Creator Robert Kirkman and star Andrew Lincoln promised the final eight epiosdes of season 4 will kick The Walking Dead into high gear: The survivors are scattered and on the run in the wake of The Governor’s Pyrrhic attack on the prison (that’s right: no more prison!). Here’s AMC’s trailer teasing up the zombie hit’s return on Feb. 9:
It’s going to be a long few months. AMC announced the midseason return date for The Walking Dead, which once again is in February.
The horror-action drama will return Sunday, Feb. 9.
On Sunday’s winter finale post-show The Talking Dead, star Andrew Lincoln teased the back-eight episodes as “the boldest, bravest and most exciting this show has ever attempted.”
“Very intense,” agreed executive producer-writer Robert Kirkman.
The rest of Kirkman’s comment, beware, contains major spoilers for tonight’s episode.
“Not only have these people lost Hershel, they lost the prison, but they also lost each other,” Kirkman says. “They’re out on their own, they’re in different groups. There’s going to be a lot going on with these different people as they try to survive in the next half of the season.”
That’s good news for fans who have been frustrated with the pacing of season 4, though perhaps Sunday’s episode proved to some doubters that the show can still crank up the intensity. Here’s our four reasons why The Walking Dead‘s fourth season has been an improvement upon on the past couple seasons. Notice that with tonight’s winter finale, my three gripes in that post linked above were seemingly wiped out: No more being stuck at the prison, with little action, and too much time with minor characters.
The showrunner breaks down season four’s deadly mid-season finale and previews what’s to come when the AMC zombie drama returns in February. Since the interview features a lot of questions, most not specific to Andrew or his character, I have chosen a few questions that are about him or are somewhat associated with him. To read the entire interview, you can click the link at the bottom.
Rick and Carl (Chandler Riggs) presume baby Judith is dead. There’s a lot of blood in that car seat. Is she really dead?
There are a lot of walkers around there as well. It did not look good, and I don’t want to say one way or another but what you see tells a story.
How will Rick handle his grief this time? We presume he won’t see visions of Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) or give up his gun again.
This is an unthinkable amount of loss: Hershel, Judith and the prison. Of course it’s going to affect him unbelievably, and it’s a huge part of the story we’re moving into. He’s definitely not going to see visions of Lori. This is a different loss and will affect him differently. When he lost Lori, he was at a place surrounded by fences with brick buildings. One could argue that he had time to mourn or deal with it — or not [deal with it] as he did. He’s messed up physically from that fight with the Governor and now he’s off in the world, that’s where we left him. He’s in a very different situation, where there’s going to be some very direct demands upon him of survival.
The group was forced out of the prison and is on the road again. Where do they go from here?
I can’t say. If you know the comic, there are a lot of differences from the comic that we do and a lot of differences that we have to do. There’s going to be a lot of familiar stuff, brand-new stuff and remixed stuff. There are some things where you will totally know them and hopefully be expecting them, and then there will be stuff that’s brand-new that you have no idea if it’s coming but it will circle around to moments from the comic. It’s very much like these eight. Comic fans once again will absolutely see a lot of iconic moments.
Will there be a time jump when season four resumes in February?
Not much! There’s a lot that happens after the prison. Everyone seems pretty scattered. There’s a lot to tell in the aftermath of what just happened.
Season three moved at a breakneck pace, but season four was more of a slower, character exploration. Will the back half of season four have the same pacing as the first eight episodes?
The back half of the season has a wildly different structure to it. It’s a very different set of stories, and it’s very unlike the first half of the season. I can’t say without giving stuff up, but it’s very different. The same story priorities apply; there’s a lot of character exploration but in a very different way. In some ways, the story moves quicker but in a really different manner. As soon as you see the first episode, you’ll figure out why and how. Episode 10 [the second one in February] has a super unusual structure that I’m very excited for people to see. It’s very different than the first half.
Hey everybody! I just updated the gallery with 410 HD screen captures of Andrew from tonight’s mid-season finale of “The Walking Dead!” What did you guys think of the episode? I thought it was literally one of the best episodes of the series and definitely one of the most shocking. I won’t give anything away for those who haven’t watched, though. Leave a comment to share your thoughts! Also, Andrew appeared on “Talking Dead” tonight after the mid-season finale. I am about to watch and screencap it for you guys. So sit tight for those. Enjoy the screen captures and keep checking back for more updates!
