It’s begun -- not the zombie apocalypse, but the mass chaos surrounding season four of “The Walking Dead.” Fans are hungry for spoilers and desperate times call for desperate measures. A supposed leaked trailer of season four of the hit AMC series has begun to make the rounds online, but it’s not exactly what you think.
The leaked trailer video in question was actually posted at the beginning of April, but only began to pick up speed following AMC’s 4th of July weekend “Walking Dead” marathon. Teasing the return of the Governor in October, the video initially looks legitimate until four seconds in. “The Governor have a new empire,” text on the bottom of the screen reads. “Gover-Rolled.”
In a “Rick-Rolled” like twist, the trail has the Governor’s David Morrissey dancing in a casino/arcade while Pitbull’s song “Don’t Stop the Party” plays in the background. Unfortunately it’s not a flashback clip of Philip in happier pre-apocalypse times. The video is actually from the 2008 miniseries, “Blackpool.” Instead of Pitbull, Morrissey dances around the arcade singing Jimmy Cliff’s “You Can Get It If You Really Want.”
This isn’t the first time that overzealous fans have tricked others. During the season three winter break of “The Walking Dead,” a gruesome photo of actor Norman Reedus began circulating. The photo turned up on DreadCentral.com and showed the actor hanging from a noose with his intestines coming out. While the photograph was initially believed to be a shot from the set of episode nine, “The Suicide King,” it was actually a photo from the 2009 film “Pandorum.” “Pandorum” -- which starred Reedus, Dennis Quaid and “Twilight” star Cam Gigandet -- was about crew members on a spaceship who “wake up with no knowledge of their mission or their identities.”
The wait for an official season four trailer continues, but in the meantime fans can catch up on some of the most recent spoilers:
-The premiere, episode one, is rumored to be called “30 Days Without An Accident.” It was penned by new showrunner Scott M. Gimple and is believed to feature a time jump 4-11 months after the Governor’s attack on the prison.
-Episode six will introduce a couple of new characters, a grumpy older man named Don, a former nurse and single mother named Laura as well as a “tough and funny” woman named Melody.
-Episode seven is currently titled “Dead Weight” and will introduce two new character, brothers named Mack and Patrick. Similar to that of Daryl and Merle, Patrick, a guest role, is “fair minded,” while his brother, Mack, a recurring role, is “an aggressive wiseass.”
-New promo art for season four was released in early July for the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con. The banner shows the four major players this season will be Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman), Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Michonne (Danai Gurira).
Amanda Remling studied journalism at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ.
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