New Walking Dead producer teases 'greatest hits' approach to S4

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Jul 12, 2013, 4:55 PM EDT

As new Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple takes the reins for the hit series’ fourth season, fans are still kind of wondering what to expect from his tenure. According to Gimple? Season four will be like the “greatest hits.”

In a great, lengthy chat with The Hollywood Reporter, Gimple said he wants to take the things fans know and love from former producers Frank Darabont and Glen Mazzara’s time on the show and keep it going in a compelling way.

Basically: What they've been doing is working, so he doesn’t plan on stirring the pot. Too much.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

“I'm trying to take a greatest-hits approach and take the best of both those runs and run with it. As far as my own personal stamp, it's more of what we do here already with character-driven stories and really delving into these characters while having some amazing, horrible scares and exciting sequences but all in service to a greater story that builds. A phrase that I've been caught using a bunch is ‘cumulative storytelling.’ It's about having everything stack up so it means something. When The Walking Dead has been its best, all that stuff is happening at once: the emotion, action, horror, scares. I'm very proud that I was able to write an episode where a little zombie girl could walk out of a barn after a horrific zombie execution and have people cry. That's one of the proudest things I've ever done.”

Aside from an earlier stint on Flashforward and some time in the Walking Dead writer’s room, Gimple is a relative young gun when it comes to producing. But he’s been responsible for penning some of the best episodes of the series so far — so his promotion is intriguing, to say the least.

The new season is set to debut in October. What are you expecting from season three? Which showrunner has been your favorite along the way?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)