On how the Woodbury transplants are handling prison:
"Some people buy it and some people don't subscribe to it and some don't really conform to it," says Executive Producer Greg Nicotero. "It allows for some interesting character work." Adds EP Gale Anne Hurd: "The focus really is on characters, the conflicts. It's a larger group now and it's harder. We're integrating a group that when we ended last season was at war and shooting each other." Says co-star Steven Yeun (Glenn): "The community is growing and that mixes with the fact that there's less of a dictatorship than there has been."
On killing off Andrea (Laurie Holden) even though the character is still alive in the comics:
Producers insist that a character's death isn't written with ratings in mind and that the death of Andrea was something that came about organically. Nicotero says, "I miss Laurie Holden and I wish she was still around. I feel like there was a lot we could have done with her character. I feel like the end of season three, her character got a little lost and I wanted to see her around more and see her rejoin our group. It was a really sad departure for all of us and Scott is very thoughtful about those moments."
On increasingly aggressive zombies:
The group has become good, a little too good, at eliminating a horde of walkers. "Our group became very proficient at killing walkers, so one of the things that Scott and I talked about after season three was we wanted that threat to be ever constant and ever present. We've devised ways to put our characters in instantaneous jeopardy without them being prepared for it. Danger could come from anywhere, and it was really important that we re-establish the rules of our world." Watch the clip below and decide for yourself if the zombies are getting tougher or if Michonne is getting dumber.
On the mysterious new threat:
"It's someone we haven't seen before. Someone unusual; you can't stab them in the face, you can't reason with it. It's a force that would be dangerous in this world and in the world of The Walking Dead, it's terrifying," Gimple said. I'm guessing it's Andy Dick.
The Walking Dead premiers October 13 at 9pm on AMC.