Continuing his trend of being the most forthcoming of “The Walking Dead” bunch, Robert Kirkman has unveiled a boatload of excited teases of the upcoming back half of Season 4.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the “Walking Dead” comics creator discusses the introduction of three exciting new characters: Abraham, Eugene and Rosita. Like Gale Anne Hurd teased to Zap2it, they’re coming soon.

“These characters are going to be extremely similar to who they were in the comics and I’m really excited about that,” he tells the site. “The visuals and costuming for them has been absolutely amazing. These people really do look like they were torn out of the comic page, it’s pretty startling.”

He continues, “I will say people excited for the introduction of these characters won’t have to wait very long. I don’t want to reveal exactly when they’ll be introduced, but it won’t be too terribly late in the season so get your hopes up. They really are going to add a very interesting and very compelling dynamic to the show. I think they’re going to bring in elements to the show that we’ve never really explored before and I think that’s exciting and something that’s going to change the game to a certain extent.”

There are a lot of other confirmations in the interview, from Kirkman saying viewers will “definitely learn a ton more” about the radio signal to revealing that the identity of the person with a rat fascination will be a “whole plot thread” in the upcoming episodes.

As for Carol being reintroduced to the group, Kirkman hedges, “Carol was exiled from the prison because of what she did. And now all of our characters have in a sense been exiled from the prison. So, you know … they’re all pretty much in the same place now.”

Of Judith’s questioned fate, Kirkman says, “All I know is that there’s a bloody car seat so things aren’t looking too good.” As for Tara and Lilly, he teases, “There are some people in that mix that we didn’t see die that could theoretically pop up at some point in the future.”

Kirkman wouldn’t reveal anything about the mysterious character Gareth except that there is a character named Gareth. He was similarly close-lipped about Morgan’s potential return, though he did say, “We all love Lennie James and we all want to see Morgan again so it may happen at some point, it may not. We all want to see Morgan again as much as the fans do. You never know.”

If viewers couldn’t tell already, these next eight episodes are intended to spin “The Walking Dead” on its head. Kirkman confirms that saying that the second half of Season 4 is about forcing people to survive on their own.

“What the show has been about — in some part at least for the last two seasons — is you need people to survive,” he says. “Now we’re taking that away from these people. Now they’re separated, they’re on their own, and things are much more deadly than they’ve ever been. … To some extent this is their darkest period that these characters have gone through yet.”

“The Walking Dead” returns to AMC on Feb. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Posted by:Terri Schwartz