Please excuse the lack of any major revelations concerning The Walking Dead's upcoming fourth season (set to premiere in October) here. In an interview with IGN, series and comic book mastermind Robert Kirkman discussed the hit zombie-heavy show's next new batch of episodes, though, in Kirkman's typically withheld approach, very little was said. The one major tidbit, though, is that things aren't going to change very much.

“I’ll say that there are a lot of familiar elements that are remaining," says Kirkman. "Michonne is still around, Rick and his group are still in the prison, the Governor’s still out there… so there are a lot of things that are carrying over from Season 3 to Season 4." Though he adds that those already established storytelling pieces won't result in too much viewer déjà vu. "There are going to be some radical changes to those elements that are going to bring in a lot of new storytelling. While [Season 4] does seem somewhat familiar, it’s going to be vastly different from Season 3.”

Sound exciting? Frankly, if you ask us, not so much. It all comes down to the recent season finale's lack of resolution. Aside from a few fatalities along the way, The Walking Dead's latest season promised a lot as it transpired yet ended with an anti-climax that makes the next six months feel more like a pause than a respite. And knowing that Rick's (Andrew Lincoln) post-apocalyptic world will essentially look exactly like it did this past weekend, Season 3 feels even less fulfilling as a standalone experience.

Fingers crossed that, at the very least, Carl's (Chandler Riggs) transition from shell-shocked kid to burgeoning sociopath yields some shock moments. And not, you know, any sudden betrayals of character a la Merle's (Michael Rooker) nonsensical and unbelievable decision to let Michonne (Danai Gurira) loose. That was arguably TV's most boneheaded moment of 2013 so far.

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