The Walking Dead > Season 4 > Screen Captures > 4×08 – Too Far Gone
And it comes down to this: Eight episodes of new zombie threats, an infection that threatened to wipe out the entire prison group, and a bitter rivalry with the Governor comes to a head in the “Walking Dead” midseason finale.
Series star Andrew Lincoln, who finished filming Season 4 last weekend and is back home in London reading movie scripts before he heads back to begin Season 5, talked to Yahoo TV on Thanksgiving eve about this season’s unique storytelling formats, and what promises to be a shocking and sad midseason finale.
He also hints that the second half of the season, which premieres in February, is even more of a departure from storytelling of the past, and teases that it features an episode he considers the series’ most controversial ever.
Before the Season 4 premiere, you told us that the midseason finale, which airs this weekend, was the most ambitious episode the series had attempted. Do you still feel that way?
I’ve just done the season finale, so I’m not so sure anymore. [Laughs.] This is quite a big episode coming up. But then I think from this episode onwards, it spins off into a different orbit, the show, which for everybody concerned has been thrilling. It’s so neat that we’ve just … [viewers] don’t get to see it obviously until next year, but the season finale is just, it’s so clever what [showrunner Scott Gimple] and the writers have done. It’s just really clever.
We do have a tendency to try and up the ante. I will say that the story, as you can tell from the structure of the first seven, the Governor and our people are about to meet proper. I really can’t go into great detail, but it is probably the biggest we’ve attempted in every aspect, the midseason finale. Saying that, the last episodes this season, I’m still recovering from. But I do think loyal fans of the show won’t be disappointed by this midseason finale. I think it’s a showdown that we always promised. I think this time we certainly deliver.
This showdown between Rick’s group and the Governor and his new group is different this time. We have more perspective on the Governor, how he became this man he is. Does that make for a more intense, more personal showdown?
It’s funny: Before I got the midseason finale from Scott, I was reading a book, and there was a quote in it that I really liked. I think it’s by a philosopher called Hegel. It says, “Tragedy is when right collides with right.” I texted it, because I do a silly thing where I text Scott and share things like that with him, thoughts of the day. [Laughs.] Or quotes that I like. He said, “Oh my God, that is very much the mini arc within the bigger arc … it’s where I wanted it to finish,” which is Episode 8.
In answer to your question, I absolutely think that Scott did a very smart thing by filling in a lot of spaces in the backstory of the Governor and not sympathizing with the man, but certainly asking the audience to understand him a little bit more. One of the things I dig about the show is the fact that you can be rooting for a psychopath. You can feel sympathy for a man that has lost everything, and yet he collects heads in fish tanks. That’s the strength of the writing this season and also David [Morrissey]‘s portrayal.
I think that what you’ll find is, it’s a man wrestling with two parts. It’s a very similar story to what Rick is going through. There’s the beast in Rick, and then there’s also the love in Rick. I think there’s a man inside the Governor that he’s trying to contain, or at least trying to diminish. Whether that’s possible is another thing.
The last time we saw Rick, he was about to tell Daryl what happened with Carol. Before this showdown happens, will Rick have had a chance to talk to Daryl and Tyreese about Carol?
Certainly you’ve identified something that needs to be addressed, and fear not. I think you won’t be disappointed. I really don’t want to spoil anything. But I will say that I was in my trailer with a few of the actors — Norman [Reedus] and Steven [Yeun], and a few others. I won’t mention too many names, because obviously you’ll know who may or may not be alive. [Laughs.] But we were so excited, because there’s so much drama this season. There were so many open-ended, extraordinary storylines that even our mouths are drooling at the prospect of what’s going to happen in the future.
I think that’s been one of the most satisfying things, shooting this season, is realizing that Scott, who is orchestrating all these 16 hours, has really gone to town with the most dramatic combination of characters and circumstances, because you can tell he loves the story. He’s honoring, as a fan of the comic books, some of the most extraordinary and challenging and controversial story arcs in the comics, and playing them out in a new fashion in the TV show. So rest assured, Rick’s call with Carol … it’s there.
