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In a recent interview by TVGuide.com, Robert Kirkman was unusually chatty about the upcoming episodes of Season 4 of The Walking Dead. According to the executive producer and comic book creator, the series will be veering back into the comic book storyline in the second half of the season.

In his talk with TV Guide’s Natalie Abrahms, Kirkman stated that there would be no time jump when episode 4.9 airs in the spring. “It's going to pick up pretty much to the minute of where we left off,” he shared. Viewers can infer that this means the as-yet-unnamed 4.9 will hit the ground running after all the characters as they scatter after the destruction of the prison.

When asked by Abrahms how closely the next 8 episodes will follow the graphic novels, he states “The show always veers away from the comics and veers back, but we've now hit a point where it's veering back on for a time. There's going to be a lot of cool stuff coming up that's taken directly from lthe comics. Everyone is already aware of the fact that characters like Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), Rosita (Christian Serratos), and Eugene (Josh McDermitt) are going to be introduced real soon. People who've read the comics know they get introduced shortly after the fall of the prison, so you can assume there are some elements of that that's going to be brought in. We always like to keep people guessing. While there will be quite a bit of scenes that are adapted directly from the comics, which I'm very excited about, we are still going to be changing things and keeping people guessing and adding a lot of new elements in the story as well.

“…It's always cool for me when big characters from the comics are brought in. We're always introducing new people, but when characters from the comics I'm familiar with and in some cases haven't gotten to write in a while because they've already died in the comics, it's always fun to go back home and spend some time on these characters again.”

Fans interested in previewing the upcoming storyline can read The Walking Dead: Compendium Two, which contains over one-thousand pages chronicling the next chapter of Robert Kirkman's Eisner Award-winning continuing story of survival horror - beginning with Rick Grimes' struggle to survive after the prison raid, to the group's finding short solace in The Community, and the devastation that follows. In a world ruled by the dead, we are finally forced to finally start living. Collects The Walking Dead individual graphic novels #49-96 in one, complete book.

AMC’s The Walking Dead television show returns Sunday February 9, 2014.

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