The Walking Dead television series has had its share of ups and downs but it’s come a long way since the stagnation of season 2. Its originality and scope have only heightened with every passing year and fans of the comic book seem to be just as thrilled and randomly surprised as followers of the television series. The taboo project of “Zombie TV” has grown to become more commonplace, with shows like In The Flesh, the SyFy original Z Nation, and the failed Amazon Zombieland spinoff. All of this is because of the success of The Walking Dead, a long-lasting stalwart of visual horror and, most of all, entertainment. And according to Robert Kirkman, the visionary behind it all, things are about to get even better.
When last we saw our heroes, they were being herded into a house of pain. Duped into seeking shelter in a kill zone called Terminus, our formerly scattered friends finally got the band back together, but under the worst situation possible. Beckoned by the radio wave mantra “those who arrive, survive,” everyone who is dead tired of being chased by zombies is likely to take the bait. Our guys here are no different and that’s where Season 5 picks up. Rick, Daryl and the gang have found themselves locked in a storage container, surely awaiting their deaths. But how will they go? Who will go? Will we see the demise of yet another beloved character? Where the hell is Beth, for crying out loud?! Answers await us, and if Kirkman can be believed even a little bit, we’ll get them in the most awesome fashions possible.
“There’s a lot of big revelations that haven’t really come out that I think people are gonna be pretty startled by. There’s a couple other revelations that I think people might’ve gotten a little bit of a lead on. We’ll definitely be defining those in some cool ways and confirming some theories and shooting down others, which is very exciting. But I think the coolest thing about coming back to season 5 is that we really hit the ground running. What I mean by that is that we very quickly deal with the situation that we left them in — this trapped, victim situation where they’re kind of at the mercy of the people of Terminus.”
He goes on, this time with new casting information…
“News is already out that Seth Gilliam has been added, and we’re bringing in new characters like we always do, and I think season 5 is going to be our best season yet. I think when people finally see the premiere, they’ll see what I’m talking about.”
Compared to the lethargic year they spent on that farm, last season was the first 10 minutes of Saving Private Ryan. It was an action-packed King of Ridiculousness with crazy heaped onto crazy. Storylines ranged from what happens when you trust the worst babysitter ever to why we can never let Daryl drink liquor. But first and foremost, they managed to make Beth interesting for once, then lost her. Where the hell is Beth?
Kirkman was tight-lipped about her whereabouts, but did expand upon a lot of other character information. For instance, apparently Andrew Lincoln’s character Rick has spent a long time finding himself on TV while his comic book character’s been enjoying badass status for awhile now. Kirkman foreshadows that kind of welcome change in TV Rick. There’s also mention of Seth Gilliam in a priest’s collar, an image readers will find familiar, but Kirkman doesn’t want to talk about just yet. He will, however, tell you more about how Season 5 will be super cool in all respects. And I’ll trust him on that because whether he’s right or not, I’m watching it anyway. Even though some of last season tested my intelligence a bit…
First of all, who the hell thinks a place called “Terminus” is where you go for granny’s home-made cookies? I’m almost positive it was located on the corners of Destructa Lane and Extermino Street. Then, there’s the way Beth got abducted. Plausible in the most lenient of Mythbusters judgements. And The Walking Dead has a way of telling you who is gonna die every season. If they’re not expressly following the comic, you know the doomed soul is the character everyone hates. That’s how Lori, T-Dog and Andrea bought it. Being able to make those predictions gets a bit stale to me. Anyway, nice knowing ya Carl.
Have a look at the newest teaser. Doesn’t tell you much, but it looks cool.
Via – EW