Walking Dead creator: New (and old) characters will 'change the game' in S4

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Feb 7, 2014, 10:22 AM EST

After a season and a half at the prison, things are changing in a big way when The Walking Dead returns Sunday. So, who will be a part of the post-prison story?

Creator Robert Kirkman did a lengthy interview with Entertainment Weekly talking about the back half of season four, and he teased that a few fan favorites we haven’t seen in a while could be coming back. The familiar faces? Carol (Melissa McBride) and Morgan (Lennie James), though Morgan has admittedly been missing a while longer.

Here’s what Kirkman had to say about the odds we’ll see the two again: 

“All I’ll say is, it’s entirely possible [Morgan could return]. I feel like the 'Clear' episode that Morgan last appeared it would be a worthy end of the story the way he represented Rick’s future and put him back on the path that he was on and it really played up and played off that relationship they built in the very first episode. And that would have been — would be — a fine ending for that character story. But we all love Lennie James and we all want to see Morgan again so it may happen at some point, it may not. We all want to see Morgan again as much as the fans do. You never know…

All I’ll say on [the Carol] front is that Carol was exiled from the prison because of what she did. And now all of our characters have in a sense been exiled from the prison. So, you know…they’re all pretty much in the same place now.”

As readers of the comic know, Morgan does eventually hook up with the group and become a regular member of Rick’s team, so it makes sense that they might be keeping that one in the offing for future seasons. Of course, Carol’s storyline has taken some wild variations from the comic version, so that one's a bigger wild card.

In addition to the old friends, Kirkman also teased the addition of some new folks that readers of the comic should be very familiar with. The back half of season four is set to introduce well-known comic characters Abraham, Rosita and Eugene — and Kirkman promises they’ll be game-changers for the hit zombie series:

“These characters are going to be extremely similar to who they were in the comics and I’m really excited about that. The visuals and costuming for them has been absolutely amazing. These people really do look like they were torn out of the comic page, it’s pretty startling. But I will say people excited for the introduction of these characters won’t have to wait very long. I don’t want to reveal exactly when they’ll be introduced, but it won’t be too terribly late in the season so get your hopes up.

They really are going to add a very interesting and very compelling dynamic to the show. I think they’re going to bring in elements to the show that we’ve never really explored before and I think that’s exciting and something that’s going to change the game to a certain extent. I’m always very excited at how much this show evolves over time and changes season to season and these three characters are agent that very much changes the story and very much changes the direction of the show to a certain extent.”

The series has done a great job of reinventing itself each season, much like the comic, and we can’t wait to see if they can keep that momentum rolling another half-season. Here’s hoping.

What do you think? Are there any characters you’re dying to see?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)