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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  • "The Sorrowful Life"

    Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln)

  • "The Sorrowful Life"

    A walker.

  • "The Sorrowful Life"

    Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan)

  • "I Ain't a Judas"

    Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker)

  • "I Ain't a Judas"

    Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker), Beth Greene (Emily Kinney), Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus)

  • "The Suicide King"

    Andrea (Laurie Holden)

  • "The Suicide King"

    Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker)

  • "The Suicide King"

    Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan), Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus).

  • The Walking Dead Season 3 Cast

    (L-R) Lori Grimes (Sarah Wayne Callies); Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs); Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus); Carol (Melissa Suzanne McBride); T-Dog (Robert 'IronE' Singleton); Beth Greene (Emily Kinney); Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson); Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln); Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan); Glenn (Steven Yeun); The Governor (David Morrissey); Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Andrea (Laurie Holden) - Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels/AMC

  • The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 1 Stills

    (L-R) Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan), T-Dog (Robert 'IronE' Singleton), Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln).

  • The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 1 Stills

    (L-R) Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), T-Dog (Robert 'IronE' Singleton), Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) .

  • The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 1 Stills

    Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan).

  • The Governor

    The Governor (David Morrissey)

  • Merle

    Merle (Michale Rooker).

  • Rick Grimes

    Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln).

  • Michonne

    Michonne (Danai Gurira).

  • The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 1 Stills

    Your friendly jail zombie.

  • The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 1 Stills

    Your friendly neighborhood zombie.

  • Michonne & Friends

    Michonne (Danai Gurira)

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