You are less than a week out of finishing Season 4. How do you feel?
[I’m in] an incredible place. It’s relief, mixed with sadness, mixed with excitement, because we now know the full shape of the season, and it’s an extraordinary season. It’s one of the most exciting and diverse and bold and brave seasons we’ve done since the first. Also, it’s a tough seven and a half months. It’s strange how, instantly, you get back a couple days and have a couple of good nights’ sleep, and you start missing it. It’s such an intoxicating job, and also the people … a lot of them have been on it for four years, as I have. We’ve got this incredible bond. Also, it’s made all the more exciting by the fact that the world is watching it as it goes out. It’s a real thrill ride, actually.
You also aren’t filming this on some air-conditioned soundstage. This is full immersion, filmed on location, in Georgia weather.
That’s right, and famously it is one of the most beautiful places on the planet in the fall. But fall lasts for about two weeks. Then it just gets cold. [Laughs.] It goes from extremes of brutal summer heat and sweating to desperately trying to scavenge some long-sleeved jacket. It’s an amazing place. I agree, I think it’s one of the strengths of the show that we [film it] on one location. We shoot on 16 mm film. We’re one of the last shows to keep doing it. We have this extraordinary film crew who lug and put the camera everywhere. It does give that extra sense of authenticity, I think, being on location.
Before this season, you mentioned there was an exciting and very interesting new way the stories were going to unfold. We’ve seen what you were talking about, with episodes that have focused in on certain characters. What did you think when you first heard this was how the story was going to unfold?
I was thrilled. I think it’s bold, and I think it’s a necessarily thing. We’re four years into a show. We’ve been blessed with incredible [ratings] throughout those years. I think we owe it to the fans to change it up a bit. One of the things that attracted me to the project was always the fact that it was a story that kept changing. Not only the cast keeps changing and recycling and moving forward, but the story. It’s a very, very smart move by Scott and the writers and AMC to do this. As for me, reading the script, and I hope the audience has the same reaction, I was always behind. It was always ahead of me. I couldn’t second-guess it. I think that that’s a brilliant sign that the writers are still able to do this at this stage in the show.
I will stress this as well. You haven’t even seen the half of it yet. The back eight is more radical than ever before. It’s almost a tale of two seasons. It really is that radical, the difference between the first eight and the back eight.
The show is always incredibly intense, and while it’s hard to believe we’re already almost through eight episodes, so much has happened, so many huge things, that it feels like we’ve seen 20 episodes.
I’m glad you say that, because we wanted to get the balance between action, horror, and character. There was anxiety when we were filming it: “Are we slowing it down too much? Is there going to be enough of that?” But then you realize just in the first two episodes how much you learn about characters that have been in the show for maybe a couple of seasons. The storytelling and the character development by the writers this year has been magnificent. I’m so thrilled you say that, because I feel the same way. I feel that so much is learned.
And really, trust me, I think that three of the strongest episodes we’ve done this season are yet to come. Probably four. There are two episodes that I absolutely adore in the back eight, one of which I think is going to be the most controversial episode that we’ve probably ever been involved in, and that’s saying something. [Laughs.]
“The Walking Dead” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.
Hey everybody! I updated the gallery with 3,102 HD screen captures of Andrew from the first 5 episodes of the 4th season of “The Walking Dead.” Andrew wasn’t featured in episodes 6 or 7 as both episodes were very much Governor-centric. However, he is featured in episode 8 (the mid-season finale), which airs this Sunday on AMC. I hope you enjoy the screen captures and keep checking back for more updates!
P.S. There are many updates to come, but I am waiting until after the mid-season finale of “The Walking Dead” to update the site with them. There will be a good 2-month break until the 2nd half of the season starts up again. So I want to wait until that time to start really updating. That way we have plenty of updates during the break.
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The news was just announced! It’s official – Andrew Lincoln will be joining the amazing Walking Dead lineup for November’s Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta, Georgia!
