Moderated by Yvette Nicole Brown (“Community”), the panel was helmed by Robert Kirkman, Greg Nicotero, Scott Gimple, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert, Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus (who brought stuffed squirrels to throw to the audience), Steven Yuen, Chad L. Coleman, Danai Gurira and Lauren Cohan.
They not only offered sneak peeks and revelations into future episodes but the big news was the addition comic book characters portrayed by Michael Cudlitz (“Southland”) as “Sgt. Abraham Ford,” Christian Serratos (“Twilight”) as “Rosita Espinosa” and actor/comedian Josh McDermitt as “Eugene.” Cudlitz made his intro at the panel as an angry fan demanding Abraham on the show, before the panel "conceded" and revealed him.
Another teaser was that characters from the successful "The Walking Dead" video game from Telltale Games might make their way onto the show (some fans speculate Michonne pointing to the Georgia town of Macon in last night's ep supports that).
So what’s up with “Carl” this season? Andrew Lincoln teased a little, “Chandler is going to kick ass. Wait for episode 9. There’s a spoiler. I don’t care. I’ve just said it.” Lincoln even went on to say that if he were to play a different character on the show, it would be “Carl.” Why? The ass-kicking.
On reading one of the later scripts, Lincoln described that he was “so disturbed” and “shell-shocked.” He added, ”I was trying to call everybody because I needed to speak to a human voice. We are going to get in so much trouble in this episode.”
If you watched last night’s episode, you may have noticed that romance was in the air. During the panel, Reedus mentioned that a Daryl/Carol (“Darol?”) romance is being worked on.
According to Showrunner, Scott Gimple, “By the end of this season, I think you’re going to know all these characters even more. I think you learn more about Sasha, you learn more about Tyreese. We shot it in May, so we’re dying for you guys to see it.” He mentioned on last night’s “The Talking Dead” that each character will have a story this season. This, of course, makes it even more heartbreaking when they’re killed off.
Be sure to read our recap of last night's episode and let us know your thoughts on the premiere and expectations of Season Four.