Warning: Spoilers for the Season 3 finale of The Walking Dead…
“Rick has had a success. The people at the prison have survived this conflict with the Governor, he brought people from Woodbury into the prison, and he’s kind of had this big win. He’s had this moment where he’s brought people together and he’s doing good things. But he’s had this tremendous loss in that Carl has lost this piece of his humanity. This has been Rick’s main mission throughout the show, to protect his family. We’ve seen two very big failures on that front this season.
“We’re working out Season 4 right now – we’re halfway through writing it – and we know exactly where we’re going. Who’s dying and when they’re dying is all worked out very early on as we’re plotting out the entire season. It’s something that we always know where we’re going with it.”
The most surprising part of the season finale was that The Governor survived the whole ordeal and lived to fight another day and Kirkman assures us he will be back.
“That’s certainly not the last that we’ll see of him. When we see him again and where we see him again, that’s the big question. It’s not going to be like it was in Season 3; it’s not going to be Rick and the Governor on a collision course with a conflict between them. He’ll be used in very different ways next season.”
All we’ve previously heard about the fourth season of the series is that it will feature a momentum shift from the third, and Kirkman confirms it will be different.
The Walking Dead will begin production on its fourth season this May and will return to air in October.