Lincoln will be appearing on Saturday, November 2nd for autograph and photo sessions with fans. All proceeds from his autograph and photo sessions will be donated to charity.
Lincoln joins fellow cast members – Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, special effects guru Greg Nicotero, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan, Melissa McBride, Scott Wilson, Sonequa Martin-Green, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., IronE Singleton, Melissa Ponzio, Emma Bell, Vincent M. Ward and Lew Temple as well as Giancarlo Esposito (“Revolution”, “Breaking Bad”), “Halloween” (Danielle Harris), “Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood” (Kane Hodder), “Night of the Living Dead” (Judith O’ Dea), “Dawn of the Dead” (Mike Christopher), Eugene Clark (“The Twilight Zone”) and more at the convention.
Walker Stalker Con will be held November 1, 2, 3 at America’s Mart – our editor Emma Loggins will be the emcee at the event! Tickets for the event start as low as $30 for general admission and can be purchased at www.walkerstalkercon.com/tickets.
For more information, guest announcements and regular updates about Walker Stalker Con please visit the website www.walkerstalkercon.com.
We’ve been delivering relentless scoop to you about season 4 of The Walking Dead for the past few months. There have been first look photos, sexy-time GIFs, and videos of the cast telling us what to expect when the premiere rolls around on Oct. 13. But let’s put all that aside for now to share a fun moment from the set. I was chatting with Norman Reedus in his trailer at night while we waited out a rain storm that was holding up shooting for the evening. Reedus was cradling a big — and what I sincerely hope and have to assume was fake — shotgun in his arms while we spoke. Then a knock came on the door, and Reedus immediately pointed the phony firearm in that direction. Well, who should happen to walk in but Andrew Lincoln, also looking to kill…some time. He came in and plopped himself on the floor. Presented now for your enjoyment is a snippet of the conversation that followed.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Norman, I want to go back to a minute ago when you said you’re a much better actor than Andrew Lincoln
NORMAN REEDUS: Yes!
EW: That’s a controversial statement—
REEDUS: I also have a bigger *****. [laughs]
EW: Of course you do. You guys have this farm now in the prison. Can either of you actually farm in real life?
ANDREW LINCOLN: Yeah, I planted an orchard in the off season. 27 apple trees.
EW: You’re in New York, Norman. You can’t farm.
REEDUS: The only thing I’ve learned to do since last season is poach an egg. I can poach a wicked egg now.
EW: Going back to the talk we had earlier about all these characters dying, I’ve always told you, Norman, that you may be the only person that is truly untouchable.
REEDUS: Ah, don’t say that. Knock on wood. Knock on some piece of wood somewhere.
EW: It’s true! Can you imagine the rioting?
LINCOLN: The riots!
REEDUS: I will lead that riot! No, it’s a fun job, and I think people relate to different characters for different reasons, but never say never. I hate to even think like that, to be honest. Plus, if you think like that it’s not as fun. It’s fun coming to work. Every day you make it your best day. It’s good like that.
LINCOLN: You can’t do it lazy. It doesn’t work lazy, so it’s crap.
REEDUS: Yeah, and no one’s doing it lazy so you’ll stick out like a soar thumb. I don’t even think to think like that is a good idea.
Oct 8, 2013 • By Holly • The Walking Dead
At the end of Season 3, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Team Prison welcomed the remaining Woodbury survivors into the prison with with open arms after The Governor (David Morrissey) killed many of his citizens in cold blood. While Rick’s willingness to take in survivors indicates that he’s no longer crazy, this massive influx of people has fundamentally altered the dynamic of Team Prison.
As Andrew explains to Entertainment Weekly, “There’s around about 50 new characters, and that puts obviously an enormous pressure on the group with the practical necessities.”
And even though we’re fairly certain we will be losing several survivors within the first few episodes of Season 4, adding any new people into the mix at this time will still mean that everyone has to adjust in one way or another. “We were a band of maybe 10 characters at the end of last season,” Andrew says. “So there’s the character relationships, and the group dynamic has changed — radically.”
Though we expect the newbies to settle in eventually Andrew notes that in a high-stakes world such as this one where circumstances can quickly change, “there are always going to be tensions within the group.”
