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'The Walking Dead' spoilers: New characters to shake up group dynamic

The Walking Dead: New characters bringing change
The Walking Dead: New characters bringing change
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Three new characters will appear in the back half of "The Walking Dead's" fourth season. According to The Hollywood Reporter on Feb. 7, the arrival of these three characters will completely change the fabric of the popular zombie apocalypse AMC television show.

The three new characters are Abraham, Rosita and Eugene, all three characters from the comic books the show is based on.

In the comics, Abraham is a former Army sergeant, Eugene is a science teacher who claims he knows how to stop the outbreak but has some secrets he is hiding, and Rosita is a very kind and attractive woman who is more caregiver than fighter. There will also be a fourth new character in Gareth, who did not appear in the comics but is loosely based on a character from that world.

These new characters will be entering a world where our survivors have been split up. Rick, Carl, Daryl, Beth, Tyreese, Michonne and others will have to fight for their survival outside the gates of the prison while Carol is still out there somewhere as well.

"The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman said that there will be characters who were not tight before who will form bonds. He also was non-committal that all of our heroes would actually connect and meet up again, but he said that if they did, the relationships would never be the same as they were before the prison.

Kirkman then called the new characters the catalyst for new stories on the show that will bring about big changes on the show.

"Every new character that we introduce into the series brings something to the show with them, and that's one of the great things about this evolving cast of characters that we have," Kirkman said. "These three characters more than any other characters are going to change the kind of stories that we tell and change the narrative drive of the series."

"The Walking Dead" returns to AMC on Feb. 9 at 9 p.m EST.