'The Walking Dead' season 4: Norman Reedus promises greater zombie threat

The Walking Dead will be ramping up the zombie threat when it returns in the fall. The show's fourth season premieres in October, and with the Governor (David Morrissey) in the wind, the show's focus is moving back to the zombies.

Speaking to EW, Norman Reedus (who plays fan favorite Daryl on the series), shared that the show's writers had created an innovation to make the threat of the zombies more real. Calling the fourth season's scripts "just amazing" and "super intense," Reedus promised some zombie innovation: "They’ve introduced a way to make the zombies scary again,” he says. “They’re terrifying. The new threat is just unreal.”

What do you think? Will the zombies be advancing into '28 Days Later' territory with speed and agility? Or will they just get smarter? Producers have mentioned that with the diminishing supply of humans, the zombies are going to be hungrier -- and more desperate.

As for the rest of the season, Reedus thinks things are shaping up nicely: “The structure of the writing is a bit different,” he said. “It’s so intense. These are our best scripts so far.”

What do you think?

The Walking Dead will return for its fourth season in October.

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Written by: mcpherson
Jun 6th, 2013, 3:37 pm

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Message Posted On Jun 8th, 2013, 3:31 pm
Like one character says in the comics "It's not the dead I'm afraid of anymore"... they may come to know, that walkers a manageable threat, so bring on the cannibals! That'll be some serious sh*t right there. Of course Governor's bloody retaliation might happen too. After all other humans ARE more dangerous, when the whole society, laws and morals have collapsed into ruins. It would still be interesting to see what they have in mind for walkers, it's pretty much an uncharted area for now, they haven't explain a lot of it and there are many ways in which they could go on and work with. But I don't know about the super speed either, I think that'll be kinda... implausible, maybe? And of course super speed would change lot of stuff for our survivors, the world would become way more dangerous. Walkers becoming smarter and starting to adapt and learn (using some simple tools maybe, opening doors), perhaps remembering things from former life... that would be ok. You guys also have to remember, that basically 28 Days Later "zombies" were not even zombies per se, it was a about rage virus. They were not dead and decaying. They were infected with and uncontrollable rage.

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Message Posted On Jun 6th, 2013, 10:51 pm

I've long hoped for them to take Romero's course and depict them as becoming smarter and start learning. They may not have much in the way of brains, but it's the sole thing that's keeping them going, so it really only makes sense that these once living things start getting signals from same subconscious source that's driving them to eat and start recalling memories from this world they once lived through. From an evolutionary point-of-view. it seems about right that they would compensate their lack of speed by (re)using the very same thing that got their living ancestors to where we are now to hunt down prey.


Message Posted On Jun 6th, 2013, 9:43 pm
Changing the zombies just seems silly. Throughout the whole of the comic series, the zombies are almost always the very last threat to worry about. What with starvation, group unrest, cannibals, militant factions, small-town politics, religious zealots, murderous psychos, etc...

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Message Posted On Jun 6th, 2013, 8:34 pm

I hope that they don't go with whole super-speed zombies from movies like 28 days later. That always seemed a bit overkill (hah, overkill) in my opinion.

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