The Walking Dead Season 4 – Trailer AnalysisJuly 28, 2013
The Walking Dead Season 4 was teased in a kick-ass trailer at Comic-Con 2013. Here’s a breakdown as well as the cast’s thoughts on the upcoming season.
At San Diego Comic-Con 2013, the creators of AMC’s hit zombie show The Walking Dead showed off a trailer for Season 4 and gave some insight as to what’s been going on since the Governor’s attack on the prison. The show’s popularity is steadily increasing, which was evident when 4,000 more fans showed up The Walking Dead’s panel as the year before.
The first thing fans of the show noticed from The Walking Dead Season 4 footage was that these aren’t the same zombies we saw way back in season one. These zombies have now evolved to become stronger and more dangerous, and have learned to use their large numbers to their advantage. Early in the trailer the group is shown being forced to flee the prison, as the walkers have somehow infiltrated the cell blocks. “It’s escalated…It’s going to get insane very quickly,” said new show runner Scott Gimple, who replaced Glen Mazzara from the previous seasons.
The Walking Dead producers were joined on the Comic-Con panel by such cast members as Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes), Norman Reedus (Daryl), David Morrissey (The Governor) and Danai Gurira (Michonne).
In the trailer shown at the convention, the survivors’ barricaded prison is in danger. Increasingly more zombie hordes are battering the fence, and they’re not spreading out anymore, nearly toppling the fence with their weight.“Yeah, the walkers are no threat at all this season,” joked executive producer Gale Anne Hurd after panel moderator and “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick suggested the zombies were simply animals.
The clip also teased a catastrophic event inside the prison with lots of deaths, showing a few of our beloved survivors in danger, such as Carol and Tyreese. At the end of the trailer, Daryl (Reedus) is shown driving a car and hearing a voice on the radio whispering, “Those who arrive survive.” Rick and Tyreese try to solve the mystery of who is trying to take them down from within the prison, and Carol is shown teaching children how to use knives, stating that they could easily save their lives.
The group is forced to find a new settlement, and a group member ponders, “If only Woodbury were still in one piece…” to which Rick responds, “Yeah, but it ain’t.” Old man Herschel states that it might be safer outside those walls than in them. There’s a dramatic action sequence near the end of the trailer, where the group’s car is surrounded by walkers, and they are forced to fight them off in what looks to be a losing battle. Ty in particular is completely swarmed by walkers with nothing but a machete to defend himself.
The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman said the diabolical Governor, played by David Morrissey will return in the fourth season but when, how and why will be a mystery that runs throughout the season. “You’ve just gotta be on my side. If you’re not on my side, you’ve gotta go,” said Morrissey of his corrupt character. “That’s the deal with the Governor.”
The fourth season of The Walking Dead will arrive on AMC on October 13th.