'The Walking Dead' Season 4: Chad Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green And Emily Kinney Promoted To Series Regulars

Season 4 of "The Walking Dead" will have a few more (living) bodies on the ground when the AMC show returns in October. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chad Coleman (Tyreese), Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha) and Emily Kinney (Beth) have been promoted to series regular status beginning next year, alongside David Morrissey as the nefarious Governor.

The world of "The Walking Dead" needs a little repopulation after the bloody third season, which saw us lose Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori), IronE Singleton (T-Dog), Michael Rooker (Merle), Dallas Roberts (Milton) and -- most shockingly -- Laurie Holden (Andrea) in the finale.

Additionally, Melissa Ponzio (Karen) will reappear in Season 4 as a recurring guest star, the sole survivor of the Governor's brutal attack on his own army in Woodbury. Coleman and Martin-Green play siblings who were an integral part of Rick's (Andrew Lincoln) fight against the Governor. Kinney has recurred since Season 2 as the youngest daughter of Hershel (Scott Wilson).

"The Walking Dead" earned its best ratings yet for the Season 3 finale, racking up 12.4 million viewers after breaking records for both its Season 3 premiere and midseason return.

Season 4 of "The Walking Dead" will see "a very different Rick," Robert Kirkman recently told IGN. "One of his main goals is to manage this situation with Carl and see if he can bring him back from this darkness that's crept into him." Executive producer Gale Anne Hurd also promised, "we are going to amp up the threat of the walkers," in Season 4, "because they've started to seem like a manageable threat. They are not a manageable threat ... But, it is the people who you think you can trust who betray you, that you have to fear. It is the monster inside you. We all have them. How do we keep them in check?"

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