Under new showrunner, Scott Gimple, who has been reading the comics since their start 10 years ago, Kirkman tells The Hollywood Reporter that the show will focus more on characters.
More than any other showrunner, Scott actually read the comics regularly and was a huge fan before show existed and watched the first season and was a fan before he was brought on as a writer in season two. He absolutely loves the material. We are definitely going in some new directions and this will continue to be a different take on the material form the comics but there will possibly be some scenes that are a little bit closer to the comic than we’ve done in the past. 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.
It sounds as if things will be different as we go into season 4.
The Walking Dead returns this October with brand new episodes. The series stars Andrew Lincoln, David Morrissey, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green, and Emily Kinney.