If you were disappointed with the lack of payoff in 'The Walking Dead' season 3 but still want to keep watching, executive producer Greg Nicotero is here to promise us that the writing for the show's upcoming fourth season is as good, if not better, than ever.
The first episode is especially great, he told AMC's official blog: "What’s nice about the first episode is that they always supersize it and give you an extra day, because they know that the script is going to be insanely filled with great drama and great action, and we certainly didn’t skimp on anything in this one."
Presumably the supersizing he's talking about here only applies to the production; it seems unlikely that season 4 will have an extended premiere, a la the show's first episode.
And if that excitement doesn't get you jazzed for the return of Rick Grimes & Co., maybe Nicotero's opinion on season 4's writing will.
"The story arcs and the script this season are astoundingly detailed, and every single nuance is there for a reason," he said. "It’s really fascinating when you step back as a director and you deconstruct a script in your head. When you’re shooting this scene because, for example, Hershel says one word, then the next cut has to feature what he’s saying, that intent follows through."
'The Walking Dead' certainly could have used some tighter writing in its fourth season -- after all, it was the really insular episodes like the brilliant "Clear" that stood out in season 3, not the more loosely-plotted and meandering serialized ones.
What do you think? Does Nicotero have you more excited for season 4?
'The Walking Dead' season 4 premieres this October.