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Rick

by Alex Zalben

Earlier today, we posted an extensive interview with "The Walking Dead" Producer Gale Anne Hurd up on MTV News, but left out a little bit that should be pretty exciting to fans of the comic book. For those of you worried that the show has moved too far afield, worry no more. Talking about season four, Hurd had this to say:

"We'll actually have episodes in this season that fans of the comic book will very much identify with, recognize, and hopefully appreciate. But since we are divergent tracks... We have characters that don't exist in the comic book, there are characters who have been killed off who are still alive in the comic book, there's no way it can be the comic book come to life, nor did Robert Kirkman want to do that since the very beginning. But there certainly are touchstones from the comic book that fans will recognize this season."

Which begs the question: what storylines, or issues could the show possibly adapt at this point? Potential spoilers, but here are some storylines we might see coming up.

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Walking Dead

by Brett White

There's no time to rest in the "Walking Dead" universe, because even if the zombies have backed off a bit, there are always ruthless humans like the Governor just waiting to make life after the zombie apocalypse a living hell. In a new interview with Collider, "Walking Dead" executive producers Greg Nicotero and Gale Anne Hurd revealed that the upcoming season will lean heavily towards zombie threats following season three's more human drama.

"By the end of last season, the walker threats fell to the wayside," Nicotero told Collider. "What was really, really important to [incoming showrunner] Scott Gimple and I was keeping that threat relevant. It's like a terrorist attack. As soon as you stop thinking about it, or you don't remember that it's there, it hits you. You're the most vulnerable when you're the most comfortable and you think everything is fine. You can see, in the first two episodes, that we've put our characters in situations where they can't see it coming. I think that's exciting because no matter how prepared they think they are and no matter how good of killers they are, in terms of the walkers, they can never be prepared for that, and it's important."

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Who Is Jake Ellis

Who is Jake Ellis? Looks like you're about to find out.

The Hollywood Reporter has the news that longtime "Harry Potter" director David Yates is attached to direct an adaptation of the comic book "Who is Jake Ellis?" for 20th Century Fox. The comic was written by Nathan Edmondson and illustrated by Tonci Zonjic, following the exploits of Jon, a mercenary on the lam, and his mysterious accomplice Jake Ellis, a man that only Jon can see.

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Walking Dead

by Ryan Rigley

With the immense success of AMC's "The Walking Dead," the cable network has recently announced its plans to release a spin-off series set within the parameters of the same universe. "Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer," AMC president Charlie Collier explained in a press release. "We look forward to working with Robert, Gale and Dave again as we develop an entirely new story and cast of characters."

Apparently, said spin-off series will feature all new characters never before seen on either the TV series or within the pages of Kirkman's original comic book series—which means we won't be seeing Rick and the gang at all in this new show. However, what if the powers that be decide to focus the spin-off series on one of the comic book's supporting characters? Here are five that deserve a bit more small screen attention.

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by Brett White

A new promo for "The Walking Dead's" fourth season combines and expands upon a lot of the footage we've already seen, providing a bit more context for crazy things like peeling out on top of zombies. It also provides more of the bloody stakes surrounding Glenn's "There's walkers in D!" exclamation from a few promos ago.

In addition to the expanded footage, there's a lot of new footage crammed into this quick 30 seconds, including some tense moments from Carol, Rick, Michonne, and, well, everybody. I mean, there's just a few chain link fences between the humans and the zombies, and those fences sure don't look that stable in nearly every promo photo and teaser. You can check out the new promo below, and you can check out a few new cast photos after the jump!

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Walking Dead

by Brett White

Looks like the "Walking Dead" is still adding zombie snacks—I mean people—to the cast list. Just a few weeks before the premiere of the AMC horror/drama's fourth season, Deadline reports that the show has added actress Alanna Masterson to the cast as a recurring character with the option of becoming a regular in season five—that is if she survives her debut season, something that many many characters have so far failed to do.

Masterson's role remains a mystery, although Deadline says that she's rumored to be Tara Chalmers, a member of the Chalmers family band whose sole appearance was in the "Rise of the Governor" spin-off novel. Masterson joins Vincent Martella and Christian Serratos as other newcomers to Rick's good ol' prison family.

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Vincent Martella

by Brett White

If Carl was seeking a friend for the end of the world, then he's found one. Actor Vincent Martella has joined the cast of "The Walking Dead," according to Entertainment Weekly. Although it isn't specified just how extensive Martella's involvement in the show's fourth season will be, some concrete info is available about who he's playing. Martella plays Patrick, another survivor who has taken shelter in Rick's prison following the horrific events of season three's finale.

"He's right around Carl's age," Martella told EW. "He's a little bit older. He's one of the new people who Carl gets a little closer with. Carl hasn't really had anybody his age, so now you kind of get to see Carl's relationship with people his own age and that's one of the things that Patrick is bringing to the show."

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Christian Serratos

"The Walking Dead" keeps growing and growing.

Not only is a spinoff series in the works, but a brand-new cast member has joined the ranks of the current "Walking Dead" series, as it marches into its fourth season on AMC. It's "Twilight" actress Christian Serratos, and she's playing a character familiar to fans of the comics: Rosita Espinosa.

Some minor spoilers ahead.

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by Brett White

Forget all of these teeny tiny teasers AMC has been slowly releasing lately for the fourth season of "The Walking Dead." This new featurette has nearly four minutes of intense zombie action, expanding on the footage we've already seen and offering up a ton more—including everything from epic zombie kills to Hershel's garden to Carol's knife class.

Intercut with all of the new footage are interviews from nearly every single cast member and producer working on the show, including new showrunner Scott M. Gimple. "We're going to see them try to get over what they've lost and try to survive beyond that," says Gimple in the clip below. This is required viewing for everyone excited about the show's return on October 13th.

[via Comic Book Resources]

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Wolverine

by Brett White

Wednesday is new comic book day, which also means it's new potential-movie-source-material day. Here are all of the comics and collections out today starring the comic book characters from the movies and television shows of today, tomorrow and yesterday.

Of particular note this week: DC's Forever Evil event continues with Batman, Action Comics and more, Wolverine and Gambit hit the road in the start of a new story in Astonishing X-Men #67, and the zombie apocalypse continues in Walking Dead #114.

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