The Walking Dead star Andrew Lincoln warned that “something terrible happens” this season that divides the group.
“I love this story arc,” Lincoln told Entertainment Weekly. “You wait and see where it heads. It puts far more pressure on the group, and something terrible happens within this story arc that divides the group irrevocably.”
The 40-year-old also said that the fourth season takes on a different tone and change in pacing with Scott Gimple taking over as showrunner.
“I would say that every character has a very neat and very satisfying story arc this season,” the London native said. “The theme could be summed up as a question, which is: Can we ever come back? Can we ever return from the things we’ve done? The brutality of the world? The horrors that we’ve seen? Can we ever love again? Can we ever be the people we once were for the sake of our children, in Rick’s case? But that is interwoven into everybody’s story arcs.”
Lincoln also borrowed an expression from Gimple, saying, “We’re not Hamlet, we’re Rosencrantz and Guildenstern… We’re survivors.”
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the fourth season of The Walking Dead premiered October 13 to a record-breaking 16.1 million viewers. The third season premiere drew 10.87 million viewers, while the finale brought in 12.42 million viewers.
The fourth season premiere of The Walking Dead also scored an 8.2 rating in the key adults 18-49 demographic.
AMC President Charlie Collier said of the record-breaking premiere, “Sincere thanks to the fans, who have welcomed The Walking Dead back for its fourth season with the highest-rated episode in the show’s history.”
AMC previously scored huge ratings with the series finale of Breaking Bad, which brought in 10.3 million viewers, on September 29.
The season four premiere of The Walking Dead also helped boost its companion talk show, Talking Dead, to 5.10 million viewers, its second best audience after last season’s finale (5.16 million viewers).