"Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman is going to be talking a lot about the show these next few days, with San Diego Comic-Con looming and the first trailer set to hit on Friday, July 19th. But he's already blabbed some about the forthcoming season to The Hollywood Reporter, and we're here to let you in on the most interesting bits.
On how Season Four differs from Season Three:
It's a much more character-based story. It's going to be more focused on who these characters are and what they're going through. To a certain extent, we got away from that a little bit in season three. Coming into season four, we're definitely going to know a lot more about these people so it will be that much more gut-wrenching and worse when we lose these characters."
On how long after Season Three the new season picks up:
There's going to be a bit of a time jump. Some timehas passed between season three and season four. It's only a few months, we're not nailing down the exact number of days or anything like that. The prison that we see is a very different prison and the characters that we see are very different from the last time we saw them. We go into season four with characters you've known for four years and still find new things to explore with them and new aspects of their character and see that they are growing and changing in extremely dramatic ways due to the strains that this world has put upon them."
On the status of The Governor:
While the Governor is still out there and still a threat, we're going to see him in a new light and he won't appear until we least expect it. I don't think people are really going to be able to anticipate what we do with the Governor; it's going to be radically different. Once that story unfolds over the course of this season, people will see this is a very different story from season three and we are breaking some new ground with these characters.
On Michonne's vengeful state after Andrea's death:
That death is going to loom large over the entire cast. Everyone is still reeling from it. Michonne (Danai Gurira) in particular is going to have quite a bit going on with her because of that loss. As we meet Michonne coming back this season, she's on a mission to hunt down the Governor. It's something she's very obsessed with. It's big part of her character this season. She did lose Andrea and she lost her because of the Governor. She's not willing to let that guy go or be out there. It's something that may possibly be to her detriment, the fact that she's so dedicated to finding this person. That's something that very much informs her character this season.
To read the entire interview with Kirkman, head over to THR, although of course he's pretty elusive regarding any major details. Also, don't forget to keep it here at the end of the week for breaking "Walking Dead" news from Comic-Con!