'Walking Dead' Season 4: Cast expands with three new regulars, one recurring
The moves signal a commitment to some of the comic book's core characters -- especially Tyreese -- and help to fill gaps created by the Season 3 loss of full-time cast members Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori), Michael Rooker (Merle) and Laurie Holden (Andrea), plus recurring players IronE Singleton (T-Dog), Lew Temple (Axel) and Dallas Roberts (Milton).
AMC's smash hit already confirmed the return of David Morrissey (The Governor) in Season 4.
Whether or not the promotions for Coleman, Martin-Green and Kinney means their characters are less likely to wind up walker-bait in Season 4 is hard to say. Nothing seems guaranteed on "The Walking Dead," even for the actors appearing in the opening credits.
Word also leaked this week that the show is casting for a brand new recurring character.
[Correction: An earlier version of this story implied that "The Walking Dead" co-stars Melissa McBride (Carol) and Scott Wilson (Hershel) are not contracted as series regulars.]