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THE WALKING DEAD Comic Con Panel Recap and Trailer

Posted on July 21, 2013 at 8:37 pm by Jess Hicks

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Oh yes, perhaps one of the most anticipated panels of the year has come and gone but if you missed it we’re here to sum up the important tid bits for you. The cast chatted about killing off characters, where Rick and the Governor are picked up in the upcoming season, and how the group has been effected by the big moments of last season. And of course we now have date for the 4th season premiere: October 13th, 2013.

Of course Chris Hardwick was the moderator and began by introducing showrunner Scott Gimple, comics creator/executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer David Alpert, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, and executive producer Greg Nicotero.

Hardwick started out addressing how each season has gotten crazier and crazier, saying “the world is getting worse, the people are getting more ragged, and it’s gonna keep progressing if you can believe it.”

Kirkman started things off saying , “the world is getting worse, the people are getting more ragged, and it’s gonna keep progressing if you can believe it.”  While the people and world are getting rougher, the zombies are also evolving and getting scarier. Everyone’s favorite special effects guy, Greg Nictero, says that they are learning knew things every season.

Hardwick asked the panel about how they deal with so many characters dying all the time:

Executive producer, David Alpert, said since no one is safe they have to make sure they keep up telling a worthwhile story. They also let the audience in on a little behind the scenes look saying that whenever a character dies their cast number is “retired” and hung up in the Georgia studio, otherwise known as “The Grateful Dead”.

So what about the Governor? Well it seems that when and where he will return is going to remain a mystery and no one seemed quick to divulge any secrets. Of course the trailer seems to allude to someone sabotaging the prison and its residents but they don’t let you know who it is. My guess is it is either The Governor himself or he has a spy on the inside doing his dirty work. Of course, he isn’t really his cool and collected self anymore, I could see him doing it all himself. But I guess we’ll just have to wait!

Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurrira, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson, Chad Coleman, David Morrissey, and Norman Reedus took the stage and questions began.  We learned that Woodbury is going to be absolutely out of the question but why? Well that is yet another thing that will have to wait till the next season. My guess is that it is too likely of a place for the Governor to appear and it is more than likely overrun by zombies.


As far as the characters go it looks like we are going to be seeing some significant evolution in our rag tag group. Rick has been awakened by his son’s new thirst for blood and will be attempting to be the guy Carl looked up to when we first met them. In addition, Daryl and Michonne, both having lost people very close to them (RIP Merel, will miss you….Andrea…well…you were a character) will most definitely be changing.I think both of them will have room to become more accepted in the group but that generally brings more heartache. After the events of last season it seems Glenn and Maggie are going to be stronger than ever but I detected that maybe they are looking to split from the group given some events in the trailer. I don’t think Maggie could leave her father behind though, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

To sum it up, the panel was very candid and the trailer shows some sweet ass zombie killing action. I think this season is going to be a lot of moving forward and now the cast has expanded which means some are going to be leaving us soon. My prediction for season 4 is that fans are going to be able to really get into these characters again because they all seem to have been reborn. Just a warning though, you should probably keep some tissues near by!

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    • Scott Kielty

      Looks fun. I was pretty burnt out at the end of last season. The Governor is a waste of time and I’m kinda upset he’s being dragged into this season. It looks a little darker and grittier than the last few seasons and that could be a good move. This has rekindled my interest.

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