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The next season of zom-phenom Walking Dead will start its UK run later this month and will be much more disturbing this time around, according to Andrew Lincoln, aka proud-jawed cop Rick Grimes.

Describing the tenor of season 4, which starts in the UK on the Fox Network on October 18th, Lincoln warned fans to prepare for a “deeper, darker’ season.

That suggests we can probably pencil in the loss of more leading characters, after Laurie’s genuinely shocking death during childbirth in the last run.

That sentiment was echoed by Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie Greene, in the series, and who has intimated that ‘slow-burning’ shocks are certainly in store.

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She said: "There's this wonderful slow burn to this season that really, really catches you off guard when something happens, because what we get this season that I don't think we've had as much of is very specific deep character development.

"Where we go off on these little loops into these characters' lives and then you're just caught from the side with the horror."

In other Walking Dead news, it was recently confirmed that Alanna Masterston is joining the cast midway through the fourth season.

The smart money among Dead Heads and is on Masterton assuming the role of tough-as-old boots Apocalypse survivor Tara Chalmers from the original graphic novel.

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