Walking Dead showrunner defends S4 as 'very different' take on comic

Some fans felt a little cheated after not getting the epic Rick vs. Governor showdown last year, and now season four of The Walking Dead seems to be setting up some pretty familiar threads for comic readers. But new showrunner Scott Gimple promises it won’t be the story you expect.

The show has always taken some liberties when it comes to the comic canon, and the end of season three was a major departure from how the Woodbury battle went down in print. Namely: The tank-vs.-fence faceoff that ends with a good bit of the gang we know and love as nothing but walker bait.

But Gimple promised The Hollywood Reporter they’ll be taking some different twists on those iconic scenes, largely due to the way they’ve developed the Governor (David Morrissey) into an actual human being and let Rick hang out on the sidelines and pass the leadership torch.

Check out some excerpts below:

"Any sort of Rick-Governor conflict is going to be a very different conflict -- if there is one. If these two people [have a] showdown -- and God knows it certainly looks like that at the end of episode seven -- I would hope that they're two very different men who have gone through very different things.”

One of them has tried to lay down his guns, tried to stop from being a leader, tried to pull his child back from the brutality of the world, tried to pull himself back from the brutality of the world and from the brutality of leadership. And we see him in the first episode [of season four] having achieved that, but it's all taken away from him bit by bit in those first five episodes. Carol tells him he can be a farmer but he can't just be a farmer.

Rick is a different guy from the season-three finale and season-four premiere. The Governor, from the beginning of [episode] 406 is very different guy. When these two guys meet, in some ways, they're meeting for the first time, and in some ways, it's a new story. The only way to achieve that is to tell a different story with those characters leading up to it."

It makes sense that the conflict will play out differently, because Gimple is right — these aren’t the same characters at this point as in the comics. But it’s high time they ramp up the storytelling and get this thing moving, because (as much as we love it) the prison storyline is starting to get a little stale.

What do you think will go down this Sunday in the midseason finale?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

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