Season 4 The Walking Dead Premiere – Episode Title Disclosed
Starting Thu., Jul. 4 at 1PM/12c AMC invites viewers to tune-in to “The Walking Dead Season 4 Preview Weekend” and catch up on the series that has been hailed by USA Today as “one of the season’s best series,” and reigns as the number one show in delivery for adults 18-49.
The Walking Dead marathon will be hosted by Comic Book Men executive producer Kevin Smith from the Atlanta-based set where the cast are currently filming Season 4 of the hit series. Smith talks to the cast and crew and shares behind-the-scenes footage from the highly anticipated upcoming fourth season. The first season of The Walking Dead airs twice on Jul. 4, featuring marathons of both the original and special black-and-white editions. These are followed by Season 2 on Fri., and Season 3 on both Sat. and Sun. Each day of this four-day event begins at 1PM/12c. (However, the black-and-white editions only apply to Season 1 on Jul. 4).
The Walking Dead returns this October with brand new episodes. Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, The Walking Dead tells the story of a group of survivors who travel in search of a safe and secure home in the months and years following a zombie apocalypse.
The series stars Andrew Lincoln, David Morrissey, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green and Emily Kinney.
According to sources, Episode 401 — penned by new showrunner Scott M. Gimple — currently bears the title, “30 Days Without an Accident.”
What does it mean?! Herewith are some possible interpretations (some obvious, some less so):
* The show will skip ahead at least one month following the events of the Season 3 finale.
* Rick’s controversial decision to relocate the denizens of Woodbury to the prison is paying off on the safety front (i.e. 30 days without a zombie attack). It’s also creating a potentially deadly false sense of security.
* Rick’s screws are starting to tighten (i.e. 30 days without seeing dead people).
* The gang stumbles on a potential new home base, where the current residents are tracking the number of days since the last attack on a chalk board.
Source: TV Line
After the jump: Greg Nicotero, the Executive Producer and Special FX Makeup Designer for AMC’s The Walking Dead, talks about new zombie tricks for Season 4.
Q: You directed the Season 4 Premiere episode. What is it like to be back?
A: What’s nice about the first episode is that they always supersize it and give you an extra day, because they know that the script is going to be insanely filled with great drama and great action, and we certainly didn’t skimp on anything in this one.
Q: Sounds like there’s a lot going on in Season 4…
A: The story arcs and the script this season are astoundingly detailed, and every single nuance is there for a reason. It’s really fascinating when you step back as a director and you deconstruct a script in your head. When you’re shooting this scene because, for example, Hershel says one word, then the next cut has to feature what he’s saying, that intent follows through.
Q: What are the challenges of directing the Premiere?
A: For me, it’s really about putting the ship on the right course in regards to getting all the actors to know where their characters are and giving them insight into what’s coming down the pipe…
Q: What’s been your favorite episode to direct thus far?
A: Each episode I love for a different reason. The first episode I did in Season 2, where Dale gets killed, is the first piece of television I had directed. And I don’t think I told anyone else except Andy Lincoln, but I was scared s—less because I had one walker and this gigantic, huge, emotional episode… And then the second episode I did, 305, was so action-oriented. It was like four episodes in one because we had Rick going insane after Lori dies, then we had Michonne and Andrea’s story, and then we had Merle, and then we had the arena fights, and then we had the walker pits. 305 was really, really exhausting.
Q: What new tricks do you have in store for the walkers this year?
A: In the first episode this season, one of the guys in my crew was like, “You did every gag that you ever did in three years of The Walking Dead in one episode.” We had walkers. We had mummified corpses. We had puppets. We had zombie bites… There were even a couple of gags that we came up with on the fly — there was a couple of sculptures that my guys in Los Angeles had done and I said, “Oh yeah, that’s a great walker.” Where people are like, “What are the iconic walkers for season four going to be?” I’m like, “Well, you’ll just have to see!”
Q: Did you have a favorite zombie gag from Season 3?
A: I’ve got to say the burned walkers in Episode 14… where Bowman comes back after Milton burns the pit. What I really wanted when we shot that sequence was to make it look like there were 15 walkers that had just melted together into one writhing mass of burnt flesh… It really made me proud.