I don’t know about the rest of TWD fandom, but March 31st seems like an eternity ago when the Season 3 finale of this extraordinary show aired. Â We lost some beloved characters — Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker), Andrea (Laurie Holden) and quirky Woodbury resident Milton Mamet (Dallas Roberts) — with it ending with the Governor (David Morrissey) going completely postal and slaughtering nearly all of his followers. Â What’s left of Woodbury joined ranks with Rick and his group, thus opening a whole new chapter ofÂ The Walking DeadÂ saga.
Now, after nearly a four-month wait, we finally get a glimpse of what’s next in Season 4 with the world premiere of the SDCC trailer. Â Check the video out for yourself but below are a few of my thoughts:
- Welcome newcomer, Bob Stookey (played by Lawrence Gillard Jr.Â The Wire)Â
News had been buzzing for weeks that Stookey would be introduced in Season 4, but until today, it really wasn’t known how big of a role he would have. Â However, given the fact that he is in most of the scenes in trailer, it is pretty safe to say that he will quickly become one of the main characters. Â Unlike the comic-book series where Stookey originated from Woodbury and worked for the Governor, he is only known as a survivor who used to be an army medic in his old life.
â€œHis backstory is not entirely the same as in the comic and the novel,â€Â explains new showrunner Scott M. Gimple.Â â€œI think heâ€™s seen things go bad over and over, and winding up in this stable place doesnâ€™t shake him from his experience. He struggles with that.â€
â€œYou can see thereâ€™s something deeper and darker thatâ€™s going on with this character, just from the first episode,â€ says Gilliard. â€œWe donâ€™t really know what it is. We just know heâ€™s got some issues that heâ€™s dealing with.â€
- If last season was about hunking down behind the prison walls, Season 4 may be about staying on the outside
Rick (Andrew Lincoln) thought his group was safe within the confines of the prison. Â The Governor thought the same thing about Woodbury. Â But, the fact is more people are dying every day on the show, and so, it stands to reason that the number of walkers is only going up, and very drastically. Â Hiding behind fences and concrete walls may only end up being a trap, as Rick seems to be finding out in the trailer. Â What will the group’s next move be? Â Will they try their luck on the road?
- So, where in the hell is the Governor?
We know the Governor is alive. Â We know he is crazy and pissed off to no end at Rick, Michonne and the whole prison group. Â But, in the trailer, he’s nowhere to be found. Â If you recall in the S3 trailer, it ended with Merle showing his ugly face. Â I kept expecting a scene with the Governor exclaiming, “Now, how about a hug from your old one-eyed pal, Philip”. Â No such luck, but make no mistake, I’m certain we’ll see the Governor sometime in Season 4. Â It may be only for a few episodes so that Rick, Michonne or whoever can finally kill his sorry ass, but I would bet big money on it.
So, what did everyone else think? Â I personally cannot wait and will be starting my official countdown to Season 4 tomorrow. Â October simply can’t get here soon enough.
Check out the Season 4 Comic-Con trailer below, and chime in the Comments section to let us know what you think!
Season 4 ofÂ The Walking DeadÂ premieres October 13th at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
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