Robert Kirkman believes Series four of the hugely popular television adaptation of The Walking Dead will stay faithful to its graphic novel source material.

New showrunner Scott Gimple is a massive fan of the graphic novel and several scenes in the upcoming series have been taken directly from the graphic novel.  In the past the series has wandered away from the original source material’s plot and taken it’s own path, this however has been no bad thing, Daryl Dixon the fan favourite has no basis in the original graphic novel and I think we can all agree that the TV series wouldn’t be the same without him.

Daryl Dixon

Daryl Dixon is the best thing about the show

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter Kirkman said “He [Scott Gimple] absolutely loves the material. Season four probably has the most number of scenes that are adapted directly from the comic series or very close to what we did.”

“A good deal of that is from Scott and the way he views that material and puts forth that extra effort to work it into the show in a way that it all works.”

Kirkman also confirmed that The Walking Dead season four will pick up several months after its predecessor, and find the show’s cast “very different from the last time we saw them”.

He added: “We go into season four with characters you’ve known for four years and still find new things to explore with them and new aspects of their character and see that they are growing and changing in extremely dramatic ways due to the strains that this world has put upon them.”

We literally can’t wait for the Walking Dead’s return, it’s interesting to hear about the new faithful approach to the source material. As a reader of the graphic novel the progression of the Governor’s story and it’s diversion from the map laid out in the book added a nice twist and freshness to the story. If it has progressed exactly as in the books the show would have lacked something for fans of the book.

Series three has already created different plot points which will have to be played out, it’ll be interesting to see how Gimple balances his faithfulness to graphic novel while continuing to explore the issues left over from series 3.

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The Walking Dead returns for season four on Sunday the 13th of October on AMC.