Watching the season 4 premiere of The Walking Dead, it was easy to imagine you had fallen into a Rick Grimes-esque coma and missed a few shows. When did Andrew Lincoln’s much-tortured cop become so handy with a hoe? When was David Morrissey‘s depth perception-challenged maniac The Governor going to make an appearance? And, perhaps most bewilderingly, when did it become okay for Carol to call Daryl “Pookie”?
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How much time has gone by in-between the end of season 3 and the start of season 4?
ROBERT KIRKMAN: We say “a few months.” Some people think a few is two, some people think a few is three. It’s a vague answer.
What’s up with Rick and the gardening?
Well, we like to change things up. I have to say that is my favorite opening of any season thus far — just the fact that it’s the Walking Dead but it’s about a guy who comes out and starts hoeing a garden. I was thrilled about that from the moment that (Walking Dead showrunner) Scott Gimple suggested it.