The Walking Dead has been off on hiatus for just over three (very painful) months and though there are still three more months left until Season 4 begins, there is already some news trickling out about the new season.
First up, TVLine reports that sources have revealed the title of the Season 4 premiere — which will be written by new showrunner Scott M. Gimple. The episode is currently titled "30 Days Without an Accident" and could indicate that 30 days will have passed since the Season 3 finale.
Truthfully, there are a number of ways that the title can be interpreted, depending on when the "30 days" began and what type of "accident" is being talked about. An accident could of course mean a zombie attack, but maybe it actually means a real accident, such as people getting injured in the prison as Rick and his new group struggle to make it into a home. Also, 30 days may have passed, but what was the start date? Last time the show came back for a new season, the entire winter had passed. So it's possible that some time has already gone by before the 30 days indicated in the title. Maybe the group had some rough times for a couple months and are now marking 30 days since that. The possibilities are endless.
If you take a look at the banner that The Walking Dead will be releasing at Comic-Con 2013, there could be some clues about the new season there, too. Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Daryl (Norman Reedus) are shown standing closely together, which might indicate that they are helping to run the prison as a team. Rick said that he wanted everyone to have a vote, but a group still needs leadership sometimes. It could also indicate that Rick will be of a clearer mind next season.
Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) are both shown separately in the poster. Could that mean that they have somehow become separated from the group? Also, Michonne is shown on a horse, which seems to point to the fact that the group has settled down sufficiently to locate livestock and figure out a way to take care of them. With gas undoubtedly running low, turning to horses as transportation is a fantastic idea. Though, as Rick discovered in the pilot, it means more lives to keep safe from the zombies. If they have horses, could they also have other livestock that provides food, such as chickens or cattle? Have they also been able to grow a garden in the prison yard?
So many variables can be deduced from both The Walking Dead Season 4 premiere title and the Comic-Con 2013 banner. It's going to be a long wait until October.
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