I have added images from the Comic Con photoshoot and one marketing ad for season 4 of The Walking Dead to the gallery.
Sep 17, 2013 • By Holly • The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead will have a spinoff companion series in 2015, AMC has confirmed.
The hit zombie drama, which stars Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun and Norman Reedus, follows the story of a group of survivors struggling to stay alive in a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies.
Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert will exec produce the spinoff show.
“Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer,” said Charlie Collier, AMC’s president and general manager.
“We look forward to working with Robert, Gale and Dave again as we develop an entirely new story and cast of characters. It’s a big world and we can’t wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse.”
Kirkman added: “After ten years of writing the comic book series and being so close to the debut of our fourth, and in my opinion, best season of the TV series, I couldn’t be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of the Walking Dead universe.
“The opportunity to make a show that isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing.”
The Walking Dead returns for its fourth series on AMC on October 13. It will premiere in the UK on Friday, October 18 on Fox.
Some actors enjoy watching the fruits of their labour – to see where they can improve or just out of vanity – but not Andrew Lincoln. It’s no secret that the actor, who rose to prominence playing Sheriff Rick Grimes on AMC’s gory, but entertaining The Walking Dead, doesn’t watch the show. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, he explained exactly why that is. “The original reason is the fact that I don’t actually enjoy looking at myself,” Lincoln said.
He continued, explaining that he can’t stop himself from criticizing all the little pieces that could have been done differently – like most great artists, probably.
“And also because of the directorial choices that possibly, because I’ve done it, make you go, “Oh, there’s a take that blah-blah-blah.” But mainly because I did it for a while, I watched it, and it’s a self-conscious thing of watching myself and going, “Oh I like it when I do that. That’s kind of cool.” And then, “Oh, I don’t like it when I do that.” And that defeats the object of what I want to do as an actor, which is to try and be in the role and not be self-conscious. I watch great actors, great actors that I admire beyond all things and I see them replicate, and it’s very hard not to. I don’t want to do that. I just want to leave myself alone as much as I can.”
Apparently, the actor is so deeply invested in his work on the series, that he doesn’t even watch the episodes, in which Rick Grimes isn’t featured. In the EW interview, Lincoln went on to say about the rare episode he doesn’t appear in: “I don’t even like watching that. I kind of step back from it all. The fun bit for me is doing it. I love that. That’s the exciting thing for me. “I don’t think it’s that unusual if you ask a lot of actors, because it’s the same thing as not reading press or reviews. You can’t do both.”
We see why Lincoln stays away from TWD after his bit is done, but nothing can stop the show’s legions of fans – when it comes back on air that is, which won’t be until October 13. A wait like that could almost turn us into walkers.
Season 4 of the AMC hit “The Walking Dead” is fast approaching and more details about the new episodes have surfaced.
Executive Producer David Alpert revealed plenty of information to AMC in a Q&A session, and here are some of the highlights:
Q: If Season 3 was about the human threat, what would you say Season 4 will be about?
A: What we really have here in Season 4 is we dangle the carrot that civilization can be rebuilt…The notion that there’s civilization and the notion that there’s the possibility of there being laws and a sense of normalcy. I think we’re going to see an evolution in the walkers – there’s a whole bunch of new walkers – and we’ll see an evolution of the threat of human-on-human. Dangling the possibility of civilization will make people much more desperate and willing to do things that would have previously been unthinkable.
Q: What’s been the toughest character for you personally to lose from the show?
A: The great thing about this show is that literally every character is on the table… We have no one that is untouchable… One of the hardest things was killing Shane. In the comic, it happened much, much earlier, and Robert had said he wanted to give that character a little bit more space to breathe. So trying to figure out what was the right place to kill Shane was really difficult… In the screening room here in production, there’s a wall that says ‘Our Grateful Dead,’ and it’s got pictures of all the characters who’ve been killed off over the seasons. It’s kind of insane: One, it’s kind of touching, and, two, we’ve killed a lot of people on this show. [Laughs] It’s hard to say which one was the toughest.
Q: Are you planning to add any characters to that wall in Season 4?
A: Oh, there’s going to be a whole bunch of people added to the wall.”