more deaths, new characters, and major plot points for the larger world pushed forward.
The end of season three left the survivors in a much different world than when the zombie outbreak started. Before the start of the new season, here are some things you look out for.
Time Has Passed
The first episode of the season is titled “30 Days Without an Accident.” There has been some time since the season finale that saw a major shift in the group dynamic and specifically the start of this episode is a month into relative peace and quiet. You’ll see Rick as a farmer, kids attending “school” of sorts, and some real progress toward a sense of normalcy – before everything goes to hell, of course.
While there were some major deaths last season, we also got some new characters right towards the end. Prepare for even more names to remember but in a zombie apocalypse everyone is fair game so don’t get too attached. There are brand-new romances, some surprise pairings, but one of the most interesting additions, is seeing Carl play off other kids at the camp.
Sherriff Rick be damned, the group is now led by a council. Rick was always an uncomfortable leader, but it will be interesting to see how this plays out: a group as small as this one being led by a democratic inner circle seems like a pot just waiting to boil over.
No One Is Safe
This one should come as no surprise, as it has been the mantra of both the show for three seasons and the comic book for ten years. There’s a mystery figure in the dark, a new wrinkle to the zombie infection, even more new living folk introduced, and certain characters who seem about ready to explode, including one new to the show and one from the comics who we’ve been waiting to see break free.
If you thought the first three seasons had cliffhangers, just wait, season four will be a doozy.
The Walking Dead premieres on October 13, 2013, only on AMC.