The fourth season of The Walking Dead, an American horror-drama television series on AMC, premiered on October 13, 2013, and concluded on March 30, 2014, consisting of 16 episodes. Developed for television by Frank Darabont, the series is based on the eponymous series of comic books by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. It was executive produced by Kirkman, David Alpert, Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotero, Tom Luse, and Gale Anne Hurd. Gimple assumed the role of showrunner after Glen Mazzara‘s departure from the series.
The season was well received by critics, and won for Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series at the 40th Saturn Awards. The series and cast were also nominated in several categories at the 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards and 66th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
Season four adapts material from issues #39–61 of the comics and introduces notable comic characters Bob Stookey, Abraham Ford, Eugene Porter, Rosita Espinosa, and Lilly, as well as the Chambler family, a modified version of the Chalmers family from The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor tie-in novel. The season continues the story of former sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes, who relinquished his leadership in order to live a quiet life in contrast to his cold-hearted nature in the previous season. Rick and his fellow survivors struggle to maintain their idealistic lifestyle in the prison in the face of threats within and outside the premises, including the reappearance of The Governor.
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