Only three more days until we welcome The Walking Dead back into our homes with new episodes. This second half of Season 4 will reportedly be quite different; since our gang scattered after the fall of the prison, we’ll reportedly be getting more character-centric episodes.
That’s according to The Walking Dead comics creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman, who talked with EW about what’s ahead in the second half of the season, including the introduction of new characters Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), Rosita (Christian Serratos), and Eugene (Josh McDermitt), all from the comics 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.
Here’s a photo of Abraham, along with a few more screenshots of the upcoming season:
Next up we have a featurette with Steven Yeun, followed by clips of his five favorite scenes and a blurb about why each one scores so highly for him:
Featurette: The Walking Dead – On Set with Steven Yeun: Being an Original Survivor
Clip: The Walking Dead – Helicopter Crash in Big Spot: Steven Yeun’s Top 5 Moments
Steven: “Greg Nicotero directed this episode, and he has a hand in everything. All of the walkers. The walker hanging by its intestines, each one that falls through. We did a lot of that scene on green screen because we couldn’t get a helicopter to crash through the roof. Thankfully, we don’t usually have to work on too many green screens. To be able to have pulled that off, that’s a huge win for Stargate Studios (Visual Effects Team), for KNB Effects (Makeup Effects Team), and for Greg. To be able to shoot something as epic as that scene — and doing it on a TV scale — is incredible.”
Clip: The Walking Dead – Hershel Comforts Sick Glenn: Steven Yeun’s Top 5 Moments
Steven: “Scott is the best. He’s probably the person I’ve grown the most with on the show. Just being able to watch someone like him — and play opposite him in a lot of important, poignant moments — has been really great for me as an actor. In this particular scene, everything he says is so honest, and for me, it’s just to kind of react to that.”
Clip: The Walking Dead – Glenn Takes a Picture of Maggie: Steven Yeun’s Top 5 Moments
Steven: “I like this scene because it was simple and effective, and something that really captured Maggie and Glenn’s relationship without beating you over the head. The goal of the scene was nothing great in particular. It wasn’t like, “Save Maggie” or “help Glenn because he’s sick.” It was just a simple slice of life in whatever their everyday is, and we haven’t gotten to see that with Maggie and Glenn. It was an honest scene of what two people that love each other do.”
Clip: The Walking Dead – Hershel and Maggie Save Glenn’s Life: Steven Yeun’s Top 5 Moments
Steven: “This scene was really fun for me because I like putting my whole body into it. There were a couple of moments where I actually convinced myself that I was choking and had to remind myself that I could breathe. I’ve coughed up things before, but this was crazy, I was pretty much on the ground all day, finding different ways to cough up blood, and before they called action I would turn my face purple. Just make my eyes as bloodshot as possible. Because all of that plays.”
Clip: The Walking Dead – The Final Showdown: Steven Yeun’s Top 5 Moments
Steven: “I got to see some of this scene being shot, and for me it was just fun to be in Video Village bothering Ernest and watching. I’m always into the directorial side of things as well, so it was interesting to see what they were able to pull off. It didn’t fail to deliver in scale, it didn’t fail to deliver in energy, and every single person went for it. It was brutal to watch.”
Now if only we could prepare for Sunday’s premiere in some less virtual way. Like a few (un)fortunate New Yorkers recently did:
Featurette: The Walking Dead – Walkers Lurk Under the Streets of NYC
And finally, here’s a little something for Norman Reedus fans on Twitter:
This Sunday, iTunes TV and AMC’s The Walking Dead are hosting a live Twitter Q&A with Norman Reedus. Reedus will be answering fan questions about the series and his character, Daryl. Fans can tweet questions to @iTunesTV using #askNorman up until the start of the live Q&A, this Sunday at 8:30pm EST/5:30pm PST.
The Walking Dead, starring Andrew Lincoln, David Morrissey, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan, Chad Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green, Michael Cudlitz, Christian Serratos, Josh McDermitt, and Emily Kinney, returns for the second half of Season 4 on Sunday, February 9 at 9/8c on AMC.